shortfall

[ shawrt-fawl ]
/ ˈʃɔrtˌfɔl /

noun

the quantity or extent by which something falls short; deficiency; shortage.
the act or fact of falling short.

Nearby words

  1. shorten,
  2. shortened form,
  3. shortening,
  4. shorter,
  5. shorter catechism,
  6. shortfin corvina,
  7. shortgrass,
  8. shorthair,
  9. shorthaired,
  10. shorthand

Origin of shortfall

1890–95; short + fall; from verb phrase fall short

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British Dictionary definitions for shortfall

shortfall

/ (ˈʃɔːtˌfɔːl) /

noun

failure to meet a goal or a requirement
the amount of such a failure; deficiencya shortfall of £30m
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Word Origin and History for shortfall

shortfall

n.

also short-fall, 1895; see short (adj.) + fall (v.).

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