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short  


      adj  
1    of little length; not long  
2    of little height; not tall  
3    of limited duration  
4    not meeting a requirement; deficient  
the number of places laid at the table was short by four     
5    postpositive; often foll by: of or on   lacking (in) or needful (of)  
I'm always short of money     
6    concise; succinct  
7    lacking in the power of retentiveness  
a short memory     
8    abrupt to the point of rudeness  
the salesgirl was very short with him     
9      (Finance)  
a    not possessing the securities or commodities that have been sold under contract and therefore obliged to make a purchase before the delivery date  
b    of or relating to such sales, which depend on falling prices for profit  
10      (Phonetics)  
a    denoting a vowel of relatively brief temporal duration  
b    classified as short, as distinguished from other vowels. Thus in English (<PH:I>) in bin, though of longer duration than (<PH:i><PH::>) in beat, is nevertheless regarded as a short vowel  
c    (in popular usage) denoting the qualities of the five English vowels represented orthographically in the words pat, pet, pit, pot, put, and putt  
11      (Prosody)  
a    denoting a vowel that is phonetically short or a syllable containing such a vowel. In classical verse short vowels are followed by one consonant only or sometimes one consonant plus a following l or r  
b    (of a vowel or syllable in verse that is not quantitative) not carrying emphasis or accent; unstressed  
12    (of pastry) crumbly in texture  
   See also       shortcrust pastry  
13    (of a drink of spirits) undiluted; neat  
14    have (someone) by the short and curlies  
Informal   to have (someone) completely in one's power  
15    in short supply   scarce  
16    short and sweet   unexpectedly brief  
17    short for   an abbreviation for  
      adv  
18    abruptly  
to stop short     
19    briefly or concisely  
20    rudely or curtly  
21      (Finance)   without possessing the securities or commodities at the time of their contractual sale  
to sell short     
22    caught or taken short   having a sudden need to urinate or defecate  
23    fall short  
a    to prove inadequate  
b    often foll by: of   to fail to reach or measure up to (a standard)  
24    go short   not to have a sufficient amount, etc.  
25    short of   except  
nothing short of a miracle can save him now     
      n  
26    anything that is short  
27    a drink of spirits as opposed to a long drink such as beer  
28      (Phonetics, prosody)   a short vowel or syllable  
29      (Finance)  
a    a short contract or sale  
b    a short seller  
30    a short film, usually of a factual nature  
31       See       short circuit       1  
32    for short  
Informal   as an abbreviation  
he is called Jim for short     
33    in short  
a    as a summary  
b    in a few words  
      vb  
34       See       short circuit       2     (See also)        shorts  
     (Old English scort; related to Old Norse skortr a lack, skera to cut, Old High German scurz short)  
  shortness      n  


long-and-short work  
      n     (Architect)   the alternation in masonry of vertical and horizontal blocks of stone  
Pepin the Short  
      n   died 768 a.d., king of the Franks (751--768); son of Charles Martel and father of Charlemagne. He deposed the Merovingian king (751) and founded the Carolingian dynasty  
short account  
      n  
1    the aggregate of short sales on an open market, esp. a stock market  
2    the account of a stock-market speculator who sells short  
short-acting  
      adj   (of a drug) quickly effective, but requiring regularly repeated doses for long-term treatment, being rapidly absorbed, distributed in the bloodstream, and excreted  
   Compare       intermediate-acting       long-acting  
short bill  
      n   a bill of exchange that is payable at sight, on demand, or within less than ten days  
short-change  
      vb   tr  
1    to give less than correct change to  
2    Slang   to treat unfairly or dishonestly, esp. by giving less than is deserved or expected  
  short-changer      n  
short circuit  
      n  
1    a faulty or accidental connection between two points of different potential in an electric circuit, bypassing the load and establishing a path of low resistance through which an excessive current can flow. It can cause damage to the components if the circuit is not protected by a fuse  
      vb  
  short-circuit  
2    to develop or cause to develop a short circuit  
3    tr   to bypass (a procedure, regulation, etc.)  
4    tr   to hinder or frustrate (plans, etc.),   (Sometimes (for senses 1, 2) shortened to)    short  
short corner  
      n     (Hockey)      another name for       penalty corner  
short covering  
      n  
1    the purchase of securities or commodities by a short seller to meet delivery requirements  
2    the securities or commodities purchased  
short cut  
      n  
1    a route that is shorter than the usual one  
2    a means of saving time or effort  
      vb  
  short-cut   , -cuts, -cutting, -cut  
3    intr   to use a short cut  
     (C16: from cut (in the sense: a direct route))  
short-dated  
      adj   (of a gilt-edged security) having less than five years to run before redemption  
   Compare       medium-dated       long-dated  
short-day  
      adj   (of plants) able to flower only if exposed to short periods of daylight (less than 12 hours), each followed by a long dark period  
   Compare       long-day  
short division  
      n   the division of numbers, usually integers, that can be worked out mentally rather than on paper  
short fuse  
      n  
Informal   a quick temper  
short-handed  
      adj  
1    lacking the usual or necessary number of assistants, workers, etc.  
2      (Sport)     (U.S. and Canadian)   with less than the full complement of players  
  short-handedness      n  
short head  
      n     (Horse racing)   a distance shorter than the length of a horse's head  
short hundredweight  
      n      the full name for       hundredweight       2  
short jenny  
      n     (Billiards)   an in-off into a middle pocket  
   Compare       long jenny  
     (from Jenny, pet form of Janet)  
short leg  
      n     (Cricket)  
a    a fielding position on the leg side near the batsman's wicket  
b    a fielder in this position  
short list     (Chiefly Brit)  
      n  
1    a list of suitable applicants for a job, post, etc., from which the successful candidate will be selected  
      vb   tr  
  short-list  
2    to put (someone) on a short list  
short-lived  
      adj   living or lasting only for a short time  
short metre  
      n   a stanza form, used esp. for hymns, consisting of four lines, the third of which has eight syllables, while the rest have six  
short odds  
      pl n   (in betting) an almost even chance  
short order  
      n     (Chiefly U.S. and Canadian)  
a    food that is easily and quickly prepared  
b    (as modifier)  
short-order counter     
short-range  
      adj   of small or limited extent in time or distance  
a short-range forecast, a short-range gun     
short shrift  
      n  
1    brief and unsympathetic treatment  
2    (formerly) a brief period allowed to a condemned prisoner to make confession  
3    make short shrift of   to dispose of quickly and unsympathetically  
short-sighted  
      adj  
1    relating to or suffering from myopia  
2    lacking foresight  
a short-sighted plan     
  short-sightedly      adv  
  short-sightedness      n  
short-spoken  
      adj   tending to be abrupt in speech  
short-staffed  
      adj   lacking an adequate number of staff, assistants, etc.  
short story  
      n   a prose narrative of shorter length than the novel, esp. one that concentrates on a single theme  
short straw  
      n  
draw the short straw   be the person (as in drawing lots) to whom an unwelcome task or fate falls  
short subject  
      n     (Chiefly U.S)   a short film, esp. one presented between screenings of a feature film  
short-tempered  
      adj   easily moved to anger; irascible  
short-term  
      adj  
1    of, for, or extending over a limited period  
2      (Finance)   extending over, maturing within, or required within a short period of time, usually twelve months  
short-term credit, short-term capital     
short-termism  
      n   the tendency to focus attention on short-term gains, often at the expense of long-term success or stability  
short-term memory  
      n     (Psychol)   that section of the memory storage system of limited capacity (approximately seven items) that is capable of storing material for a brief period of time  
   Compare       long-term memory  
short time   , short-time working  
      n   a system of working, usually for a temporary period, when employees are required to work and be paid for fewer than their normal hours per week due to a shortage of work  
short ton  
      n      the full name for       ton   1       2  
short-waisted  
      adj   unusually short from the shoulders to the waist  
short wave  
      n  
a    a radio wave with a wavelength in the range 10--100 metres  
b    (as modifier)  
a short-wave broadcast     
short-winded  
      adj  
1    tending to run out of breath, esp. after exertion  
2    (of speech or writing) terse or abrupt  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  
Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
n.
very short haircut
n.
a message posted on Twittter
exp.
be negatively impacted by a situation, event.
E.g.: The building is being renovated, but for the moment people living there get the short end of the stick.
n.
A small short-term loan, with very high interest rates, that the borrower promises to repay on or near the next payday. Used by wage earners who run short of cash before payday. Payday lending is an established form of lending in the US and Canada.
Also: payday advance, overnight loan.
n.
a text or graphic element meant to prompt the user to click on a link
[Tech.] the most common call-to-actions are buttons or banners
n.
message containing legal threats (often grounded on fictive laws) sent on the purpose of intimidating the receiver
formed of "cartoon" and "attorney"
exp.
sleep for a short period of time, have a light sleep
n.
very short presentation of a product or a company that you would do to somebody you meet briefly, like in an elevator, to attract his/her attention

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