What is the meaning of short?


  • The location on a baseball field where the shortstop is stationed.
  • Accidental contact between two points in an electric circuit that have a potential difference.
  • The fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed between second and third base.



  • Primarily temporal sense; indicating or being or seeming to be limited in duration.
    • usage: "a short life"; "a short flight"; "a short holiday"; "a short story"; "only a few short months"
  • Primarily spatial sense. ( having little length or lacking in length)
    • usage: "short skirts"; "short hair"; "the board was a foot short"; "a short toss"
  • Low in stature; not tall.
    • usage: "he was short and stocky"; "short in stature"; "a short smokestack"; "a little man"
  • Not sufficient to meet a need.
    • usage: "an inadequate income"; "a poor salary"; "money is short"; "on short rations"; "food is in short supply"; "short on experience"
  • Of memory. ( deficient in retentiveness or range)
    • usage: "a short memory"
  • Not holding securities or commodities that one sells in expectation of a fall in prices.
    • usage: "a short sale"; "short in cotton"
  • Of speech sounds or syllables of relatively short duration.
    • usage: "the English vowel sounds in `pat', `pet', `pit', `pot', putt' are short"
  • Less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so.
    • usage: "a light pound"; "a scant cup of sugar"; "regularly gives short weight"
  • Lacking foresight or scope.
    • usage: "a short view of the problem"; "shortsighted policies"; "shortsighted critics derided the plan"; "myopic thinking"
  • Tending to crumble or break into flakes due to a large amount of shortening.
    • usage: "shortbread is a short crumbly cookie"; "a short flaky pie crust"
  • Marked by rude or peremptory shortness.
    • usage: "try to cultivate a less brusque manner"; "a curt reply"; "the salesgirl was very short with him"


  • Quickly and without warning.
    • usage: "he stopped suddenly"
  • Without possessing something at the time it is contractually sold.
    • usage: "he made his fortune by selling short just before the crash"
  • Clean across.
    • usage: "the car's axle snapped short"
  • At some point or distance before a goal is reached.
    • usage: "he fell short of our expectations"
  • So as to interrupt.
    • usage: "She took him up short before he could continue"
  • At a disadvantage.
    • usage: "I was caught short"
  • In a curt, abrupt and discourteous manner.
    • usage: "he told me curtly to get on with it"; "he talked short with everyone"; "he said shortly that he didn't like it"
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