Etymology
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shortness (n.)

Old English scortnes; see short (adj.) + -ness. Shortness of breath is from 1570s.

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Definitions of shortness

shortness (n.)
the property of being of short spatial extent;
the shortness of the Channel crossing
shortness (n.)
the condition of being short of something;
can cause shortness of breath
there was no shortness of money
shortness (n.)
the property of being truncated or short;
Synonyms: truncation
shortness (n.)
the property of being of short temporal extent;
the shortness of air travel time
shortness (n.)
the property of being shorter than average stature;
shortness (n.)
an abrupt discourteous manner;
Synonyms: abruptness / brusqueness / curtness / gruffness
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