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short story a brief piece of fiction, usu. having a single theme, limited scope, and few characters.
short subject a brief film, usu. shown as an introduction to a full-length feature, or between two full-length films.
short-tempered easily angered; irritable.
short-term covering, lasting, or completed in a short period. [2 definitions]
short ton a unit of weight equal to two thousand pounds or 0.907 metric ton.
short-waisted having a relatively short torso; having a high waistline. (Cf. long-waisted.)
shortwave a radio wave having a wavelength of less than sixty meters. [4 definitions]
short-winded breathing in short choppy inhalations; unable to withstand strenuous exercise because of insufficient lung capacity. [2 definitions]
shorty (informal) a noticeably or exceptionally short person or thing.
Shoshone a member of any of several North American Indian tribes of the western United States, including the Hopis, Paiutes, and Comanches. [2 definitions]
Shoshonean a family of American Indian languages, including Shoshone, Comanche, and Hopi.
shot1 an instance of shooting with a weapon. [10 definitions]
shot2 of cloth such as silk, woven so as to be changeable in color. [2 definitions]
shot3 past tense and past participle of shoot.
shot4 a small amount of a strong liquor such as whiskey, vodka, or gin. In the U.S., a standard shot is generally considered to be 1.5 fluid ounces.
shot clock in basketball, a clock that indicates the amount of time within which a team must attempt to score a basket.
shote variant of shoat.
shot effect random fluctuation in the flow of electrons emitted by a heated cathode, resulting, when amplified, in a popping noise.
shot glass a small glass used for drinking a small amount of liquor or for measuring a shot of liquor.
shotgun a riflelike gun with a smooth bore that fires several small pellets or buckshot at once, used mostly for killing birds and small game at close range.
shotgun wedding a wedding into which one or both of the participants are forced, esp. because of pregnancy.