Definitions

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

  • n. A deficiency in amount; an insufficiency.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a lack or deficiency
  • n. not enough, not sufficient

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Amount or extent of deficiency, as determined by some requirement or standard.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A deficit; deficiency; the amount by which anything is short.

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

  • n. the property of being an amount by which something is less than expected or required
  • n. an acute insufficiency

Etymologies

short +‎ -age (Wiktionary)

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