• WordNet 3.6
    • n shorts underpants worn by men
    • n shorts trousers that end at or above the knee
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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


  • Horace
    “Anger is short madness”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Art is long, life short, judgment difficult, opportunity transient.”
  • Baltasar Gracian
    “Good things, when short, are twice as good.”
  • Henry J. Byron
    Henry J. Byron
    “Life's too short for chess.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Life is short, but there is always time for courtesy.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Courtesy Life be not so short but that there is always time for courtesy.”


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.


In literature:

If Mr. Fairfax had listened to John Short in times past, he would not have needed his help now.
"The Vicissitudes of Bessie Fairfax" by Harriet Parr
Charles Mears, I.M., and Jeremiah Donovan yesterday took a short walk and a short pipe together.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various
Short speeches are likely to require only short conclusions.
"Public Speaking" by Clarence Stratton
A short armistice was concluded, but nothing further came of it, and the war proceeded.
"The Land of the Black Mountain" by Reginald Wyon
How can an engine be moved if the reverse lever or reach rod were caught at short cut-off by a broken spring or hanger?
"The Traveling Engineers' Association" by Anonymous
In short, whether through policy or self-love, it was his desire to persuade.
"History of the Expedition to Russia" by Count Philip de Segur
Indigestion, palpitation, shortness of breath, and physical degeneracy are the inevitable consequences of their folly.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
This list includes single short stories, and collections of short stories.
"The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story" by Various
That short struggle had been no joke.
"The Young Pitcher" by Zane Grey
They commence with Avenue D, a short street, near the East River.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe

In poetry:

Only we can scarce afford
This short office to our Lord:
We, on whom his bounty flows,
All things gives, and nothing owes.
"Nature's Praise" by John Austin
'Tis he who stands so much our friend,
As shortly we shall see,
With open face, world without end,
And in his presence be.
"Of Heaven" by John Bunyan
The day was long, the night was short,
The bed was hard and cold;
Still weary are the little ones,
Still weary are the old.
"The Wolf At The Door" by Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman
Another year! a short one, if it flow
Like that just past,
And I shall stand — if years can make me so —
A man at last.
"Youth And Manhood" by Henry Timrod
I moulded kings and saviours,
And bards o'er kings to rule;—
But fell the starry influence short,
The cup was never full.
"Song of Nature" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
The third arose: She said she'd been
To holy Palestine;
And seen more blood in one short day
Than they had all seen in nine.
"Gondoline" by Henry Kirke White

In news:

Stewart-O'Reilly Rumble: Short on Laughs, Big on Frustration (for Online Viewers).
I am having a tought time synching the Bing carburetors on my 1979 BMW R100RS and would appreciate any and all suggestions short of taking it to a dealer.
Maui comes up just short in AJA title tilt.
The Birmingham News A heavy thunderstorm dumping a large amount of rain in a short time between 10-11 am Wednesday July 18, 2012 prompting the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood warning until 2 pm for the Jefferson County.
But into that short life, he crowded several lives.
Flood barrier plan for Schoharie County buildings falls short of creek crest.
Short Pump, VA Innsbrook 780-2537
Screen short video segments cut from the final broadcast version of Alexander Hamilton , and take a look behind the scenes of the film production.
The other pluses of these programs are stage productions that are short, cheap and engaging for kids as audience members.
The 6th Street Shelter in Allentown was evacuated for a short time Saturday night, due to a small gas leak, officials said.
The things Doreen Giuliano did to catch this guy's eye: At 46, a wife and mother of three, she suddenly went tanning, hit the gym, went blond, bought short skirts and tight tops.
SHORTLY after midnight at a recent party in a midtown Manhattan loft, Howard Goldkrand sat slumped on a couch.
Christopher Durang writes short shorts.
Our popular New Directors/New Films shorts showcase continues with Shorts Program 2, screening on March 31 and April 1.
If you use half a pound of butter in a batch of cookies, it becomes "short" — because "short" means, historically, pastry with a high percentage of fat.

In science:

By Theorem 8.2, every Ii is gp-short and therefore each Ji is group-short.
Interpretable groups are definable
Each set f (Gy ) is gp-short and the parameter set G/H1 is gp-short, so by Lemma 4.8, the union f (G) is gp-short.
Interpretable groups are definable
An element of M n is called short if all its coordinates are short.
Definable groups as homomorphic images of semilinear and field-definable groups
An interval [a, b] is called short if b − a is short, and otherwise it is called long. A definable set X ⊆ M n is called short if it is in definable bijection with a subset of I n for some short interval I .
Definable groups as homomorphic images of semilinear and field-definable groups
The image of a short set under a definable map is short.
Definable groups as homomorphic images of semilinear and field-definable groups