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Shorthead
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Shortia galacifolia
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Shortness definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

SHORT'NESS, n.
1. The quality of being short in space or time; little length or little duration; as the shortness of a journey or of distance; the shortness of the days in winter; the shortness of life.
2. Fewness of words; brevity; conciseness; as th eshortness of an essay. The prayers of the church, by reason of their shortness, are easy for the memory.
3. Want of reach or the power of retention; as the shortness of the memory.
4. Deficiency; imperfection; limited extent; as the shortness of our reason.
SHORT'-RIB, n. [short and rib.] One of the lower ribs; a rib shorter than the others, below the sternum; a false rib.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: the property of being of short spatial extent; "the shortness of the Channel crossing" [ant: longness]
2: the condition of being short of something; "there was no shortness of money"; "can cause shortness of breath"
3: the property of being truncated or short [syn: shortness, truncation]
4: the property of being of short temporal extent; "the shortness of air travel time" [ant: longness]
5: the property of being shorter than average stature [ant: tallness]
6: an abrupt discourteous manner [syn: abruptness, brusqueness, curtness, gruffness, shortness]

Merriam Webster's

noun see short I

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Shortness Short"ness, n. The quality or state of being short; want of reach or extension; brevity; deficiency; as, the shortness of a journey; the shortness of the days in winter; the shortness of an essay; the shortness of the memory; a shortness of provisions; shortness of breath.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Brevity, conciseness, terseness. 2. Deficiency, imperfection, poverty.



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