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Definition of 'short'

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  1. the location on a baseball field where the shortstop is stationed
  2. accidental contact between two points in an electric circuit that have a potential difference
       Synonyms: short circuit
  3. the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed between second and third base
       Synonyms: shortstop


  1. cheat someone by not returning him enough money
       Synonyms: short-change
  2. create a short circuit in
       Synonyms: short-circuit


  1. primarily temporal sense; indicating or being or seeming to be limited in duration; "a short life"; "a short flight"; "a short holiday"; "a short story"; "only a few short months"
       Antonyms: long
  2. (primarily spatial sense) having little length or lacking in length; "short skirts"; "short hair"; "the board was a foot short"; "a short toss"
       Antonyms: long
  3. low in stature; not tall; "he was short and stocky"; "short in stature"; "a short smokestack"
       Antonyms: tall
  4. not sufficient to meet a need; "an inadequate income"; "a poor salary"; "money is short"; "on short rations"; "food is in short supply"; "short on experience"
       Synonyms: inadequate poor
  5. (of memory) deficient in retentiveness or range; "a short memory"
       Synonyms: unretentive forgetful
       Antonyms: retentive recollective long tenacious
  6. not holding securities or commodities that one sells in expectation of a fall in prices; "a short sale"; "short in cotton"
       Antonyms: long
  7. of speech sounds or syllables of relatively short duration; "the English vowel sounds in `pat', `pet', `pit', `pot', putt' are short"
       Antonyms: long
  8. less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so; "a light pound"; "a scant cup of sugar"; "regularly gives short weight"
       Synonyms: light scant
  9. lacking foresight or scope; "a short view of the problem"; "shortsighted policies"; "shortsighted critics derided the plan"; "myopic thinking"
       Synonyms: shortsighted unforesightful myopic
  10. tending to crumble or break into flakes due to a large amount of shortening; "shortbread is a short crumbly cookie"; "a short flaky pie crust"
  11. marked by rude or peremptory shortness; "try to cultivate a less brusque manner"; "a curt reply"; "the salesgirl was very short with him"
       Synonyms: brusque brusk curt


  1. quickly and without warning; "he stopped suddenly"
       Synonyms: abruptly suddenly dead
  2. without possessing something at the time it is contractually sold; "he made his fortune by selling short just before the crash"
  3. clean across; "the car's axle snapped short"
  4. at some point or distance before a goal is reached; "he fell short of our expectations"
  5. so as to interrupt; "She took him up short before he could continue"
  6. at a disadvantage; "I was caught short"
       Synonyms: unawares
  7. in a curt, abrupt and discourteous manner; "he told me curtly to get on with it"; "he talked short with everyone"; "he said shortly that he didn't like it"
       Synonyms: curtly shortly

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