• WordNet 3.6
    • adj short marked by rude or peremptory shortness "try to cultivate a less brusque manner","a curt reply","the salesgirl was very short with him"
    • adj short 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"
    • adj short (primarily spatial sense) having little length or lacking in length "short skirts","short hair","the board was a foot short","a short toss"
    • adj short 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"
    • adj short of speech sounds or syllables of relatively short duration "the English vowel sounds in `pat', `pet', `pit', `pot', putt' are short"
    • adj short not holding securities or commodities that one sells in expectation of a fall in prices "a short sale","short in cotton"
    • adj short lacking foresight or scope "a short view of the problem","shortsighted policies","shortsighted critics derided the plan","myopic thinking"
    • adj short (of memory) deficient in retentiveness or range "a short memory"
    • adj short 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"
    • adj short less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so "a light pound","a scant cup of sugar","regularly gives short weight"
    • adj short low in stature; not tall "he was short and stocky","short in stature","a short smokestack","a little man"
    • adv short quickly and without warning "he stopped suddenly"
    • adv short 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"
    • adv short at a disadvantage "I was caught short"
    • adv short so as to interrupt "She took him up short before he could continue"
    • adv short at some point or distance before a goal is reached "he fell short of our expectations"
    • adv short clean across "the car's axle snapped short"
    • adv short without possessing something at the time it is contractually sold "he made his fortune by selling short just before the crash"
    • v short create a short circuit in
    • v short cheat someone by not returning him enough money
    • n short the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed between second and third base
    • n short the location on a baseball field where the shortstop is stationed
    • n short accidental contact between two points in an electric circuit that have a potential difference
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Showing a short decorative column Showing a short decorative column
Kiln Car designed for handling Short Tub or Pail Staves Kiln Car designed for handling Short Tub or Pail Staves
Kiln Car Designed for handling Short Piece Stock Kiln Car Designed for handling Short Piece Stock
Short-sighted Old Lady Short-sighted Old Lady
Short-sighted Lady Golfer Short-sighted Lady Golfer
Short-sighted Golfer Short-sighted Golfer
Hughes' Short-Range Lantern Hughes' Short-Range Lantern

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Irish Wolfhound dogs have a short lifespan and live about 7-8 years
    • Short (Phonetics) A short sound, syllable, or vowel. "If we compare the nearest conventional shorts and longs in English, as in “bit” and “beat,” “not” and “naught,” we find that the short vowels are generally wide, the long narrow, besides being generally diphthongic as well. Hence, originally short vowels can be lengthened and yet kept quite distinct from the original longs."
    • Short A summary account. "The short and the long is, our play is preferred."
    • Short Abrupt; brief; pointed; petulant; as, he gave a short answer to the question.
    • Short (Cookery) Breaking or crumbling readily in the mouth; crisp; as, short pastry.
    • Short Breeches; shortclothes.
    • Short (Metal) Brittle.
    • Short Deficient; defective; imperfect; not coming up, as to a measure or standard; as, an account which is short of the trith.
    • Short (Stock Exchange) Engaging or engaged to deliver what is not possessed; as, short contracts; to be short of stock. See The shorts, under Short n., and To sell short, under Short adv.
    • adv Short In a short manner; briefly; limitedly; abruptly; quickly; as, to stop short in one's course; to turn short. "He was taken up very short , and adjudged corrigible for such presumptuous language."
    • Short Insufficiently provided; inadequately supplied; scantily furnished; lacking; not coming up to a resonable, or the ordinary, standard; -- usually with of; as, to be short of money. "We shall be short in our provision."
    • Short Less important, efficaceous, or powerful; not equal or equivalent; less (than); -- with of. "Hardly anything short of an invasion could rouse them again to war."
    • Short Limited in intellectual power or grasp; not comprehensive; narrow; not tenacious, as memory. "Their own short understandings reach
      No farther than the present."
    • Short Limited in quantity; inadequate; insufficient; scanty; as, a short supply of provisions, or of water.
    • Short Not distant in time; near at hand. "Marinell was sore offended
      That his departure thence should be so short ."
      "He commanded those who were appointed to attend him to be ready by a short day."
    • Short Not extended in time; having very limited duration; not protracted; as, short breath. "The life so short , the craft so long to learn.""To short absense I could yield."
    • Short Not long; having brief length or linear extension; as, a short distance; a short piece of timber; a short flight. "The bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it."
    • Short (Phon) Not prolonged, or relatively less prolonged, in utterance; -- opposed to long, and applied to vowels or to syllables. In English, the long and short of the same letter are not, in most cases, the long and short of the same sound; thus, the i in ill is the short sound, not of i in isle, but of ee in eel, and the e in pet is the short sound of a in pate, etc. See Quantity, and Guide to Pronunciation, §§22, 30.
    • Short Short, inferior hemp.
    • Short The part of milled grain sifted out which is next finer than the bran. "The first remove above bran is shorts ."
    • v. i Short To fail; to decrease.
    • v. t Short To shorten.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: People still cut the cheese shortly after death
    • short Not long; having little length or linear extension: as, a short distance; a short flight; a short stick or string.
    • short Not tall; low in stature.
    • short Not long in time; of brief duration.
    • short Not up to a required standard or amount; not reaching a certain point; lacking; scant; insufficient; deficient: as, a short supply of provisions; short allowance of money; short weight or measure.
    • short In this sense much used predicatively, followed by of, in comparative statements.
    • short Less than; inferior to: as, his escape was little short of a miracle.
    • short Inadequate to; incommensurate to.
    • short On the hither side of; not up with or even with; not having reached or attained: as, you are short of the mark.
    • short Deficient in wisdom or discretion; defective; at fault; in error.
    • short Insufficiently provided or supplied (with); scantily furnished (with); not possessed of the required or usual quantity or amount (of): often with of: as, we have not received our allowance, we are still short; to be short of funds, materials, or tools.
    • short In exchange transactions:
    • short Noting something that has been sold short (see under short, adverb); not in hand or possession when contract to deliver is made: as, short stocks.
    • short Noting transactions in values not possessed at the time of contract, but to be procured before the time of delivery: as, short sales.
    • short Not possessed of a sufficiency to meet one's engagements: with of: as, to be short of X preferred.
    • short Of or pertaining to those who have sold short: as, the short interest in the market (that is, the “bears,” or those persons who have sold short, and whose interest it is to depress prices).
    • short Not far in the future: not distant in time; near at hand.
    • short Limited in power or grasp; not far-reaching or comprehensive; not tenacious or retentive: said of mental faculties: as, a short memory.
    • short Brief; not lengthy; concise. said of that which is spoken or written.
    • short Said of a speaker or writer.
    • short Curt; brief; abrupt; sharp; petulant; crusty; uncivil: as, a short answer.
    • short In archery, not shot far enough to reach the mark.
    • short Brittle; friable; breaking or crumbling readily; inclined to flake off; defective in point of coherence or adherence: as, pastry is made short with butter or lard; iron is made cold-short by phosphorus, and hot-short by sulphur; the presence of coal-cinders makes mortar short.
    • short Not prolonged in utterance; less in duration than times or sounds called long: said of times, vowels, and syllables. Specifically
    • short In Eng. orthoëpy, noting the pronunciation of the vowels a, e, i, o, u exemplified in the words fat, met, sit, not, nut. See long, adjective, 5 .
    • short Unmixed with water; undiluted; neat, as spirits; hence, strong: as, something short (a glass of spirits as distinguished from beer or other mild beverage).
    • short Small (and hence portable).
    • short The petticoats or the whole dress of young children who have left off the long clothes of early infancy.
    • short plural The right or left hypochondrium; the hypochondriac region, where the short or floating ribs are.
    • short On the stock-exchange, to sell largely, expecting to buy later as many shares as may have been previously sold.
    • n short A summary account: as, the short of the matter: see the long and the short, under long.
    • n short In prosody, a short time or syllable. See long, n., 2.
    • n short Whatever is deficient in number, quantity, or the like.
    • n short plural The bran and coarse part of meal, in mixture.
    • n short plural In rope-making, the toppings and tailings of hemp, which are dressed for bolt-ropes and whale-lines; also, hemp inferior to that used in making staple ropes.
    • n short plural Small-clothes; knee-breeches: a term introduced when but few persons still wore this dress, trousers being more common.
    • n short plural In printing, the copies that have been or should be reprinted to make full a deficient edition.
    • n short In exchange dealings:
    • n short A short sale: as, to cover one's shorts.
    • n short One who has made short sales, or has sold short. See to sell short, below.
    • n short In base-ball, same as short-stop.
    • short In a short manner, in any sense; briefly or curtly; not at length; insufficiently; friably.
    • short To become short; shorten.
    • short Nautical, to take in the slack; haul in.
    • short To make short; shorten.
    • short To make the time appear short to; amuse; divert: used reflexively.
    • n short In electricity, a short circuit.
    • short To short-circuit an electrical machine, line, or system of conductors.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: For a short distance, the bluefin tuna can swim 50 miles per hour.
    • adj Short short comp. Short′er, superl. Short′est) not long in time or space: not tall: near at hand, early in date: scanty, lacking, insufficient: in error, deficient in wisdom, grasp, memory, &c.: narrow: abrupt, curt, sharp, uncivil: brittle, crumbling away readily: not prolonged in utterance, unaccented: (coll.) undiluted with water, neat: falling below a certain standard (with of): of stocks, &c., not having in possession when selling, not able to meet one's engagements, pertaining to short stocks or to those who have sold short
    • adv Short not long
    • n Short a summary account: a short time or syllable: whatever is deficient in number, quantity, &c.: a short sale, one who has made such:
    • v.i Short to become short or shorter: to contract
    • n Short (pl.) small clothes, knee-breeches: the bran and coarse part of meal, in mixture
    • ***


  • Ovid
    “A short absence is the safest.”
  • Horace
    “Whatever advice you give, be short.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Art is long, life short, judgment difficult, opportunity transient.”
  • Socrates
    “Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.”
  • Baltasar Gracian
    “Good things, when short, are twice as good.”
  • Shirley Conran
    Shirley Conran
    “Life is too short to stuff a mushroom.”


A day late and a dollar short - (USA) If something is a day late and a dollar short, it is too little, too late.
Cut a long story short - This idiom is used as a way of shortening a story by getting to to the end or the point.
Deep pockets but short arms - Someone who has money but never puts his hand in his pocket to pay for anything has deep pockets but short arms.
In the short run - This refers to the immediate future.
Short end of the stick - If someone gets the short end of the stick, they are unfairly treated or don't get what they deserve.
Short horse soon curried - A convenient and superficial explanation that is normally unconvincing is a short horse soon curried.
Short shrift - If somebody gives you short shrift, they treat you rudely and brusquely, showing no interest or sympathy.
Short-change - If you are short-changed, someone cheats you of money or doesn't give you full value for something.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. short, schort, AS. scort, sceort,; akin to OHG. scurz, Icel. skorta, to be short of, to lack, and perhaps to E. shear, v. t. Cf. Shirt


In literature:

The place was, in short, a museum.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Styles are short and united at the base with very short stigmas.
"A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses" by Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar
In short, I am a man of the world.
"The Cryptogram" by William Murray Graydon
It is short and decisive.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
Shortly, however, the younger people discovered the possibilities of the after-deck.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
But that was short, if not always sweet.
"Q.6.a and Other places" by Francis Buckley
The days had now become very short, and their journeys grew short in proportion.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
In a short time the boys were duly presented before a gray-haired officer seated at a table placed against the wall of the hut.
"Boy Scouts in the North Sea" by G. Harvey Ralphson
A step far more momentous to him (though then he did not know it) he had taken shortly before.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
To-morrow I will write you another short note, however short.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens

In poetry:

He, the lover of your childhood,
Won a bride both good and fair;
Three short years have not yet passed us,
Mary dear--and now you're there.
"Mary's Death" by Nora Pembroke
Then mourn not the decrees of Fate,
That gave his life so short a date;
And I will join my tenderest sighs,
To think that youth so swiftly flies!
"The Dying Kid" by William Shenstone
Our days of hope and youth are past,
Our short-lived joys for ever flown;
And now when Fortune smiles at last,
She finds me cheerless, chilled — alone!
"Too Late" by Richard Harris Barham
Time is Too Slow for those who Wait,
Too Swift for those who Fear,
Too Long for those who Grieve,
Too Short for those who Rejoice;
But for those who Love,
Time is not.
"Time Is" by Henry Van Dyke
Blest thought! He reigns victorious now,
To whom all earth will shortly bow,
Let men below and saints above
Wonder at such stupendous love,
As caused their God to die.
"The Crucifixion" by Mary Weston Fordham
I GIVE you the health of the oldest friend
That, short of eternity, earth can lend,--
A friend so faithful and tried and true
That nothing can wean him from me and you.
"Our Oldest Friend" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Top row (left to right): tarese, speck, biroldi, pastrami short ribs.
WASHINGTON — Shortly before Thanksgiving in 2010, the leaders of the commission President Obama had appointed to investigate the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico sat down in the Oval Office to brief him.
Navy finds it falls short in Arctic Ocean .
Because beyond the short-term tax cuts and jobs creation in the bill, about a sixth of it is dedicated to longer-term projects.
Goldman Sachs Shorted Greek Debt After It Arranged Those Shady Swaps.
In spite of what some politicians see as short-term political and diplomatic costs, my findings suggest targeted killings are an effective counterterrorism strategy in the long run.
Across the Corn Belt, topsoil moisture was rated mostly very short to short in Missouri (99% very short to short), Nebraska (96%), Illinois (95%), and Iowa (91%).
Was canceled by Comedy Central, Netflix is in discussions with the show's producers about possibly getting Lieutenant Dangle back into his short shorts for more episodes.
Ben mentioned a problem with an electrical upgrade at his house that involved wires that were just too short, which, as we know, leads to an electrical short.
The long and short of it is the long putter will be short-lived.
To ease you into a short work week, here's a short primer on the rumors surrounding what Apple may have up its sleeve, and what it may be up against.
In conjunction with NAR, include in sponsored short sale legislation a safe harbor for servicers and lenders that will protect them from liability to investors when they approve a short sale.
Each week on Selected Shorts, great actors from stage, screen and television bring short stories to life.
A Celebration of the Short Story is a one-hour weekly program featuring readings of short fiction by classic and emerging writers read by top Broadway and Hollywood actors.
10-2-12: Short Sales Falling Short.

In science:

Simulated kinetics of the double-input FFL, with short X1 stimulus followed rapidly by a short X2 stimulus pulse.
Topological Generalizations of network motifs
The root is short if j < r.) The where θ is a highest long or short root of one case left to consider is when i > ak is not a multiple of ak .
Constructing Graded Lie Algebras
Next, we shall study the effect of shorting a shorted operator.
Bilateral Shorted Operators and Parallel Sums
However, while it is bounded it is not short due to the long relation (zu)p+1 = 1 (note that us can be made short using (3.3)).
Presentations of finite simple groups: a quantitative approach
Note that ‘a.e. ω ’ is short for ‘P-almost every environment ω ’, and ‘a.s.’ is short for ‘P almost surely’.
Logarithmic speeds for one-dimensional perturbed random walk in random environment