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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Lacking the usual or necessary number of workers, employees, or assistants.
  • adj. Sports Having fewer players on the ice or playing area than the opposing team, usually because of a penalty.
  • adj. Sports Scored by a team that is short-handed: a short-handed goal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Lacking sufficient people or staff, as for a given task or job.
  • adj. Having, or occurring during an interval with, fewer than a full complement of players on the field, rink, or other venue of play.
  • adj. Having fewer than the standard number of players.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Short of, or lacking the regular number of, servants or helpers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not having the neeessary or regular number of hands, servants, or assistants.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. inadequate in number of workers or assistants etc.

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