Definitions

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

  • n. A failure to attain a specified amount or level; a shortage.
  • n. The amount by which a supply falls short of expectation, need, or demand.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An instance of not meeting a quota or of having an insufficient amount.
  • n. The amount by which a quota is missed; the amount missing.

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

Etymologies

From to fall short (Wiktionary)

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