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'short' - used as an adjective
Synonyms for 'short'
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
2. (primarily spatial sense) having little length or lacking in length
short skirts
short hair
the board was a foot short
a short toss
3. low in stature; not tall
he was short and stocky
short in stature
a short smokestack
4. not sufficient to meet a need
money is short
on short rations
food is in short supply
short on experience
5. (of memory) deficient in retentiveness or range
a short memory
6. not holding securities or commodities that one sells in expectation of a fall in prices
a short sale
short in cotton
7. of speech sounds or syllables of relatively short duration
the English vowel sounds in 'pat', 'pet', 'pit', 'pot', putt' are short
8. less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so
regularly gives short weight
9. lacking foresight or scope
a short view of the problem
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
the salesgirl was very short with him

'short' - used as a adverb
12. quickly and without warning
13. without possessing something at the time it is contractually sold
he made his fortune by selling short just before the crash
14. clean across
the car's axle snapped short
15. at some point or distance before a goal is reached
he fell short of our expectations
16. so as to interrupt
She took him up short before he could continue
17. at a disadvantage
I was caught short
18. in a curt, abrupt and discourteous manner
he talked short with everyone

'short' - used as a noun
19. the location on a baseball field where the shortstop is stationed
20. accidental contact between two points in an electric circuit that have a potential difference
21. the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed between second and third base

'short' - used as a verb
22. cheat someone by not returning him enough money
23. create a short circuit in

derived forms
1. Short / Plural
2. Short / Past
3. Short / Third Person
4. Short / Present Participle
5. Short / Comparitive
6. Short / Superlative
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See also
  • long
  • tall
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