What is short?

  • (adv): So as to interrupt.
    Example: "She took him up short before he could continue"
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on short:

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) ...
Mel Blanc - Selected List of Cartoon Characters
... 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 the crow while Grahmn was still the fox till the last ... Coyote (silent until 1952, first spoke in the short "Operation Rabbit") Speedy Gonzales (1953–1989) Rocky and Mugsy (Bugs and Thugs 1954) The Tasmanian Devil (1954–1989 ... 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 of Insincerity from The Phantom ...
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 ...
Exotic Shorthair - Description
... Short, broad, round muzzle ... Short, broad nose with pronounced stop ... Neck Short and thick ...
Short Story
... A short story is a work of fiction, usually written in narrative prose ... 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 ...

More definitions of "short":

  • (adj): Unwilling to endure.
    Example: "She was short with the slower students"
    Synonyms: unforbearing
  • (adv): At some point or distance before a goal is reached.
    Example: "He fell short of our expectations"
  • (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"
  • (noun): Accidental contact between two points in an electric circuit that have a potential difference.
    Synonyms: short circuit
  • (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
  • (adj): Used of syllables that are unaccented or of relatively brief duration.
  • (adv): In a curt, abrupt and discourteous manner.
    Example: "He talked short with everyone"
    Synonyms: curtly, shortly
  • (adv): At a disadvantage.
    Example: "I was caught short"
    Synonyms: unawares
  • (noun): The fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed between 2nd and 3rd base.
    Synonyms: shortstop
  • (adj): Not holding securities or commodities that one sells in expectation of a fall in prices.
    Example: "A short sale"; "short in cotton"
  • (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): Primarily spatial sense; having little length or lacking in length.
    Example: "Short skirts"; "short hair"; "the board was a foot short"; "a short toss"
  • (adv): Without possessing something at the time it is contractually sold.
    Example: "He made his fortune by selling short just before the crash"
  • (noun): The location on a baseball field where the shortstop is stationed.
  • (adv): Clean across.
    Example: "The car's axle snapped short"
  • (adj): Less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so.
    Example: "Regularly gives short weight"
    Synonyms: light, scant
  • (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
  • (adv): Tightly.
    Example: "She caught him up short on his lapel"
  • (adj): Low in stature; not tall.
    Example: "His was short and stocky"; "short in stature"; "a short smokestack"
  • (adj): (of memory) deficient in retentiveness or range.
    Example: "A short memory"

Famous quotes containing the word short:

    You’ve got many refinements. I don’t think you need to worry about your failure at long division. I mean, after all, you got through short division, and short division is all that a lady ought to be called on to cope with.
    Tennessee Williams (1914–1983)

    The absence of the beloved, short though it may last, always lasts too long.
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622–1673)

    The believing mind reaches its perihelion in the so-called Liberals. They believe in each and every quack who sets up his booth in the fairgrounds, including the Communists. The Communists have some talents too, but they always fall short of believing in the Liberals.
    —H.L. (Henry Lewis)