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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
short (adjective)
1.
a) having little length
b) not tall or high - low
2.
a) not extended in time - brief a short vacation
b) not retentive - a short memory
c) - expeditious quick made short work of the problem
d) seeming to pass quickly - made great progress in just a few short years
3.
a) of a speech sound having a relatively short duration
b) being the member of a pair of similarly spelled vowel or vowel-containing sounds that is descended from a vowel that was short in duration but is no longer so and that does not necessarily have duration as its chief distinguishing feature - short i in sin
c) of a syllable in prosody
(1) of relatively brief duration
(2) - unstressed
4.
limited in distance - a short trip
5.
a) not coming up to a measure or requirement - insufficient in short supply
b) not reaching far enough - the throw to first was short
c) enduring privation
d) insufficiently supplied - short of cash short on brains
6.
a) - abrupt curt I'm sorry I was short with you
b) quickly provoked - a short temper
7.
- choppy
8.
payable at an early date - a short loan
9.
a) containing or cooked with - shortening , also - flaky short pastry
b) of metal brittle under certain conditions
10.
a) not lengthy or drawn out - a short speech
b) made briefer - abbreviated
11.
a) not having goods or property that one has sold in anticipation of a fall in prices
b) consisting of, relating to, or engaging in the sale of securities or commodities that the seller does not possess or has not contracted for at the time of the sale - short sale a short seller
12.
near the end of a tour of duty
short (adverb)
1.
in a curt manner
2.
for or during a brief time - short-lasting
3.
at a disadvantage - unawares caught short
4.
in an abrupt manner - suddenly the car stopped short
5.
at some point or degree before a goal or limit aimed at or under consideration - the bombs fell short quit a month short of graduation
6.
clean across - the axle was snapped short
7.
by or as if by a short sale
short (noun)
1.
the sum and substance - upshot
2.
a) a short syllable
b) a short sound or signal
3.
a) a by-product of wheat milling that includes the germ, fine bran, and some flour
b) refuse, clippings, or trimmings discarded in various manufacturing processes
4.
a) knee-length or less than knee-length trousers - usually used in plural
b) short drawers
c) a size in clothing for short men
5.
a) one who operates on the short side of the market
b) short-term bonds
6.
- deficiencies
7.
- short circuit
8.
- shortstop
9.
a) - short subject
b) a brief story or article (as in a newspaper)
short (verb)
transitive verb
1.
- short-circuit
2.
- shortchange cheat
3.
to sell (a security) short in expectation of a fall in prices
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
short (adjective)
1.
having relatively little height
SYNONIMS:
little, low, low-lying, low-slung, sawed-off
RELATED WORDS:
dwarf, dwarfish; compact, petite, slight; diminutive, half-pint, pint-size ( pint-sized), pocket, pocket-size ( pocket-sized), pygmy, small, smallish; bantam, bitty, dinky, mini, miniature, minimized, minute, puny, teeny, teeny-weeny, tiny, undersized ( undersize), wee; dumpy, flat, scrubby, squat, squatty, stubby, stumpy, stunted
NEAR ANTONYMS:
elevated, lifted, raised, uplifted, upswept; high-rise, statuesque; gangling, gangly, lanky, rangy; big, bulky, hefty, hulking, large, largish, outsize ( outsized), oversize ( oversized), sizable ( sizeable), voluminous
altitudinous, high, lofty, tall, towering
short (adjective)
2.
not lasting for a considerable time
SYNONIMS:
brief, fast, little
RELATED WORDS:
shortish; abbreviated, abridged, curtailed, cut-back, shortened, syncopated; compact, condensed; abrupt, sudden; ephemeral, fleeting, momentary, short-lived, transient, transitory; impermanent; compendious, concise, crisp, epigrammatic, laconic, pithy, succinct, summary, terse; short-range, short-term
NEAR ANTONYMS:
endless, everlasting, interminable, persistent, unending; longish, overlong, prolonged, protracted; permanent; enlarged, expanded, supplemented; long-range, long-term
extended, far, great, lengthy, long, long-drawn-out ( long-drawn), long-lived
short (adjective)
3.
not coming up to an expected measure or meeting a particular need
SYNONIMS:
deficient, inadequate, insufficient, lacking, low, scarce, shy, wanting
RELATED WORDS:
substandard, unacceptable, unsatisfactory; hand-to-mouth, lean, light, meager ( meagre), niggardly, poor, scant, scanty, skimp, skimpy, slender, slim, spare, sparse, stingy; bare, mere, minimum; slight, small
NEAR ANTONYMS:
abundant, ample, bounteous, bountiful, copious, generous, liberal, plenteous, plentiful, plentitudinous; enlarged, expanded, supplemented; abounding, overflowing, teeming; satisfactory, tolerable; lavish, luxuriant, rich; big, considerable, hefty, jumbo, king-size ( king-sized), large, largish, oversize ( oversized), sizable ( sizeable), substantial, super
adequate, enough, sufficient
short (adjective)
4.
having a texture that readily breaks into little pieces under pressure
SYNONIMS:
brickle, brittle, crispy, crumbly, embrittled, flaky ( flakey), friable, short
RELATED WORDS:
crackly, crisped, crispened, crunchy, crusty; breakable, delicate, fragile
NEAR ANTONYMS:
elastic, flexible, pliable, pliant, resilient; strong, sturdy, tough
short (adjective)
5.
being or characterized by direct, brief, and potentially rude speech or manner
SYNONIMS:
abrupt, bluff, brusque ( brusk), crusty, curt, downright, short, short-spoken, snippy, unceremonious
RELATED WORDS:
gruff, rough, snappish; candid, direct, forthright, foursquare, frank, free-spoken, open, outspoken, plain, plainspoken, point-blank, straightforward, straight-out; artless, discourteous, disrespectful, impertinent, impolite, inconsiderate, insensitive, rude, tactless, undiplomatic; brief, closemouthed, laconic, reserved, reticent, terse, tight-lipped; earnest, honest, sincere; coarse, crass, crude, low, uncouth, vulgar
NEAR ANTONYMS:
civil, considerate, courteous, diplomatic, gracious, polite, politic, smooth, suave, tactful; loquacious, talkative, voluble; long-winded, prolix, verbose; courtly, cultivated, gallant, genteel, polished, refined
circuitous, mealymouthed
short (adverb)
with great suddenness
SYNONIMS:
abruptly, suddenly
RELATED WORDS:
surprisingly, unexpectedly; directly, immediately, incontinently, instantaneously, instantly, promptly, pronto, right, right away, right off, straightaway; fast, full-tilt, posthaste, quick, quickly, rapidly, readily, snappily, speedily, swift, swiftly; hastily, impetuously, impulsively, rashly, recklessly
all of a sudden ( on a sudden)
NEAR ANTONYMS:
gradually, slowly; hesitantly
short (verb)
to rob by the use of trickery or threats
SYNONIMS:
beat, bilk, bleed, cheat, chisel, chouse, con, cozen, defraud, diddle, do, do in, euchre, fiddle, flimflam, gaff, gyp, hose, hustle, mulct, nobble, pluck, ream, rip off, rook, screw, shake down, short, shortchange, skin, skunk, squeeze, stick, stiff, sting, sucker, swindle, thimblerig, victimize
RELATED WORDS:
extort, wrench, wrest, wring; clip, gouge, nick, overcharge, soak; exploit, milk; deceive, dupe, fool, gull, trick; rope (in); betray, bitch, double-cross; bamboozle, fast-talk
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