- measuring a small distance from end to end；(of a journey) covering a small distance
- (chiefly in sport) at, to, or over a relatively small distance；not as far as the point aimed at; not far enough
- a drink of spirits served in a small measure.；a short film as opposed to a feature film.
- short-circuit or cause to short-circuit；sell (stocks or other securities or commodities) in advance of acquiring them, with the aim of making a profit when the price falls
verb: short, 3rd person present: shorts, gerund or present participle: shorting, past tense: shorted, past participle: shorted
noun: short, plural noun: shorts
- 1. measuring a small distance from end to end short dark hair a short flight of steps 同義詞 反義詞
- ▪ (of a journey) covering a small distance the hotel is a short walk from the sea
- ▪ (of a garment or sleeves on a garment) only covering the top part of a person's arms or legs a short skirt
- ▪ (of a person) small in height he is short and tubby 同義詞 反義詞
- ▪ (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
- ▪ denoting fielding positions relatively close to the batsman short midwicket
- 2. lasting or taking a small amount of time visiting London for a short break a short conversation 同義詞
- ▪ seeming to last less time than is the case; passing quickly in 10 short years all this changed
- ▪ (of a person's memory) retaining things for only a small amount of time he has a short memory for past misdeeds
- ▪ (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.
- ▪ (of a broker, position in the market, etc.) buying or based on short stocks or other securities or commodities.
- ▪ denoting or having a relatively early date for the maturing of a bill of exchange.
- 3. relatively small in extent a short speech he wrote a short book 同義詞 反義詞
- ▪ not having enough of (something); lacking or deficient in they were very short of provisions I know you're short on cash
- ▪ in insufficient supply food is short 同義詞 反義詞
- 4. (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).
- ▪ (of a vowel or syllable) having the lesser of the two recognized durations.
- 5. (of a person) terse; uncivil he was often sharp and rather short with her 同義詞 反義詞
- 6. (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
- 7. (of pastry) containing a high proportion of fat to flour and therefore crumbly. 同義詞
- ▪ (of clay) having poor plasticity.
- 1. (chiefly in sport) at, to, or over a relatively small distance you go deep and you go short
- ▪ not as far as the point aimed at; not far enough all too often you pitch the ball short
- 1. British a drink of spirits served in a small measure.
- 2. a short film as opposed to a feature film.
- 3. 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
- 4. a short circuit.
- 5. a person who sells short.
- ▪ short-dated stocks.
- 6. a mixture of bran and coarse flour.
- 1. short-circuit or cause to short-circuit the electrical circuit had shorted out if the contact terminals are shorted, the battery quickly overheats
- 2. 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
- be caught short
- a brick short of a load
- a sandwich short of a picnic
- bring someone up short
- come short
- for short
- have someone by the short and curlies
- have someone by the short hairs
- go short
- in short
- in short order
- in the short term
- little short of
- nothing short of
- make short work of
- sell short
- sell someone/something short
- short and sweet
- the short end of the stick
- short for
- short of
- short of breath
- stop short
- stop short of