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1. Not long; having brief length or linear extension; as, a short
distance; a short piece of timber; a short flight.
The bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it.
- Isa. xxviii. 20.
2. Not extended in time; having very limited duration; not protracted;
as, short breath.
The life so short, the craft so long to learn.
To short absense I could yield.
3. Limited in quantity; inadequate; insufficient; scanty; as, a
short supply of provisions, or of water.
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 money.
We shall be short in our provision.
5. Deficient; defective; imperfect; not coming up, as to a measure
or standard; as, an account which is short of the trith.
6. Not distant in time; near at hand.
Marinell was sore offended
That his departure thence should be so short.
He commanded those who were appointed to attend him to be ready
by a short day.
7. Limited in intellectual power or grasp; not comprehensive; narrow;
not tenacious, as memory.
Their own short understandings reach
No farther than the present.
8. Less important, efficaceous, or powerful; not equal or equivalent;
less (than); - with of.
Hardly anything short of an invasion could rouse them again to war.
9. Abrupt; brief; pointed; petulant; as, he gave a short answer
to the question.
10. (Cookery) Breaking or crumbling readily in the mouth; crisp;
as, short pastry.
11. (Metal) Brittle.
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.
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,
22, 30.At short notice
in a brief time; promptly.
(Anat.) one of the false ribs.
(Whist) any suit having only three cards, or less than three.
To come short
etc. See under Come, Cut, etc.
- R. A. Proctor.
n. 1. A summary account.
The short and the long is, our play is preferred.
2. The part of milled grain sifted out which is next finer than
The first remove above bran is shorts.
3. Short, inferior hemp.
4. Breeches; shortclothes.
5. (Phonetics) A short sound, syllable, or vowel.
If we compare the nearest conventional shorts and longs in English,
as in "bit" and "beat," "not" and
"naught," we find that the short vowels are generally
wide, the long narrow, besides being generally diphthongic as well.
Hence, originally short vowels can be lengthened and yet kept quite
distinct from the original longs.
- H. Sweet.
in few words; in brief; briefly.
The long and the short
the whole; a brief summing up.
(Stock Exchange) those who are unsupplied with stocks which they
contracted to deliver.
adv. 1. In a short manner; briefly; limitedly; abruptly; quickly;
as, to stop short in one's course; to turn short.
He was taken up very short, and adjudged corrigible for such presumptuous
To sell short
(Stock Exchange) to sell, for future delivery, what the party selling
does not own, but hopes to buy at a lower rate.
v. t. 1. To shorten.
v. i. 1. To fail; to decrease.
Noun 1. short haul - the location
on a baseball field where the shortstop is stationed
2. short - accidental contact between two points in an electric
circuit that have a potential difference
Synonyms: short circuit
3. short - the fielding position of the player on a baseball team
who is stationed between 2nd and 3rd base
Verb 1. short - cheat someone by not returning him enough money
2. short - create a short-circuit in
Adj. 1. short - primarily temporal sense; indicating or being or
seeming to be limited in duration; "a short life"; "a
short flight"; "a short holiday"; "a short story";
"only a few short months"
long - primarily temporal sense; being or indicating a relatively
great or greater than average duration or passage of time or a duration
as specified; "a long life"; "a long boring speech";
"a long time"; "a long friendship"; "a
long game"; "long ago"; "an hour long"
2. short - primarily spatial sense; having little length or lacking
in length; "short skirts"; "short hair"; "the
board was a foot short"; "a short toss"
long - primarily spatial sense; of relatively great or greater than
average spatial extension or extension as specified; "a long
road"; "a long distance"; "contained many long
words"; "ten miles long"
3. short - low in stature; not tall; "his was short and stocky";
"short in stature"; "a short smokestack"
tall - great in vertical dimension; high in stature; "tall
people"; "tall buildings"; "tall trees";
4. short - not sufficient to meet a need; "an inadequate income";
"a poor salary"; "money is short"; "on
short rations"; "food is in short supply"; "short
Synonyms: inadequate, poor
5. short - not holding securities or commodities that one sells
in expectation of a fall in prices; "a short sale"; "short
long - holding securities or commodities in expectation of a rise
in prices; "is long on coffee"; "a long position
6. short - of speech sounds (especially vowels) of relatively short
duration (as e.g. the English vowel sounds in `pat', `pet', `pit',
long - of speech sounds (especially vowels) of relatively long duration
(as e.g. the English vowel sounds in `bate', `beat', `bite', `boat',
7. short - containing a large amount of shortening; therefore tender
and easy to crumble or break into flakes; "shortbread is a
short crumbly cookie"; "a short flaky pie crust"
8. short - less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately
so; "a light pound"; "a scant cup of sugar";
"regularly gives short weight"
Synonyms: scant, light
9. short haul - used of syllables that are unaccented or of relatively
10. short - (of memory) deficient in retentiveness or range; "a
11. short - lacking foresight or scope; "a short view of the
problem"; "shortsighted policies"; "shortsighted
critics derided the plan"; "myopic thinking"
Synonyms: shortsighted, unforesightful, myopic
12. short - unwilling to endure; "she was short with the slower
13. short - quickly aroused to anger; "a hotheaded commander"
Synonyms: hot-tempered, hotheaded, irascible, quick-tempered, short-tempered,
14. short - most direct; "took the shortest and most direct
route to town"
15. short - marked by rude or peremptory shortness; "try to
cultivate a less brusque manner"; "a curt reply";
"the salesgirl was very short with him"
Synonyms: brusk, brusque, curt
Adv. 1. short - quickly and without warning; "he stopped suddenly"
Synonyms: abruptly, dead, suddenly
2. short - without possessing something at the time it is contractually
sold; "he made his fortune by selling short just before the
3. short - clean across; "the car's axle snapped short"
4. short - at some point or distance before a goal is reached; "he
fell short of our expectations"
5. short - so as to interrupt; "She took him up short before
he could continue"
6. short - at a disadvantage; "I was caught short"
7. short - tightly; "she caught him up short on his lapel"
8. short - in a curt, abrupt and discourteous manner; "he told
me curtly to get on with it"; "he talked short with everyone";
"he said shortly that he didn't like it"
Synonyms: curtly, shortly
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cursory, curt, curtail, curtal, curtate, cut, cut off, cut short,
damaged, dead circuit, debased, decreased, decurtate, defective,
deficient, denuded of, depressed, deprived of, depthless, destitute
of, devoid of, diminished, diminutive, dinky, direct, discourteous,
distressed, docked, documentary, documentary film, down to bedrock,
dumb, dwarfish, economical of words, educational film, electrify,
elfin, elliptic, embarrassed, embryonic, empty of, energize, epigrammatic,
erroneous, except for, excepting, excluding, exclusive of, exiguous,
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hypoplastic, ill off, immature, impaired, impecunious, imperfect,
impolite, imprecise, impure, in Queer Street, in a nutshell, in
arrear, in arrears, in default, in default of, in narrow circumstances,
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circumstances, in want of, inaccurate, incomplete, inconsequential,
inconsiderable, inconsiderate, indisposed to talk, inexact, infant,
inferior, insignificant, instantaneous, instantly, insufficient,
interrupt, irascible, knee-high, knocked flat, laconic, laid low,
land-poor, lateral circuit, leaving out, leg, lessened, limited,
little, live circuit, loop, loop in, low-built, low-hung, low-level,
low-leveled, low-lying, low-set, low-statured, magnetic circuit,
makeshift, meager, meat, mediocre, meteoric, microcircuit, midget,
miniature, minus, minuscule, missing, mixed, momentary, motion picture,
motion-picture show, movie, moving picture, multiple circuit, multiple
series, mum, mute, narrow, neap, needing, negligible, newsreel,
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film, precluding, preview, printed circuit, prone, pruned, puny,
purport, quick, quiet, rare, recumbent, reduced, reserved, rough,
runty, scant, scant of, scanty, scarce, scrappy, scrimpy, sententious,
series multiple, setting aside, severe, shallow, sharp, shock, short
account, short and sweet, short circuit, short interest, short of,
short of funds, short of money, short seller, short side, short-circuit,
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shy, shy of, silent, silent film, sketchy, skimp, skimpy, skin flick,
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snippy, snug, spaghetti Western, sparing of words, sparse, speechless,
speedy, squatty, squeezed, step down, step up, stiffen, stint, stooped,
stop, straight, straightforward, straitened, strapped, stubby, stumpy,
stunted, sudden, suddenly, summary, superficial, supine, surly,
swift, switch off, switch on, synopsized, synoptic, taciturn, talkie,
talking picture, temporary, terminate, testy, thick, thickset, thriller,
thrust, tight, tight-lipped, tiny, to the point, tongue-tied, trailer,
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with, uncivil, underdeveloped, underground film, undeveloped, unelevated,
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short hair style short hair styles Pronunciation: h?l
v. t. 1. To pull or draw with force; to drag.
[imp. & p. p. Hauled (h?ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Hauling.]
Some dance, some haul the rope.
Thither they bent, and hauled their ships to land.
Is hauled about in gallantry robust.
2. To transport by drawing, as with horses or oxen; as, to haul
logs to a sawmill.
When I was seven or eight years of age, I began hauling all the
wood used in the house and shops.
- U. S. Grant.
To haul over the coals
See under Coal.
To haul the wind
(Naut.) to turn the head of the ship nearer to the point from which
the wind blows.
v. i. 1. (Naut.) To change the direction of a ship by hauling the
wind. See under Haul, v. t.
I . . . hauled up for it, and found it to be an island.
2. To pull apart, as oxen sometimes do when yoked.To haul around
(Naut.) to shift to any point of the compass; - said of the wind.
To haul off
(Naut.) to sail closer to the wind, in order to get farther away
from anything; hence, to withdraw; to draw back.
n. 1. A pulling with force; a violent pull.
2. A single draught of a net; as, to catch a hundred fish at a haul.
3. That which is caught, taken, or gained at once, as by hauling
4. Transportation by hauling; the distance through which anything
is hauled, as freight in a railroad car; as, a long haul or short
5. (Rope Making) A bundle of about four hundred threads, to be tarred.
Noun 1. haul - the act of drawing or hauling something; "the
haul up the hill went very slowly"
Synonyms: haulage, draw
2. haul - the quantity that was caught; "the catch was only
Verb 1. haul - draw slowly or heavily; "haul stones";
Synonyms: cart, drag, hale
2. haul - transport in a vehicle; "haul stones from the quarry
in a truck"; "haul vegetables to the market"
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loose, catch, clap on ratlines, clear hawse, coach, convey, cut
loose, draft, draggle, dray, elevate, ferry, float, freight, graft,
hale, harvest, haul down, haul off, haul the wind, haul to, haul
up, head to windward, heave, heave apeak, heave round, heave short,
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lighter, load, log, loot, lug, move, overexert, overexertion, overextend,
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perks, perquisite, pickings, plunder, pork barrel, press, prize,
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stress and strain, stressfulness, stretch, swag, sweat blood, take,
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