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Short vs. Wide

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Shortadjective

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

Wideadjective

Having a large physical extent from side to side.

‘We walked down a wide corridor.’;

Shortadjective

(of a person) Of comparatively little height.

Wideadjective

Large in scope.

‘The inquiry had a wide remit.’;

Shortadjective

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.’;

Wideadjective

(sports) Operating at the side of the playing area.

‘That team needs a decent wide player.’;

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Shortadjective

(followed by for) 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".’;

Wideadjective

On one side or the other of the mark; too far sideways from the mark, the wicket, the batsman, etc.

Shortadjective

that is relatively close to the batsman.

Wideadjective

Made, as a vowel, with a less tense, and more open and relaxed, condition of the organs in the mouth.

Shortadjective

that bounced relatively far from the batsman.

Wideadjective

Vast, great in extent, extensive.

‘The wide, lifeless expanse.’;

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Shortadjective

that falls short of the green or the hole.

Wideadjective

Remote; distant; far.

‘The hut was not wide from the sea.’; ‘The cabin is not wide from the lake.’;

Shortadjective

(of pastries and metals) Brittle, crumbly, especially due to the use of too much shortening. See shortbread, shortcake, shortcrust.

Wideadjective

(obsolete) Far from truth, propriety, necessity, etc.

Shortadjective

Abrupt; brief; pointed; petulant.

‘He gave a short answer to the question.’;

Wideadjective

(computing) Of or supporting a greater range of text characters than can fit into the traditional 8-bit representation.

‘a wide character; a wide stream’;

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Shortadjective

Limited in quantity; inadequate; insufficient; scanty.

‘a short supply of provisions’;

Wideadverb

extensively

‘He travelled far and wide.’;

Shortadjective

Insufficiently provided; inadequately supplied; scantily furnished; lacking.

‘to be short of money’; ‘The cashier came up short ten dollars on his morning shift.’;

Wideadverb

completely

‘He was wide awake.’;

Shortadjective

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

‘an account which is short of the truth’;

Wideadverb

away from a given goal

‘The arrow fell wide of the mark.’;

Shortadjective

(obsolete) Not distant in time; near at hand.

Wideadverb

So as to leave or have a great space between the sides; so as to form a large opening.

Shortadjective

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.’;

Widenoun

(cricket) A ball that passes so far from the batsman that the umpire deems it unplayable; the arm signal used by an umpire to signal a wide; the extra run added to the batting side's score

Shortadverb

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.’;

Wideadjective

Having considerable distance or extent between the sides; spacious across; much extended in a direction at right angles to that of length; not narrow; broad; as, wide cloth; a wide table; a wide highway; a wide bed; a wide hall or entry.

‘The chambers and the stables weren wyde.’; ‘Wide is the gate . . . that leadeth to destruction.’;

Shortadverb

Unawares.

‘The recent developments at work caught them short.’;

Wideadjective

Having a great extent every way; extended; spacious; broad; vast; extensive; as, a wide plain; the wide ocean; a wide difference.

‘For sceptered cynics earth were far too wide a den.’; ‘When the wide bloom, on earth that lies,Seems of a brighter world than ours.’;

Shortadverb

Without achieving a goal or requirement.

‘His speech fell short of what was expected.’;

Wideadjective

Of large scope; comprehensive; liberal; broad; as, wide views; a wide understanding.

‘Men of strongest head and widest culture.’;

Shortadverb

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

Wideadjective

Of a certain measure between the sides; measuring in a direction at right angles to that of length; as, a table three feet wide.

Shortadverb

(finance) With a negative ownership position.

‘We went short most finance companies in July.’;

Wideadjective

Remote; distant; far.

‘The contrary being so wide from the truth of Scripture and the attributes of God.’;

Shortnoun

A short circuit.

Wideadjective

Far from truth, from propriety, from necessity, or the like.

‘It is far wide that the people have such judgments.’; ‘How wide is all this long pretense !’;

Shortnoun

A short film.

Wideadjective

On one side or the other of the mark; too far side-wise from the mark, the wicket, the batsman, etc.

‘Surely he shoots wide on the bow hand.’; ‘I was but two bows wide.’;

Shortnoun

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.’;

Wideadjective

Made, as a vowel, with a less tense, and more open and relaxed, condition of the mouth organs; - opposed to primary as used by Mr. Bell, and to narrow as used by Mr. Sweet. The effect, as explained by Mr. Bell, is due to the relaxation or tension of the pharynx; as explained by Mr. Sweet and others, it is due to the action of the tongue. The wide of ē (ēve) is ĭ (ĭll); of ā (āte) is ĕ (ĕnd), etc. See Guide to Pronunciation, 13-15.

Shortnoun

(baseball) A shortstop.

‘Jones smashes a grounder between third and short.’;

Wideadjective

Having or showing a wide difference between the highest and lowest price, amount of supply, etc.; as, a wide opening; wide prices, where the prices bid and asked differ by several points.

Shortnoun

(finance) A short seller.

‘The market decline was terrible, but the shorts were buying champagne.’;

Wideadverb

To a distance; far; widely; to a great distance or extent; as, his fame was spread wide.

‘[I] went wyde in this world, wonders to hear.’;

Shortnoun

(finance) A short sale.

‘He closed out his short at a modest loss after three months.’;

Wideadverb

So as to leave or have a great space between the sides; so as to form a large opening.

Shortnoun

A summary account.

Wideadverb

So as to be or strike far from, or on one side of, an object or purpose; aside; astray.

Shortnoun

(phonetics) A short sound, syllable, or vowel.

Widenoun

That which is wide; wide space; width; extent.

Shortnoun

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

Widenoun

That which goes wide, or to one side of the mark.

Shortverb

(transitive) To cause a short circuit in (something).

Wideadjective

having great (or a certain) extent from one side to the other;

‘wide roads’; ‘a wide necktie’; ‘wide margins’; ‘three feet wide’; ‘a river two miles broad’; ‘broad shoulders’; ‘a broad river’;

Shortverb

(intransitive) Of an electrical circuit, to short circuit.

Wideadjective

broad in scope or content;

‘across-the-board pay increases’; ‘an all-embracing definition’; ‘blanket sanctions against human-rights violators’; ‘an invention with broad applications’; ‘a panoptic study of Soviet nationality’; ‘granted him wide powers’;

Shortverb

(transitive) To shortchange.

Wideadjective

(used of eyes) fully open or extended;

‘listened in round-eyed wonder’; ‘stared with wide eyes’;

Shortverb

(transitive) To provide with a smaller than agreed or labeled amount.

‘This is the third time I've caught them shorting us.’;

Wideadjective

very large in expanse or scope;

‘a broad lawn’; ‘the wide plains’; ‘a spacious view’; ‘spacious skies’;

Shortverb

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.

Wideadjective

great in degree;

‘won by a wide margin’;

Shortverb

(obsolete) To shorten.

Wideadjective

great in range or scope;

‘an extended vocabulary’; ‘surgeons with extended experience’; ‘extensive examples of picture writing’; ‘suffered extensive damage’; ‘a wide selection’;

Shortpreposition

Deficient in.

‘We are short a few men on the second shift.’; ‘He's short common sense.’;

Wideadjective

having ample fabric;

‘the current taste for wide trousers’; ‘a full skirt’;

Shortpreposition

(finance) Having a negative position in.

‘I don't want to be short the market going into the weekend.’;

Wideadjective

not on target;

‘the kick was wide’; ‘the arrow was wide of the mark’; ‘a claim that was wide of the truth’;

Shortadjective

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

‘The bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it.’;

Wideadverb

with or by a broad space;

‘stand with legs wide apart’; ‘ran wide around left end’;

Shortadjective

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

‘The life so short, the craft so long to learn.’; ‘To short absense I could yield.’;

Wideadverb

to the fullest extent possible;

‘open your eyes wide’; ‘with the throttle wide open’;

Shortadjective

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

Wideadverb

far from the intended target;

‘the arrow went wide of the mark’; ‘a bullet went astray and killed a bystander’;

Shortadjective

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.

‘We shall be short in our provision.’;

Wideadverb

to or over a great extent or range; far;

‘wandered wide through many lands’; ‘he traveled widely’;

Shortadjective

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

Wideadjective

of great or more than average width

‘a wide road’;

Shortadjective

Not distant in time; near at hand.

‘Marinell was sore offendedThat his departure thence should be so short.’; ‘He commanded those who were appointed to attend him to be ready by a short day.’;

Wideadjective

(after a measurement and in questions) from side to side

‘how wide do you think this house is?’; ‘it measures 15 cm long by 12 cm wide’;

Shortadjective

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

‘Their own short understandings reachNo farther than the present.’;

Wideadjective

open to the full extent

‘his eyes were wide with fear’;

Shortadjective

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

‘Hardly anything short of an invasion could rouse them again to war.’;

Wideadjective

considerable

‘tax revenues have undershot Treasury projections by a wide margin’;

Shortadjective

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

Wideadjective

including a great variety of people or things

‘a wide range of opinion’; ‘his wide circle of friends’;

Shortadjective

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

Wideadjective

spread among a large number of people or over a large area

‘the government's desire for wider share ownership’;

Shortadjective

Brittle.

Wideadjective

considering or dealing with the more general aspects of a situation, issue, etc.

‘the wider implications of the dispute’;

Shortadjective

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.

Wideadjective

extending over the whole of

‘an industry-wide trend’;

Shortadjective

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.

Wideadjective

at a considerable or specified distance from an intended point or target

‘the ball was wide of the leg stump’;

Shortnoun

A summary account.

‘The short and the long is, our play is preferred.’;

Wideadjective

(especially in soccer) at or near the side of the field

‘he played in a wide left position’;

Shortnoun

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

‘The first remove above bran is shorts.’;

Wideadverb

to the full extent

‘his eyes opened wide’;

Shortnoun

Short, inferior hemp.

Wideadverb

far from a particular or intended point or target

‘his final touchline conversion drifted wide’;

Shortnoun

Breeches; shortclothes.

Wideadverb

(especially in football) at or near the side of the field

‘he will play wide on the right’;

Shortnoun

A short sound, syllable, or vowel.

‘If we compare the nearest conventional shorts and longs in English, as in "bit" and "beat," "not" and "naught," we find that the short vowels are generally wide, the long narrow, besides being generally diphthongic as well. Hence, originally short vowels can be lengthened and yet kept quite distinct from the original longs.’;

Widenoun

a ball that is judged to be too wide of the stumps for the batsman to play, for which an extra is awarded to the batting side.

Shortadverb

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

‘He was taken up very short, and adjudged corrigible for such presumptuous language.’;

Shortverb

To shorten.

Shortverb

To fail; to decrease.

Shortnoun

the location on a baseball field where the shortstop is stationed

Shortnoun

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

Shortnoun

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

Shortverb

cheat someone by not returning him enough money

Shortverb

create a short-circuit in

Shortadjective

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’;

Shortadjective

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

‘short skirts’; ‘short hair’; ‘the board was a foot short’; ‘a short toss’;

Shortadjective

low in stature; not tall;

‘his was short and stocky’; ‘short in stature’; ‘a short smokestack’;

Shortadjective

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’;

Shortadjective

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

‘a short sale’; ‘short in cotton’;

Shortadjective

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

Shortadjective

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’;

Shortadjective

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

‘a light pound’; ‘a scant cup of sugar’; ‘regularly gives short weight’;

Shortadjective

used of syllables that are unaccented or of relatively brief duration

Shortadjective

(of memory) deficient in retentiveness or range;

‘a short memory’;

Shortadjective

lacking foresight or scope;

‘a short view of the problem’; ‘shortsighted policies’; ‘shortsighted critics derided the plan’; ‘myopic thinking’;

Shortadjective

unwilling to endure;

‘she was short with the slower students’;

Shortadjective

quickly aroused to anger;

‘a hotheaded commander’;

Shortadjective

most direct;

‘took the shortest and most direct route to town’;

Shortadjective

marked by rude or peremptory shortness;

‘try to cultivate a less brusque manner’; ‘a curt reply’; ‘the salesgirl was very short with him’;

Shortadverb

quickly and without warning;

‘he stopped suddenly’;

Shortadverb

without possessing something at the time it is contractually sold;

‘he made his fortune by selling short just before the crash’;

Shortadverb

clean across;

‘the car's axle snapped short’;

Shortadverb

at some point or distance before a goal is reached;

‘he fell short of our expectations’;

Shortadverb

so as to interrupt;

‘She took him up short before he could continue’;

Shortadverb

at a disadvantage;

‘I was caught short’;

Shortadverb

tightly;

‘she caught him up short on his lapel’;

Shortadverb

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’;

Shortadjective

measuring a small distance from end to end

‘short dark hair’; ‘a short flight of steps’; ‘the bed was too short for him’;

Shortadjective

(of a journey) covering a small distance

‘the hotel is a short walk from the sea’;

Shortadjective

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

‘a short skirt’;

Shortadjective

(of a person) small in height

‘he is short and tubby’;

Shortadjective

(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’;

Shortadjective

denoting fielding positions relatively close to the batsman

‘short midwicket’;

Shortadjective

lasting or taking a small amount of time

‘visiting London for a short break’; ‘a short conversation’;

Shortadjective

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

‘in 10 short years all this changed’;

Shortadjective

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

‘he has a short memory for past misdeeds’;

Shortadjective

(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.

Shortadjective

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

Shortadjective

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

Shortadjective

relatively small in extent

‘he wrote a short book’; ‘a short speech’;

Shortadjective

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

‘I know you're short on cash’; ‘they were very short of provisions’;

Shortadjective

in insufficient supply

‘food is short’;

Shortadjective

(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).

Shortadjective

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

Shortadjective

(of a person) terse; uncivil

‘he was often sharp and rather short with her’;

Shortadjective

(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’;

Shortadjective

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

Shortadjective

(of clay) having poor plasticity.

Shortadverb

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

‘you go deep and you go short’;

Shortadverb

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

‘all too often you pitch the ball short’;

Shortnoun

a drink of spirits served in a small measure.

Shortnoun

a short film as opposed to a feature film.

Shortnoun

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’;

Shortnoun

a short circuit.

Shortnoun

a person who sells short.

Shortnoun

short-dated stocks.

Shortnoun

a mixture of bran and coarse flour.

Shortverb

short-circuit or cause to short-circuit

‘the electrical circuit had shorted out’; ‘if the contact terminals are shorted, the battery quickly overheats’;

Shortverb

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’;

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