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Definition of shortness:

  1. The quality or state of being short; want of reach or extension; brevity; deficiency; as, the shortness of a journey; the shortness of the days in winter; the shortness of an essay; the shortness of the memory; a shortness of provisions; shortness of breath.

Synonyms:

huskiness, gruffness, precipitateness, abruptness, precipitousness, steepness, truncation, brusqueness, suddenness, curtness, hoarseness, precipitance, precipitancy.

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