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  • n  the location on a baseball field where the shortstop is stationed
  • n  accidental contact between two points in an electric circuit that have a potential difference
  • n  the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed between second and third base
  • v  cheat someone by not returning him enough money
  • v  create a short circuit in
  • a  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
  • a  (primarily spatial sense) having little length or lacking in length
    short skirts
    short hair
    the board was a foot short
    a short toss
  • a  low in stature; not tall
    he was short and stocky
    short in stature
    a short smokestack
  • s  not sufficient to meet a need
    money is short
    on short rations
    food is in short supply
    short on experience
  • a  (of memory) deficient in retentiveness or range
    a short memory
  • a  not holding securities or commodities that one sells in expectation of a fall in prices
    a short sale
    short in cotton
  • a  of speech sounds or syllables of relatively short duration
    the English vowel sounds in `pat', `pet', `pit', `pot', putt' are short
  • s  less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so
    regularly gives short weight
  • s  lacking foresight or scope
    a short view of the problem
    shortsighted policies
    shortsighted critics derided the plan
  • s  tending to crumble or break into flakes due to a large amount of shortening
    shortbread is a short crumbly cookie
    a short flaky pie crust
  • s  marked by rude or peremptory shortness
    the salesgirl was very short with him
  • r  quickly and without warning
  • r  without possessing something at the time it is contractually sold
    he made his fortune by selling short just before the crash
  • r  clean across
    the car's axle snapped short
  • r  at some point or distance before a goal is reached
    he fell short of our expectations
  • r  so as to interrupt
    She took him up short before he could continue
  • r  at a disadvantage
    I was caught short
  • r  in a curt, abrupt and discourteous manner
    he talked short with everyone
    he said shortly that he didn't like it

  • PTI's top short-subject films, looking beyond feature-length movies.
  • In most sports, the short man is given short shrift.
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  • Barack Obama in The Associated Press
    At a time when jobs are in short supply, building exports is an imperative,Obama said.
  • Steve Jobs in Huffington Post (blog)
    Flash is a successful business for Adobe, and we can understand why they want to push it beyond PCs. But the mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards - all areas where Flash falls short,Jobs wrote....
  • Tiger Wood in FOXNews
    A guy that's won 14 majors, he's got a lot of game,Els said, "I think he's very close. I haven't played with him in about a year. I think his ball-striking was pretty good the last two days. His short game is pretty sharp, he just didn't...

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