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Definition of Short


  1. Not long; having brief length or linear extension; as, a short distance; a short piece of timber; a short flight.
  2. Not extended in time; having very limited duration; not protracted; as, short breath.
  3. Limited in quantity; inadequate; insufficient; scanty; as, a short supply of provisions, or of water.
  4. 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.
  5. Deficient; defective; imperfect; not coming up, as to a measure or standard; as, an account which is short of the trith.
  6. Not distant in time; near at hand.
  7. Limited in intellectual power or grasp; not comprehensive; narrow; not tenacious, as memory.
  8. Less important, efficaceous, or powerful; not equal or equivalent; less (than); -- with of.
  9. Abrupt; brief; pointed; petulant; as, he gave a short answer to the question.
  10. Breaking or crumbling readily in the mouth; crisp; as, short pastry.
  11. Brittle.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. A summary account.
  15. The part of milled grain sifted out which is next finer than the bran.
  16. Short, inferior hemp.
  17. Breeches; shortclothes.
  18. A short sound, syllable, or vowel.
  19. In a short manner; briefly; limitedly; abruptly; quickly; as, to stop short in one's course; to turn short.
  20. To shorten.
  21. To fail; to decrease.

Short Quotations

Do what you love to do and give it your very best. Whether it's business or baseball, or the theater, or any field. If you don't love what you're doing and you can't give it your best, get out of it. Life is too short. You'll be an old man before you know it.
Al Lopez

The only rule is don't be boring and dress cute wherever you go. Life is too short to blend in.
Paris Hilton

You're only here for a short visit. Don't hurry, don't worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
Walter Hagen

The significance of the cherry blossom tree in Japanese culture goes back hundreds of years. In their country, the cherry blossom represents the fragility and the beauty of life. It's a reminder that life is almost overwhelmingly beautiful but that it is also tragically short.
Homaro Cantu

To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.
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Short Translations

short in Afrikaans is kort
short in Danish is kort
short in Dutch is kort
short in French is court
short in German is kurz, kurze
short in Italian is breve
short in Latin is brevis
short in Norwegian is kort
short in Portuguese is curto
short in Spanish is corto
short in Swedish is kort, kortvarig
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