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Dictionary definition for: Short

1. (n) the location on a baseball field where the shortstop is stationed

2. (r) quickly and without warning; "he stopped suddenly"

3. (a) 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"

4. (v) cheat someone by not returning him enough money

5. (r) without possessing something at the time it is contractually sold; "he made his fortune by selling short just before the crash"

6. (a) primarily spatial sense; having little length or lacking in length; "short skirts" "short hair" "the board was a foot short" "a short toss"

7. (v) create a short-circuit in

8. (n) accidental contact between two points in an electric circuit that have a potential difference

9. (n) the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed between 2nd and 3rd base

10. (r) clean across; "the car''s axle snapped short"

11. (a) low in stature; not tall; "his was short and stocky" "short in stature" "a short smokestack"

12. (r) at some point or distance before a goal is reached; "he fell short of our expectations"

13. (s) 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"

14. (a) not holding securities or commodities that one sells in expectation of a fall in prices; "a short sale" "short in cotton"

15. (r) so as to interrupt; "She took him up short before he could continue"

16. (a) of speech sounds (especially vowels) of relatively short duration (as e.g. the English vowel sounds in "pat'', "pet'', "pit'', "pot'', putt'')

17. (r) at a disadvantage; "I was caught short"

18. (r) tightly; "she caught him up short on his lapel"

19. (s) containing a large amount of shortening; therefore tender and easy to crumble or break into flakes; "shortbread is a short crumbly cookie" "a short flaky pie crust"

20. (s) less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so; "a light pound" "a scant cup of sugar" "regularly gives short weight"

21. (r) 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"

22. (s) used of syllables that are unaccented or of relatively brief duration

23. (s) (of memory) deficient in retentiveness or range; "a short memory"

24. (s) lacking foresight or scope; "a short view of the problem" "shortsighted policies" "shortsighted critics derided the plan" "myopic thinking"

25. (s) unwilling to endure; "she was short with the slower students"

26. (s) quickly aroused to anger; "a hotheaded commander"

27. (s) most direct; "took the shortest and most direct route to town"

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