1. Having little length; not long.
2. Having little height; not tall.
3. Extending or traveling not far or not far enough: a short toss.
a. Lasting a brief time: a short holiday.
b. Appearing to pass quickly: finished the job in a few short months.
5. Not lengthy; succinct: short and to the point.
a. Rudely brief; abrupt: The owner was quite short with the new hire.
b. Easily provoked; irascible: has a short temper.
7. Inadequate; insufficient: oil in short supply; were short on experience.
8. Lacking in length or amount: a board that is short two inches.
9. Lacking in breadth or scope: a short view of the problem.
10. Deficient in retentiveness: a short memory.
a. Holding a trading position that is inversely related to the price of a security or index: short investors; an investor who is short gold.
b. Of or relating to a short sale: a short position.
a. Containing a large amount of shortening; flaky: a short pie crust.
b. Not ductile; brittle: short iron.
a. Linguistics Of, relating to, or being a speech sound of relatively brief duration, as the first vowel sound in the Latin word mălus, "evil," as compared with the same or a similar sound of relatively long duration, as the first vowel sound in the Latin word mālus, "apple tree."
b. Grammar Of, relating to, or being a vowel sound in English, such as the vowel sound (ă) in pat or (o͝o) in put, that is descended from a vowel of brief duration.
14. Being of relatively brief duration. Used of a syllable in quantitative prosody.
15. Slang Close to the end of a tour of military duty.
1. Abruptly; quickly: stop short.
2. In a rude or curt manner.
3. At a point before a given boundary, limit, or goal: a missile that landed short of the target.
4. At a disadvantage: We were caught short by the sudden storm.
5. By means of a short sale: selling a commodity short.
Something short, as:
a. Linguistics A short syllable, vowel, or consonant.
b. A brief film; a short subject.
c. A size of clothing less long than the average for that size.
d. shorts Short pants extending to the knee or above.
e. shorts Undershorts.
a. A short sale.
b. One that sells short.
3. shorts A byproduct of wheat processing that consists of germ, bran, and coarse meal or flour.
4. shorts Clippings or trimmings that remain as byproducts in various manufacturing processes, often used to make an inferior variety of the product.
a. A short circuit.
b. A malfunction caused by a short circuit.
6. Baseball A shortstop.
v. short·ed, short·ing, shorts
1. To cause a short circuit in.
2. Informal To give (one) less than one is entitled to; shortchange.
3. To short-sell (a security or index).
As an abbreviation: He's called Ed for short.
In summary; briefly.
An abbreviation of: Ed is short for Edward.
1. Having an inadequate supply of: We're short of cash.
2. Less than: Nothing short of her best effort was required to make the team.
3. Other than; without resorting to: Short of yelling at him, I had no other way to catch his attention.
4. Not quite willing to undertake or do; just this side of: She stopped short of throwing out the old photo.
the short end of the stick
The worst side of an unequal deal.
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1. (Clothing & Fashion) trousers reaching the top of the thigh or partway to the knee, worn by both sexes for sport, relaxing in summer, etc
2. (Clothing & Fashion) chiefly US and Canadian men's underpants that usually reach mid-thigh. Usual Brit word: pants
3. (Stock Exchange) short-dated gilt-edged securities
4. (Banking & Finance) short-term bonds
5. (Stock Exchange) securities or commodities that have been sold short
6. (Forestry) timber cut shorter than standard lengths
7. (Agriculture) a livestock feed containing a large proportion of bran and wheat germ
8. items needed to make up a deficiency
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In British English, pants are a piece of clothing worn by men, women, or children under their other clothes. Pants have two holes to put your legs through and elastic round the waist or hips to keep them up.
Men's pants are sometimes referred to as underpants. Women's pants are sometimes referred to as panties or knickers.
In American English, a piece of clothing like this for men is usually referred to as shorts or underpants. For women, they are usually called panties.
In American English, the word pants is used to refer to men's or women's trousers.
He wore brown corduroy pants and a white cotton shirt.
In both British and American English, shorts are also trousers with very short legs that people wear in hot weather or for taking part in sports.
I usually wear shorts and a T-shirt when I play tennis.
Both pants and shorts are plural nouns. You use a plural form of a verb with them.
The pants were white with a lace trim.
His grey shorts were far too big.
Don't say 'a pants' or 'a shorts'. You can say a pair of pants or a pair of shorts.
It doesn't take long to choose a pair of pants.
He is wearing a pair of shorts and a T-shirt.
You use a singular form of a verb with a pair of pants or a pair of shorts.
Why is this pair of pants on the floor?
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