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Short vs. Shrift

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  • Short (adjective)

    Having a small distance from one end or edge to another, either horizontally or vertically.

  • Short (adjective)

    Of comparatively little height.

  • Short (adjective)

    Having little duration; opposite of long.

    "Our meeting was a short six minutes today. Every day for the past month it's been at least twenty minutes long."

  • Short (adjective)

    Of a word or phrase, constituting an abbreviation (for another) or shortened form (of another).

    "“Phone” is short for “telephone” and "asap" short for "as soon as possible"."

  • Short (adjective)

    that is relatively close to the batsman.

  • Short (adjective)

    that bounced relatively far from the batsman.

  • Short (adjective)

    that falls short of the green or the hole.

  • Short (adjective)

    Brittle, crumbly, especially due to the use of too much shortening. See shortbread, shortcake, shortcrust.

  • Short (adjective)

    Abrupt; brief; pointed; petulant.

    "He gave a short answer to the question."

  • Short (adjective)

    Limited in quantity; inadequate; insufficient; scanty.

    "a short supply of provisions"

  • Short (adjective)

    Insufficiently provided; inadequately supplied; scantily furnished; lacking.

    "to be short of money"

    "The cashier came up short ten dollars on his morning shift."

  • Short (adjective)

    Deficient; less; not coming up to a measure or standard.

    "an account which is short of the truth"

  • Short (adjective)

    Not distant in time; near at hand.

  • Short (adjective)

    Being in a financial investment position that is structured to be profitable if the price of the underlying security declines in the future.

    "I'm short General Motors because I think their sales are plunging."

  • Short (adverb)

    Abruptly, curtly, briefly.

    "They had to stop short to avoid hitting the dog in the street."

    "He cut me short repeatedly in the meeting."

    "The boss got a message and cut the meeting short."

  • Short (adverb)

    Unawares.

    "The recent developments at work caught them short."

  • Short (adverb)

    Without achieving a goal or requirement.

    "His speech fell short of what was expected."

  • Short (adverb)

    Relatively far from the batsman and hence bouncing higher than normal; opposite of full.

  • Short (adverb)

    With a negative ownership position.

    "We went short most finance companies in July."

  • Short (noun)

    A short circuit.

  • Short (noun)

    A short film.

  • Short (noun)

    Used to indicate a short-length version of a size

    "38 short suits fit me right off the rack."

    "Do you have that size in a short."

  • Short (noun)

    A shortstop.

    "Jones smashes a grounder between third and short."

  • Short (noun)

    A short seller.

    "The market decline was terrible, but the shorts were buying champagne."

  • Short (noun)

    A short sale.

    "He closed out his short at a modest loss after three months."

  • Short (noun)

    A summary account.

  • Short (noun)

    A short sound, syllable, or vowel.

  • Short (noun)

    An integer variable having a smaller range than normal integers; usually two bytes long.

  • Short (verb)

    To cause a short circuit in (something).

  • Short (verb)

    Of an short circuit.

  • Short (verb)

    To shortchange.

  • Short (verb)

    To provide with a smaller than agreed or labeled amount.

    "This is the third time I've caught them shorting us."

  • Short (verb)

    To sell something, especially securities, that one does not own at the moment for delivery at a later date in hopes of profiting from a decline in the price; to sell short.

  • Short (verb)

    To shorten.

  • Short (preposition)

    Deficient in.

    "We are short a few men on the second shift."

    "He's short common sense."

  • Short (preposition)

    Having a negative position in.

    "I don't want to be short the market going into the weekend."

  • Shrift (noun)

    The act of going to or hearing a religious confession.

  • Shrift (noun)

    Confession to a priest.

  • Shrift (noun)

    Forgiveness given by a priest after confession; remission.

Wiktionary
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  • Short (adjective)

    measuring a small distance from end to end

    "short dark hair"

    "a short flight of steps"

    "the bed was too short for him"

  • Short (adjective)

    (of a journey) covering a small distance

    "the hotel is a short walk from the sea"

  • Short (adjective)

    (of a garment or sleeves on a garment) only covering the top part of a person's arms or legs

    "a short skirt"

  • Short (adjective)

    (of a person) small in height

    "he is short and tubby"

  • Short (adjective)

    (of a ball in cricket, a shot in tennis, etc.) travelling only a small distance before bouncing

    "he uses his opportunities to attack every short ball"

  • Short (adjective)

    denoting fielding positions relatively close to the batsman

    "short midwicket"

  • Short (adjective)

    lasting or taking a small amount of time

    "visiting London for a short break"

    "a short conversation"

  • Short (adjective)

    seeming to last less time than is the case; passing quickly

    "in 10 short years all this changed"

  • Short (adjective)

    (of a person's memory) retaining things for only a small amount of time

    "he has a short memory for past misdeeds"

  • Short (adjective)

    (of stocks or other securities or commodities) sold in advance of being acquired, with reliance on the price falling so that a profit can be made.

  • Short (adjective)

    (of a broker, position in the market, etc.) buying or based on short stocks or other securities or commodities.

  • Short (adjective)

    denoting or having a relatively early date for the maturing of a bill of exchange.

  • Short (adjective)

    relatively small in extent

    "he wrote a short book"

    "a short speech"

  • Short (adjective)

    not having enough of (something); lacking or deficient in

    "I know you're short on cash"

    "they were very short of provisions"

  • Short (adjective)

    in insufficient supply

    "food is short"

  • Short (adjective)

    (of a vowel) categorized as short with regard to quality and length (e.g. in standard British English the vowel /ʊ/ in good is short as distinct from the long vowel /uː/ in food).

  • Short (adjective)

    (of a vowel or syllable) having the lesser of the two recognized durations.

  • Short (adjective)

    (of a person) terse; uncivil

    "he was often sharp and rather short with her"

  • Short (adjective)

    (of odds or a chance) reflecting or representing a high level of probability

    "they have been backed at short odds to win thousands of pounds"

  • Short (adjective)

    (of pastry) containing a high proportion of fat to flour and therefore crumbly.

  • Short (adjective)

    (of clay) having poor plasticity.

  • Short (adverb)

    (chiefly in sport) at, to, or over a relatively small distance

    "you go deep and you go short"

  • Short (adverb)

    not as far as the point aimed at; not far enough

    "all too often you pitch the ball short"

  • Short (noun)

    a drink of spirits served in a small measure.

  • Short (noun)

    a short film as opposed to a feature film.

  • Short (noun)

    a short sound such as a short signal in Morse code or a short vowel or syllable

    "her call was two longs and a short"

  • Short (noun)

    a short circuit.

  • Short (noun)

    a person who sells short.

  • Short (noun)

    short-dated stocks.

  • Short (noun)

    a mixture of bran and coarse flour.

  • Short (verb)

    short-circuit or cause to short-circuit

    "the electrical circuit had shorted out"

    "if the contact terminals are shorted, the battery quickly overheats"

  • Short (verb)

    sell (stocks or other securities or commodities) in advance of acquiring them, with the aim of making a profit when the price falls

    "the rule prevents sellers from shorting a stock unless the last trade resulted in a price increase"

  • Shrift (noun)

    confession, especially to a priest

    "go to shrift"

  • Shrift (noun)

    absolution by a priest.

Oxford Dictionary
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  • Short (adjective)

    Not long; having brief length or linear extension; as, a short distance; a short piece of timber; a short flight.

  • Short (adjective)

    Not extended in time; having very limited duration; not protracted; as, short breath.

  • Short (adjective)

    Limited in quantity; inadequate; insufficient; scanty; as, a short supply of provisions, or of water.

  • Short (adjective)

    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.

  • Short (adjective)

    Deficient; defective; imperfect; not coming up, as to a measure or standard; as, an account which is short of the trith.

  • Short (adjective)

    Not distant in time; near at hand.

  • Short (adjective)

    Limited in intellectual power or grasp; not comprehensive; narrow; not tenacious, as memory.

  • Short (adjective)

    Less important, efficaceous, or powerful; not equal or equivalent; less (than); - with of.

  • Short (adjective)

    Abrupt; brief; pointed; petulant; as, he gave a short answer to the question.

  • Short (adjective)

    Breaking or crumbling readily in the mouth; crisp; as, short pastry.

  • Short (adjective)

    Brittle.

  • Short (adjective)

    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.

  • Short (adjective)

    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.

  • Short (noun)

    A summary account.

  • Short (noun)

    The part of milled grain sifted out which is next finer than the bran.

  • Short (noun)

    Short, inferior hemp.

  • Short (noun)

    Breeches; shortclothes.

  • Short (noun)

    A short sound, syllable, or vowel.

  • Short (adverb)

    In a short manner; briefly; limitedly; abruptly; quickly; as, to stop short in one's course; to turn short.

  • Short

    To shorten.

  • Short (verb)

    To fail; to decrease.

  • Shrift (noun)

    The act of shriving.

  • Shrift (noun)

    Confession made to a priest, and the absolution consequent upon it.

Webster Dictionary
  • Short (noun)

    the location on a baseball field where the shortstop is stationed

  • Short (noun)

    accidental contact between two points in an electric circuit that have a potential difference

  • Short (noun)

    the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed between 2nd and 3rd base

  • Short (verb)

    cheat someone by not returning him enough money

  • Short (verb)

    create a short-circuit in

  • Short (adjective)

    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"

  • Short (adjective)

    primarily spatial sense; having little length or lacking in length;

    "short skirts"

    "short hair"

    "the board was a foot short"

    "a short toss"

  • Short (adjective)

    low in stature; not tall;

    "his was short and stocky"

    "short in stature"

    "a short smokestack"

  • Short (adjective)

    not sufficient to meet a need;

    "an inadequate income"

    "a poor salary"

    "money is short"

    "on short rations"

    "food is in short supply"

    "short on experience"

  • Short (adjective)

    not holding securities or commodities that one sells in expectation of a fall in prices;

    "a short sale"

    "short in cotton"

  • Short (adjective)

    of speech sounds (especially vowels) of relatively short duration (as e.g. the English vowel sounds in `pat', `pet', `pit', `pot', putt')

  • Short (adjective)

    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"

  • Short (adjective)

    less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so;

    "a light pound"

    "a scant cup of sugar"

    "regularly gives short weight"

  • Short (adjective)

    used of syllables that are unaccented or of relatively brief duration

  • Short (adjective)

    (of memory) deficient in retentiveness or range;

    "a short memory"

  • Short (adjective)

    lacking foresight or scope;

    "a short view of the problem"

    "shortsighted policies"

    "shortsighted critics derided the plan"

    "myopic thinking"

  • Short (adjective)

    unwilling to endure;

    "she was short with the slower students"

  • Short (adjective)

    quickly aroused to anger;

    "a hotheaded commander"

  • Short (adjective)

    most direct;

    "took the shortest and most direct route to town"

  • Short (adjective)

    marked by rude or peremptory shortness;

    "try to cultivate a less brusque manner"

    "a curt reply"

    "the salesgirl was very short with him"

  • Short (adverb)

    quickly and without warning;

    "he stopped suddenly"

  • Short (adverb)

    without possessing something at the time it is contractually sold;

    "he made his fortune by selling short just before the crash"

  • Short (adverb)

    clean across;

    "the car's axle snapped short"

  • Short (adverb)

    at some point or distance before a goal is reached;

    "he fell short of our expectations"

  • Short (adverb)

    so as to interrupt;

    "She took him up short before he could continue"

  • Short (adverb)

    at a disadvantage;

    "I was caught short"

  • Short (adverb)

    tightly;

    "she caught him up short on his lapel"

  • Short (adverb)

    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"

  • Shrift (noun)

    the act of being shriven

Princeton's WordNet

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