- (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: You can cover your short transactions by purchasing securities in the distribution at the reduced price.
- 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
OPPOSITES 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
Chanos short-sells, betting that a contract will go down, applying pressure if necessary, including his famous shorting of Enron.Gordon Gekko's Secret Revealed|Randall Lane|September 22, 2010|DAILY BEAST
That's why so many hedge funds began shorting any stock connected to the housing market.The Fools on the Hill|Charlie Gasparino|February 12, 2009|DAILY BEAST
A hedge fund manager no one had ever heard of, Paulson took home $3.7 billion for himself shorting subprime mortgages.The People's Panic|Michael Lewis|November 26, 2008|DAILY BEAST
It looked for all the world like the flash of a live power line shorting out.Gold in the Sky|Alan Edward Nourse
Brion's shots crashed into the control board, shorting and destroying it, removing the menace to Nyjord for all time.Planet of the Damned|Harry Harrison
She heard the low sound of the light ashes falling on the hearth, and the shorting breath of a dog.Henry Dunbar|M. E. Braddon
He seized me with his grapples and shook me until my wiring was in danger of shorting out.B-12's Moon Glow|Charles A. Stearns
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