- (of pastry and the like) crisp and flaky; breaking or crumbling readily from being made with a large proportion of butter or other shortening.
- (of dough) containing a relatively large amount of shortening.
- not possessing at the time of sale commodities or stocks that one sells.
- noting or pertaining to a sale of commodities or stocks that the seller does not possess, depending for profit on a decline in prices.
- lasting a relatively short time: “Bit” has a shorter vowel-sound than “bid” or “bead.”
- belonging to a class of sounds considered as usually shorter in duration than another class, as the vowel of but as compared to that of bought, and in many languages serving as a distinctive feature of phonemes, as the a in German Bann in contrast with the ah in Bahn, or the t in Italian fato in contrast with the tt in fatto (opposed to long).
- having the sound of the English vowels in bat, bet, bit, hot, but, and put, historically descended from vowels that were short in duration.
- (of a syllable in quantitative verse) lasting a relatively shorter time than a long syllable.
- unstressed (def. 1).
- trousers, knee-length or shorter.
- short pants worn by men as an undergarment.
- knee breeches, formerly worn by men.
- Finance. short-term bonds.
- Mining. crushed ore failing to pass through a given screen, thus being of a larger given size than a specific grade.Compare fine1 (def. 31a).
- remnants, discards, or refuse of various cutting and manufacturing processes.
OTHER WORDS FOR short
Idioms about short
- to fail to reach a particular standard.
- to prove insufficient; be lacking: Her funds fell short, and she had to wire home for help.
- in summary.
- in few words; in brief: In short, this has been rather a disappointing day.
- Stock Exchange. to sell stocks or the like without having them in one's actual possession at the time of the sale.
- to disparage or underestimate: Don't sell Tom short; he's really an excellent engineer.
- less than; inferior to.
- inadequately supplied with (money, food, etc.).
- without going to the length of; failing of; excluding: Short of murder, there is nothing he wouldn't have tried to get what he wanted.
Origin of short
synonym study for short
OTHER WORDS FROM shortshort·ness, nouno·ver·short, adjectiveo·ver·short·ness, nounun·short, adjective
How to use short in a sentence
At an even five feet tall, Catanzaro is the shortest competitor in this season of Ninja Warrior, but average for a gymnast.'American Ninja Warrior' May Crown Its First Female Winner Kacy Catanzaro|Rich Goldstein|September 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Among all the monsters Godzilla fights in the movie, the battle with Zilla is the shortest.A Comprehensive History of Toho’s Original Kaiju (and Atomic Allegory) Godzilla|Rich Goldstein|May 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He has 571,000 Twitter followers and has posted some of his shortest stories, just a few lines long, on Instagram.The Book of B.J. Novak: An Absurdist, Scathingly Funny Literary Debut|Caryn James|February 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Palin spoke for just 12 minutes, one of the shortest speeches of the day.
A.J. Clemente: F***in S*^$ The North Dakota news anchor may have set a record for shortest time on the job, any job.Ellen DeGeneres, George W. Bush, A.J. Clemente & More Viral Videos|The Daily Beast Video|April 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It seeks the shortest phrase or sentence and adds successively all the modifiers, making no omissions.Assimilative Memory|Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
Even the policeman who is paid to direct you, replies to your inquiry with the shortest and gruffest monosyllable that will do.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
Short men liked short cuts, but, as Bacon said, the shortest way is commonly the foulest.
Though he knew it was risky he determined to stop and find out where he was and to inquire the shortest way to Palmyra.The Courier of the Ozarks|Byron A. Dunn
Now this is merely the shortest and simplest form of a story, which is found practically all the world over.The Three Days' Tournament|Jessie L. Weston
British Dictionary definitions for short
- not possessing the securities or commodities that have been sold under contract and therefore obliged to make a purchase before the delivery date
- of or relating to such sales, which depend on falling prices for profit
- denoting a vowel of relatively brief temporal duration
- classified as short, as distinguished from other vowels. Thus in English (ɪ) in bin, though of longer duration than (iː) in beat, is nevertheless regarded as a short vowel
- (in popular usage) denoting the qualities of the five English vowels represented orthographically in the words pat, pet, pit, pot, put, and putt
- denoting a vowel that is phonetically short or a syllable containing such a vowel. In classical verse short vowels are followed by one consonant only or sometimes one consonant plus a following l or r
- (of a vowel or syllable in verse that is not quantitative) not carrying emphasis or accent; unstressed
- to prove inadequate
- (often foll by of) to fail to reach or measure up to (a standard)
- a short contract or sale
- a short seller
- as a summary
- in a few words
Derived forms of shortshortness, noun
Word Origin for short
Other Idioms and Phrases with short
In addition to the idioms beginning with short
- short and sweet
- short end of the stick, the
- short for
- short haul
- short notice, on
- short of
- short order
- short run
- short shrift, give
- by the short hairs
- caught short
- cut short
- fall short
- for short
- in brief (short)
- in short order
- in short supply
- in the long (short) run
- life is too short
- long and short of it
- long (short) haul
- make a long story short
- make short work of
- nothing short of
- run short
- sell short
- stop short