short 1 adj
1: treated or disposed of quickly in court
the calendar for short causes
2 a: not having goods or property that one has sold in anticipation of a fall in prices
a seller who was short at the time of the sale
b: consisting of or relating to a sale of securities or commodities that the seller does not possess or has not contracted for at the time of the sale
a short sale
a short position
◇ The purpose of a short sale is to profit from an anticipated drop in the price of a security or commodity. Typically, an investor directs a broker to borrow a quantity of stocks and to sell them at the current price. If the price drops, the investor then repurchases an equal quantity at the lower price, returns the borrowed stocks, and retains the difference in price as profit. If the price rises instead of falling, the investor may choose or be compelled to repurchase the stocks at a higher price and to accept a loss.
short 2 adv: by or as if by a short sale
sold the stock short

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I (brief) adjective abbreviated, abridged, compact, compressed, concise, condensed, crisp, cursory, curtailed, deficient, delinquent, devoid, fleet, fleeting, fugacious, hasty, laconic, meager, minimal, momentary, perfunctory, petulant, poor, quick, scarce, short-lived, shy, skimpy, sparse, succinct, temporary, terse, transient, unelevated associated concepts: short clause, short form decision of the court, short notice II (caustic) adjective abrupt, acetous, acrimonious, blunt, brusque, curt, discourteous, froward, grouchy, gruff, impolite, irascible, peevish, sharp, sour, sullen, surly, terse, touchy, testy, trenchant, ungraceful, volatile III (imperfect) adjective defective, inadequate, incommensurate, incomplete, insufficient, lacking, low, meager, needing, sparse, unenduring, wanting IV index brief, caustic, compact (pithy), concise, cursory, deficient, delinquent (overdue), devoid, ephemeral, impecunious, imperfect, inadequate, incommensurate, insufficient, laconic, minimal, perfunctory, petulant, poor (underprivileged), scarce, succinct, transient

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

(1) Covering a small distance or lasting a brief time; below the standard or required length.
(2) Having sold borrowed shares or property in the expectation of being able to repurchase them at a lower price;
see also sell short

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

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