shortness


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Synonyms for shortness

the property of being of short spatial extent

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the condition of being short of something

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the property of being truncated or short

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the property of being of short temporal extent

the property of being shorter than average stature

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an abrupt discourteous manner

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Tugby said he wouldn't; but, his whole existence was a fight, in which, if any judgment might be founded on the constantly- increasing shortness of his breath, and the deepening purple of his face, he was always getting the worst of it.
Not of old had he known shortness of breath such as this, and muscles that so easily tired at a stiff climb.
Ends, whose cranky eyes justified themselves in his shortness of temper.
Captain Duncan demanded in a smothered voice wherein struggled anger and shortness of breath.
He even robbed Grey Beaver's snare of a rabbit at a time when Grey Beaver staggered and tottered through the forest, sitting down often to rest, what of weakness and of shortness of breath.
While Miss Pink dwelt eloquently on the shortness of the notice, Miss Pink's niece based her resolution on far more important grounds.
And a monkey looks best in a cage," rejoined Benjamin, enraged at the satirical reference to his shortness of stature.
cried the young squire, and sprang in with a fire and a fury which more than made up for the shortness of his weapon.
Thirdly, those characters which are mainly distinctive of each breed, for instance the wattle and length of beak of the carrier, the shortness of that of the tumbler, and the number of tail-feathers in the fantail, are in each breed eminently variable; and the explanation of this fact will be obvious when we come to treat of selection.
The distinction of the rabbit as a species, is taken from peculiarities in the fur, from the shape of the head, and from the shortness of the ears.
The shortness of my legs, hanging helplessly for two hours midway between the seat and the floor, was the weapon chosen by Satan for my destruction.
Moreover, they are paid for this and receive honour--the greatest honour, as might be expected, from tyrants, and the next greatest from democracies; but the higher they ascend our constitution hill, the more their reputation fails, and seems unable from shortness of breath to proceed further.
so for shortness we will call her), "I entreat you not to make me sick.
I had solved the problem which had arisen through the shortness of the shears.
Tartar, to lose nothing of his face, in his shortness of sight.