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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 greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of facts within a comparatively short time, but the ability to form judgments requires the severe discipline of hard work and the tempering heat of experience and maturity.
Calvin Coolidge

Life is too short to worry about anything. You had better enjoy it because the next day promises nothing.
Eric Davis

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 eternity.
Henry Van Dyke
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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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