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

  • n. The account of one that sells short.
  • n. See short interest.

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

  • n. the aggregate of short sales on an open market
  • n. a brokerage account of someone who sells short (sells securities he does not own)


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