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1. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Short \Short\, a. [Compar. Shorter; superl. Shortest.] [OE.
   short, schort, AS. scort, sceort; akin to OHG. scurz, Icel.
   skorta to be short of, to lack, and perhaps to E. shear, v.
   t. Cf. Shirt.]
   1. Not long; having brief length or linear extension; as, a
      short distance; a short piece of timber; a short flight.
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            The bed is shorter than that a man can stretch
            himself on it.                        --Isa. xxviii.
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   2. Not extended in time; having very limited duration; not
      protracted; as, short breath.
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            The life so short, the craft so long to learn.
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            To short absense I could yield.       --Milton.
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   3. Limited in quantity; inadequate; insufficient; scanty; as,
      a short supply of provisions, or of water.
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   4. Insufficiently provided; inadequately supplied; scantily
      furnished; lacking; not coming up to a resonable, or the
      ordinary, standard; -- usually with of; as, to be short of
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            We shall be short in our provision.   --Shak.
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   5. Deficient; defective; imperfect; not coming up, as to a
      measure or standard; as, an account which is short of the
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   6. Not distant in time; near at hand.
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            Marinell was sore offended
            That his departure thence should be so short.
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            He commanded those who were appointed to attend him
            to be ready by a short day.           --Clarendon.
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   7. Limited in intellectual power or grasp; not comprehensive;
      narrow; not tenacious, as memory.
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            Their own short understandings reach
            No farther than the present.          --Rowe.
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   8. Less important, efficaceous, or powerful; not equal or
      equivalent; less (than); -- with of.
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            Hardly anything short of an invasion could rouse
            them again to war.                    --Landor.
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   9. Abrupt; brief; pointed; petulant; as, he gave a short
      answer to the question.
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   10. (Cookery) Breaking or crumbling readily in the mouth;
       crisp; as, short pastry.
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   11. (Metal) Brittle.
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   Note: Metals that are brittle when hot are called ?ot-short;
         as, cast iron may be hot-short, owing to the presence
         of sulphur. Those that are brittle when cold are called
         cold-short; as, cast iron may be cold-short, on account
         of the presence of phosphorus.
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   12. (Stock Exchange) Engaging or engaged to deliver what is
       not possessed; as, short contracts; to be short of stock.
       See The shorts, under Short, n., and To sell short,
       under Short, adv.
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   Note: In mercantile transactions, a note or bill is sometimes
         made payable at short sight, that is, in a little time
         after being presented to the payer.
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   13. (Phon.) Not prolonged, or relatively less prolonged, in
       utterance; -- opposed to long, and applied to vowels or
       to syllables. In English, the long and short of the same
       letter are not, in most cases, the long and short of the
       same sound; thus, the i in ill is the short sound, not of
       i in isle, but of ee in eel, and the e in pet is the
       short sound of a in pate, etc. See Quantity, and Guide
       to Pronunciation, [sect][sect]22, 30.
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   Note: Short is much used with participles to form numerous
         self-explaining compounds; as, short-armed,
         short-billed, short-fingered, short-haired,
         short-necked, short-sleeved, short-tailed,
         short-winged, short-wooled, etc.
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   At short notice, in a brief time; promptly.

   Short rib (Anat.), one of the false ribs.

   Short suit (Whist), any suit having only three cards, or
      less than three. --R. A. Proctor.

   To come short, To cut short, To fall short, etc. See
      under Come, Cut, etc.
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