What is short?

  • (adj): Primarily spatial sense; having little length or lacking in length.
    Example: "Short skirts"; "short hair"; "the board was a foot short"; "a short toss"
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on short:

The Bash Street Kids - Characters - 'Erbert
... Erbert - A short-sighted boy who struggles to see, even with his spectacles ... His short sightedness is shared by his parents, who have on countless occasions ended up in different parts of the town during parents evening ... His short sightedness is renowned amongst other Beano stars, most evident in a strip in The Beano Annual 2000 where the stars had taken a cruise to Australia only to find out they had somehow ended up in Scotland ...
Mel Blanc - Selected List of Cartoon Characters
... The Fox and Crow (voiced both characters only for the 1941 debut short "Fox and Grapes" until Frank Grahmn took the roles of the fox and crow then Paul Frees became ... Coyote (silent until 1952, first spoke in the short "Operation Rabbit") Speedy Gonzales (1953–1989) Rocky and Mugsy (Bugs and Thugs 1954) The Tasmanian ... Farms in Berkeley...Moooo" Officer Short Shrift, several Lethargians, three out of five of the royal palace guards, The Word Speller, The Dodecahedron, and The Demon ...
Short Story
... A short story is a work of fiction, usually written in narrative prose ... Emerging from earlier oral storytelling traditions in the 17th century, the short story has grown to encompass a body of work so diverse as to defy easy characterization ... At its most prototypical the short story features a small cast of named characters, and focuses on a self-contained incident with the intent of evoking a "single effect" or mood ...
Exotic Shorthair - Description
... Short, broad, round muzzle ... Short, broad nose with pronounced stop ... Neck Short and thick ...
Lamia - In Popular Culture
... Byatt's 1998 collection of short fiction, Elementals Stories of Fire and Ice contains a short story entitled "A Lamia in the Cévennes" ... Lamia is the main antagonist in Haley Riordan's short story Son of Magic (which is a part of The Demigod Diaries) ...

More definitions of "short":

  • (adj): Not holding securities or commodities that one sells in expectation of a fall in prices.
    Example: "A short sale"; "short in cotton"
  • (noun): Accidental contact between two points in an electric circuit that have a potential difference.
    Synonyms: short circuit
  • (noun): The fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed between 2nd and 3rd base.
    Synonyms: shortstop
  • (verb): Cheat someone by not returning him enough money.
    Synonyms: short-change
  • (adj): Marked by rude or peremptory shortness.
    Example: "The salesgirl was very short with him"
    Synonyms: brusque, brusk, curt
  • (adj): Used of syllables that are unaccented or of relatively brief duration.
  • (adj): (of memory) deficient in retentiveness or range.
    Example: "A short memory"
  • (adj): Low in stature; not tall.
    Example: "His was short and stocky"; "short in stature"; "a short smokestack"
  • (adv): So as to interrupt.
    Example: "She took him up short before he could continue"
  • (adv): In a curt, abrupt and discourteous manner.
    Example: "He talked short with everyone"
    Synonyms: curtly, shortly
  • (adv): At some point or distance before a goal is reached.
    Example: "He fell short of our expectations"
  • (adv): Tightly.
    Example: "She caught him up short on his lapel"
  • (adj): Less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so.
    Example: "Regularly gives short weight"
    Synonyms: light, scant
  • (adj): Unwilling to endure.
    Example: "She was short with the slower students"
    Synonyms: unforbearing
  • (adj): Containing a large amount of shortening; therefore tender and easy to crumble or break into flakes.
    Example: "Shortbread is a short crumbly cookie"; "a short flaky pie crust"
  • (adv): At a disadvantage.
    Example: "I was caught short"
    Synonyms: unawares
  • (adv): Without possessing something at the time it is contractually sold.
    Example: "He made his fortune by selling short just before the crash"
  • (adv): Clean across.
    Example: "The car's axle snapped short"
  • (noun): The location on a baseball field where the shortstop is stationed.
  • (adj): Primarily temporal sense; indicating or being or seeming to be limited in duration.
    Example: "A short life"; "a short flight"; "a short holiday"; "a short story"; "only a few short months"
  • (adj): Of speech sounds (especially vowels) of relatively short duration (as e.g. the English vowel sounds in 'pat', 'pet', 'pit', 'pot', putt').
  • (adj): Not sufficient to meet a need.
    Example: "Money is short"; "on short rations"; "food is in short supply"; "short on experience"
    Synonyms: inadequate, poor

Famous quotes containing the word short:

    ... though it is by no means requisite that the American women should emulate the men in the pursuit of the whale, the felling of the forest, or the shooting of wild turkeys, they might, with advantage, be taught in early youth to excel in the race, to hit a mark, to swim, and in short to use every exercise which could impart vigor to their frames and independence to their minds.
    Frances Wright (1795–1852)

    “Must a name mean something?” Alice asked doubtfully.
    “Of course it must,” Humpty Dumpty said with a short laugh: “my name means the shape I am—and a good handsome shape it is, too. With a name like yours, you might be any shape, almost.”
    Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832–1898)

    Children ... seldom have a proper sense of their own tragedy, discounting and keeping hidden the true horrors of their short lives, humbly imagining real calamity to be some prestigious drama of the grown-up world.
    Shirley Hazzard (b. 1931)