- short [shôrt]adj.[ME < OE scort, akin to ON skort, short piece of clothing, OHG scurz, short < IE * (s)kerd- < base * (s)ker-, to cut, SHEAR < CURT]1. not extending far from end to end; not long or not long enough2. not great in span, range, or scope [a short distance, journey, throw, view, etc.]3. low or relatively low in height; not tall4.a) lasting only a little time; briefb) passing quickly [a few short weeks]5. not retentive for long [a short memory]6. condensed or concise, as a literary style, story, speech, etc.7. brief or abrupt to the point of rudeness; curt8. quickly angered or irked9. less than or lacking a sufficient or correct amount, amount of time, etc. [a short measure, short on money, short notice]10. not far enough to reach the mark, objective, etc. [the shot fell short]11. having a tendency to break or crumble; friable; specif.,a) crisp or flaky, as pastry made from dough rich in shorteningb) brittle and inductile when cold (cold short) or hot (hot short): said of metal☆ c) not having in possession at the time of sale the commodity or security one is selling in anticipation of a decline in priced) designating or of a sale of commodities or securities not in the possession of the seller: see also SHORT SALE12. Phonet.a) articulated for a relatively short time; brief in duration: said of a speech soundb) popularly not diphthongized [the short a in “pan” ]: opposed to LONG1, adj. 12 b13. Prosodya) requiring a relatively short time to pronounce: said of syllables in quantitative verseb) unstressed: said of syllables in accentual versen.1. something that is short; specif.,a) a short sound or syllable, contrasted with one that is longb) a film usually less than 30 min. in lengthc) a fish or lobster below the size that may be legally takend) a shot that falls short of the target or objective2. a variation of clothing size shorter than the average for that size3. [pl.]a) short, loose trousers reaching partway to the knee, worn in sports, etc.☆ b) men's undershorts4. [pl.] items needed to make up a shortage or deficiency5. [pl.] a byproduct of wheat milling that consists of bran, germ, and coarse meal6. [pl.] trimmings, clippings, etc. left over in the manufacture of various products7. short for☆ a) SHORTSTOPb) SHORT CIRCUIT8. one who has not yet covered the short sale of a stock, commodity, etc.adv.1. abruptly; suddenly2. rudely; curtly3. briefly; concisely4. so as to be short in length5. by surprise; unawares [caught short]6. by a short salevt., vi.1. to give less than what is needed, wanted, or usual2. short fora) SHORTCHANGEb) SHORT-CIRCUITSYN.- BRIEF——————for shortby way of abbreviation or contraction——————in short1. in summing up; to summarize2. in a few words; briefly——————run shortto have or be less than enough——————short and sweetagreeably or expeditiously brief——————short forbeing a shortened form of, or an abbreviation or nickname for——————short of1. not equaling; less than2. without a sufficient or correct amount of; lacking3. not far enough to reach (the mark, objective, etc.)4. without actually resorting to——————☆ the short end of the stickthe worst of a dealshortnessn.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.