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1short/ˈʃoɚt/adjective
shortershortest
1short
/ˈʃoɚt/
adjective
shortershortest
Learner's definition of SHORT  
: extending a small distance from one end to the other end: having little length: not long
   b : not great in distance
   c : having little height: not tall
: lasting or continuing for a small amount of time
: brief
   b always used before a noun : seeming to pass quickly
: having few pages, items, etc.
of clothing : covering only part of the arms or legs
: existing in less than the usual or needed amount
   b not used before a noun : having less than what is needed: not having enough of something— often + on
   c : less than— used in the phrase nothing short of to give emphasis to a statement or description
   d : not reaching far enough
: made smaller by having part removed— often + for
not used before a noun : talking to someone in a very brief and unfriendly way: rudely brief
linguistics, of a vowel — used to identify certain vowel sounds in English
— compare 1long 6

a short fuse

— see 2fuse

draw the short straw

— see 1draw

fall short

— see 1fall

in short order

: quickly and without delay

make short work of

— see 2work

short and sweet

: pleasantly brief: not lasting a long time or requiring a lot of time

short of breath

◊ If you are short of breath, it is difficult for you to breathe.

the short end of the stick

— see 1stick

— shortness

/ˈʃoɚtnəs/noun,[noncount]
2short/ˈʃoɚt/adverb
shortershortest
2short
/ˈʃoɚt/
adverb
shortershortest
Learner's definition of SHORT  
: to or at a point that is not as far as expected or desired: to a point not reaching what is needed for something— often + of
: in a sudden manner
: for or during a short time
: in a way that makes something short

caught short

— see 1catch

cut short

: to end (something) earlier than expected

fall short

— see 1fall

sell (someone or something) short

— see 1sell

short of

: except for (something): other than (something)

taken/caught short

British, informal
: suddenly needing to use a toilet when there is no toilet available
3short/ˈʃoɚt/noun
pluralshorts
3short
/ˈʃoɚt/
noun
pluralshorts
Learner's definition of SHORT  
shorts [plural] 
: pants that end at or above the knees
— see color picture on this pagesee also bermuda shorts
   b 
[count] : a short movie
[count] 
[noncount]baseball, informal 
[count]British : a small amount of liquor that you drink quickly
: shot

for short

: in a shorter form: as an abbreviation

in short

: in a few words— used to indicate that you are saying something in as few words as possible

the long and (the) short of it

— see 3long
4short/ˈʃoɚt/verb
shortsshortedshorting
4short
/ˈʃoɚt/
verb
shortsshortedshorting
Learner's definition of SHORT  
[+ object] : to cause (something) to have a short circuit— often + out in U.S. English
[no object] : to stop working because of a short circuit— often + out in U.S. English
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