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Shortly definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

SHORT'LY, adv.
1. Quickly; soon; in a little time.
The armies came shortly in view of each other. Clarendon.
2. In a few words; briefly; as, to express ideas more shortly in verse than in prose.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: for a short time; "he was at the airport shortly before she was expected to arrive"
2: in the near future; "the doctor will soon be here"; "the book will appear shortly"; "she will arrive presently"; "we should have news before long" [syn: soon, shortly, presently, before long]
3: 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" [syn: curtly, short, shortly]
4: in a concise manner; in a few words; "the history is summed up concisely in this book"; "she replied briefly"; "briefly, we have a problem"; "to put it shortly" [syn: concisely, briefly, shortly, in brief, in short]
5: at a short distance; "the hem fell shortly below her knees"

Merriam Webster's

adverb Date: before 12th century 1. a. in a few words ; briefly b. in an abrupt manner 2. a. in a short time <we will be there shortly> b. at a short interval <shortly after sunset>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adv. 1 (often foll. by before, after) before long; soon (will arrive shortly; arrived shortly after him). 2 in a few words; briefly. 3 curtly. Etymology: OE scortlice (as SHORT, -LY(2))

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Shortly Short"ly, adv. [AS. sceortlice.] 1. In a short or brief time or manner; soon; quickly. --Chaucer. I shall grow jealous of you shortly. --Shak. The armies came shortly in view of each other. --Clarendon. 2. In few words; briefly; abruptly; curtly; as, to express ideas more shortly in verse than in prose.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English. If something happens shortly after or before something else, it happens not long after or before it. If something is going to happen shortly, it is going to happen soon. Their trial will shortly begin... The work will be completed very shortly... Shortly after moving into her apartment, she found a job... ADV: ADV with v, ADV after/before n, ADV adv

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

ad. 1. Soon, quickly, in a short time, in a little time. 2. Briefly, concisely, tersely, succinctly, in a few words.

Moby Thesaurus

abruptly, after a while, anon, aphoristically, bearishly, before long, betimes, bluffly, bluntly, boorishly, brashly, briefly, brusquely, by and by, cavalierly, churlishly, compendiously, concisely, crisply, crustily, curtly, directly, economically, ere long, fleetingly, flickeringly, flittingly, for a moment, gruffly, harshly, immediately, in a moment, in a while, in an instant, in brief, in brief compass, in due course, in due time, in short, just, laconically, momentarily, nastily, peremptorily, pithily, pointedly, presently, pronto, quickly, right, rudely, sententiously, sharply, snippily, soon, sparely, succinctly, summarily, swiftly, synoptically, tartly, tersely, testily, transiently


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