Small vs. Short

Small vs. Short — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Small and Short

Smalladjective

Not large or big; insignificant; few in number.

A small serving of ice cream.A small group.He made us all feel small.

Shortadjective

Having a small distance from one end or edge to another, either horizontally or vertically.

Smalladjective

(figuratively) Young, as a child.

Remember when the children were small?

Shortadjective

(of a person) Of comparatively little height.

Smalladjective

Minuscule or lowercase, referring to written letters.

Shortadjective

Having little duration; opposite of long.

Our meeting was a short six minutes today. Every day for the past month it's been at least twenty minutes long.
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Smalladjective

Envincing little worth or ability; not large-minded; paltry; mean.

Shortadjective

(followed by for) Of a word or phrase, constituting an abbreviation (for another) or shortened form (of another).

“Phone” is short for “telephone” and "asap" short for "as soon as possible".

Smalladjective

Not prolonged in duration; not extended in time; short.

a small space of time

Shortadjective

that is relatively close to the batsman.

Smalladverb

In a small fashion.

Shortadjective

that bounced relatively far from the batsman.

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Smalladverb

In or into small pieces.

Shortadjective

that falls short of the green or the hole.

Smalladverb

(obsolete) To a small extent.

Shortadjective

(of pastries and metals) Brittle, crumbly, especially due to the use of too much shortening. See shortbread, shortcake, shortcrust.

Smallnoun

(rare) Any part of something that is smaller or slimmer than the rest, now usually with anatomical reference to the back.

Shortadjective

Abrupt; brief; pointed; petulant.

He gave a short answer to the question.

Smallverb

To make little or less.

Shortadjective

Limited in quantity; inadequate; insufficient; scanty.

a short supply of provisions

Smallverb

(intransitive) To become small; to dwindle.

Shortadjective

Insufficiently provided; inadequately supplied; scantily furnished; lacking.

to be short of moneyThe cashier came up short ten dollars on his morning shift.

Smallnoun

the slender part of the back

Shortadjective

Deficient; less; not coming up to a measure or standard.

an account which is short of the truth

Smallnoun

a garment size for a small person

Shortadjective

(obsolete) Not distant in time; near at hand.

Smalladjective

limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent;

a little dining rooma little housea small cara little (or small) groupa small voice

Shortadjective

Being in a financial investment position that is structured to be profitable if the price of the underlying security declines in the future.

I'm short General Motors because I think their sales are plunging.

Smalladjective

limited in size or scope;

a small businessa newspaper with a modest circulationsmall-scale plansa pocket-size country

Shortadverb

Abruptly, curtly, briefly.

They had to stop short to avoid hitting the dog in the street.He cut me short repeatedly in the meeting.The boss got a message and cut the meeting short.

Smalladjective

low or inferior in station or quality;

a humble cottagea lowly parish priesta modest man of the peoplesmall beginnings

Shortadverb

Unawares.

The recent developments at work caught them short.

Smalladjective

not fully grown;

what a big little boy you aresmall children

Shortadverb

Without achieving a goal or requirement.

His speech fell short of what was expected.

Smalladjective

too small to be seen except under a microscope

Shortadverb

Relatively far from the batsman and hence bouncing higher than normal; opposite of full.

Smalladjective

not large but sufficient in size or amount;

a modest salarymodest inflationhelped in my own small way

Shortadverb

(finance) With a negative ownership position.

We went short most finance companies in July.

Smalladjective

(of a voice) faint;

a little voicea still small voice

Shortnoun

A short circuit.

Smalladjective

slight or limited; especially in degree or intensity or scope;

a series of death struggles with small time in between

Shortnoun

A short film.

Smalladjective

made to seem smaller or less (especially in worth);

her comments made me feel small

Shortnoun

Used to indicate a short-length version of a size

38 short suits fit me right off the rack.Do you have that size in a short.

Smalladjective

lowercase;

little asmall ae.e.cummings's poetry is written all in minuscule letters

Shortnoun

(baseball) A shortstop.

Jones smashes a grounder between third and short.

Smalladjective

have fine or very small constituent particles;

a small misty rain

Shortnoun

(finance) A short seller.

The market decline was terrible, but the shorts were buying champagne.

Smalladverb

on a small scale;

think small

Shortnoun

(finance) A short sale.

He closed out his short at a modest loss after three months.

Shortnoun

A summary account.

Shortnoun

(phonetics) A short sound, syllable, or vowel.

Shortnoun

(programming) An integer variable having a smaller range than normal integers; usually two bytes long.

Shortverb

(transitive) To cause a short circuit in (something).

Shortverb

(intransitive) Of an electrical circuit, to short circuit.

Shortverb

(transitive) To shortchange.

Shortverb

(transitive) To provide with a smaller than agreed or labeled amount.

This is the third time I've caught them shorting us.

Shortverb

To sell something, especially securities, that one does not own at the moment for delivery at a later date in hopes of profiting from a decline in the price; to sell short.

Shortverb

(obsolete) To shorten.

Shortpreposition

Deficient in.

We are short a few men on the second shift.He's short common sense.

Shortpreposition

(finance) Having a negative position in.

I don't want to be short the market going into the weekend.

Shortnoun

the location on a baseball field where the shortstop is stationed

Shortnoun

accidental contact between two points in an electric circuit that have a potential difference

Shortnoun

the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed between 2nd and 3rd base

Shortverb

cheat someone by not returning him enough money

Shortverb

create a short-circuit in

Shortadjective

primarily temporal sense; indicating or being or seeming to be limited in duration;

a short lifea short flighta short holidaya short storyonly a few short months

Shortadjective

primarily spatial sense; having little length or lacking in length;

short skirtsshort hairthe board was a foot shorta short toss

Shortadjective

low in stature; not tall;

his was short and stockyshort in staturea short smokestack

Shortadjective

not sufficient to meet a need;

an inadequate incomea poor salarymoney is shorton short rationsfood is in short supplyshort on experience

Shortadjective

not holding securities or commodities that one sells in expectation of a fall in prices;

a short saleshort in cotton

Shortadjective

of speech sounds (especially vowels) of relatively short duration (as e.g. the English vowel sounds in `pat', `pet', `pit', `pot', putt')

Shortadjective

containing a large amount of shortening; therefore tender and easy to crumble or break into flakes;

shortbread is a short crumbly cookiea short flaky pie crust

Shortadjective

less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so;

a light pounda scant cup of sugarregularly gives short weight

Shortadjective

used of syllables that are unaccented or of relatively brief duration

Shortadjective

(of memory) deficient in retentiveness or range;

a short memory

Shortadjective

lacking foresight or scope;

a short view of the problemshortsighted policiesshortsighted critics derided the planmyopic thinking

Shortadjective

unwilling to endure;

she was short with the slower students

Shortadjective

quickly aroused to anger;

a hotheaded commander

Shortadjective

most direct;

took the shortest and most direct route to town

Shortadjective

marked by rude or peremptory shortness;

try to cultivate a less brusque mannera curt replythe salesgirl was very short with him

Shortadverb

quickly and without warning;

he stopped suddenly

Shortadverb

without possessing something at the time it is contractually sold;

he made his fortune by selling short just before the crash

Shortadverb

clean across;

the car's axle snapped short

Shortadverb

at some point or distance before a goal is reached;

he fell short of our expectations

Shortadverb

so as to interrupt;

She took him up short before he could continue

Shortadverb

at a disadvantage;

I was caught short

Shortadverb

tightly;

she caught him up short on his lapel

Shortadverb

in a curt, abrupt and discourteous manner;

he told me curtly to get on with ithe talked short with everyonehe said shortly that he didn't like it