noun a summary account.
2. short ·noun short, inferior hemp.
3. short ·noun breeches; shortclothes.
4. short ·noun a short sound, syllable, or vowel.
5. short ·superl brittle.
6. short ·vt to shorten.
7. short ·superl not distant in time; near at hand.
8. short ·vi to fail; to decrease.
9. short ·noun the part of milled grain sifted out which is next finer than the bran.
10. short ·superl breaking or crumbling readily in the mouth; crisp; as, short pastry.
11. short ·superl abrupt; brief; pointed; petulant; as, he gave a short answer to the question.
12. short ·superl not extended in time; having very limited duration; not protracted; as, short breath.
13. short ·superl less important, efficaceous, or powerful; not equal or equivalent; less (than);
14. short ·superl limited in intellectual power or grasp; not comprehensive; narrow; not tenacious, as memory.
15. short ·superl limited in quantity; inadequate; insufficient; scanty; as, a short supply of provisions, or of water.
xvi. short ·adv in a short manner; briefly; limitedly; abruptly; quickly; as, to stop short in one's course; to turn short.
xvii. short ·superl not long; having brief length or linear extension; as, a short distance; a short piece of timber; a short flight.
xviii. short ·superl deficient; defective; imperfect; not coming up, as to a measure or standard; as, an account which is short of the trith.
xix. short ·superl engaging or engaged to deliver what is not possessed; as, short contracts; to be short of stock. ·see the shorts, under short, ·noun, and to sell short, under short, ·adv
xx. short ·superl 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.
xxi. short ·adv 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.