Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality or state of being short. Want of length or extent in space or time; little length or little duration.
- n. Fewness of words; brevity; conciseness.
- n. Want of reach, or of the power of retention: as, the shortness of the memory.
- n. Deficiency; imperfection; limited extent; poverty: as, the shortness of our reason; shortness of provisious.
- n. Curtness; sharpness: as, her temper was evident from the shortness of her answers.
- n. Brittleness; friability; crispness.
- n. uncountable The property of being short, of being small of stature or brief.
- n. countable The result or product of being short.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality or state of being short; want of reach or extension; brevity; deficiency.
- n. the property of being of short temporal extent
- n. the condition of being short of something
- n. the property of being truncated or short
- n. the property of being of short spatial extent
- n. the property of being shorter than average stature
- n. an abrupt discourteous manner
- From short + -ness (Wiktionary)
“During his 2007 presidential campaign, he left the country two weeks before the vote to receive medical care in Germany after experiencing what he described as a shortness of breath.”
“During Yar'Adua's 2007 presidential campaign, he left the country two weeks before the vote to receive medical care in Germany after experiencing what he described as a shortness of breath.”
“Some patients have long-term shortness of breath with episodes of increased shortness of breath.”
“1 Mayyafarikin, whose adjective for shortness is “Fárikí”: the place is often mentioned in The Nights as the then capital of Diyár Bakr, thirty parasangs from Násibín, the classical Nisibis, between the upper Euphrates and Tigris.”
“There was a great deal of concern here in Washington, across the United States yesterday, when the vice president made an unexpected trip to the hospital after experiencing what was described as a shortness of breath.”
“You can't call a shortness left from a broken leg LAME!”
“If you have any unusual symptoms, such as shortness of breath, wheezing, or difficulty taking fluids, you should seek immediate help.”
“In children with trisomy 21, PDAs are less likely to close; however, because Katie was not experiencing symptoms such as shortness of breath, Dr. Gleason assured her parents that the best tactic was to monitor, rather than immediately treat, the abnormality.”
“Symptoms of the incurable disease, such as shortness of breath and chest pain, may not appear until 50 years after exposure.”
“Allergic reactions such as shortness of breath, swelling of your tongue or throat, may occur and in rare cases may be fatal.”
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