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verb     short pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1



    short out

    [intransitive/transitive] to short-circuit, or to make something do this

    I think the lamp has shorted.

  2. 2
    [transitive] American informal to give someone less of something than they expect or should get

    I asked for two pounds of walnuts but she shorted me by about four ounces.

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a rise in the level of a stream or river

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