Definition of short noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    short

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//ʃɔrt//
     
    (informal)see also shorts
     
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  1. 1 a short movie, especially one that is shown before the main film
  2. 2(informal) = short circuit
  3. Idioms in a few words His novels belong to a great but vanished age. They are, in short, old-fashioned.
    the long and (the) short of it
     
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    used when you are telling someone the essential facts about something or what effect it will have, without explaining all the details
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