Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The quality or state of being short.
  • noun Fewness of words; brevity; conciseness.
  • noun Want of reach, or of the power of retention: as, the shortness of the memory.
  • noun Deficiency; imperfection; limited extent; poverty: as, the shortness of our reason; shortness of provisious.
  • noun Curtness; sharpness: as, her temper was evident from the shortness of her answers.
  • noun Brittleness; friability; crispness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or state of being short; want of reach or extension; brevity; deficiency.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable The property of being short, of being small of stature or brief.
  • noun countable The result or product of being short.

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

  • noun the property of being of short temporal extent
  • noun the condition of being short of something
  • noun the property of being truncated or short
  • noun the property of being of short spatial extent
  • noun the property of being shorter than average stature
  • noun an abrupt discourteous manner

Etymologies

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From short +‎ -ness

Examples

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Some patients have long-term shortness of breath with episodes of increased shortness of breath.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • "You can't call a shortness left from a broken leg LAME!"

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  • If you have any unusual symptoms, such as shortness of breath, wheezing, or difficulty taking fluids, you should seek immediate help.

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  • If you have any unusual symptoms, such as shortness of breath, wheezing, or difficulty taking fluids, you should seek immediate help.

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  • 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.

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