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short

adjective  /ʃɔrt/ us  

short adjective (LENGTH)

[-er/-est only] having little length, distance, or height: Short hair is back in style. It’s only a short walk to the store.

short adjective (TIME)

[-er/-est only] of a small amount of time, or less than the average or usual amount of time: Mary Lou was here a short while ago. There will be a short delay in the flight while we load a few more bags.

short adjective (LACKING)

[not gradable] not reaching a desired amount or level; lacking: The bill comes to $85, but we’re $15 short.

short

adverb  /ʃɔrt/ us  

short adverb (LENGTH)

[-er/-est only] in a way that makes something short in length, distance, or height: She decided to cut her hair short.

short adverb (TIME)

[not gradable] before the arranged or expected time or place: I started to say something, but he cut me short (= stopped me from continuing).
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