In finance short selling is the practice of selling securities or other financial instruments that are not currently owned, and subsequently repurchasing them . In the event of an interim price decline, the short seller will profit, since the cost of purchase will be less than the proceeds which were received upon the initial sale. Conversely, the short position will be closed out at a loss in the event that the price of a shorted instrument should rise prior to repurchase. The potential loss on a short sale is theoretically unlimited in the event of an unlimited rise in the price of the instrument, however in practice the short seller will be required to post ...

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  1. A short circuit.
  2. A short film.
    38 short suits fit me right off the rack.
    Do you have that size in a short.
  3. shortstop
    Jones smashes a grounder between third and short.
  4. A short seller
    The market decline was terrible, but the shorts were buying champagne.
  5. A short sale
    He closed out his short at a modest loss after three months.
  6. A summary account.
  7. A short sound, syllable, or vowel.
  8. An shorter than normal integers; usually two bytes long.


  1. To cause a short circuit in (something).
  2. Of an electrical circuit, to short circuit.
  3. To shortchange.
  4. To provide with a smaller than agreed or labeled amount.
    This is the third time I've caught them shorting us.
  5. To sell something, especially securities, that one does not own at the moment for delivery at a later date in hopes of profiting from a decline in the price; to sell short.
  6. To shorten.


  1. Having a small distance from one end or edge to another, either horizontally or vertically.
  2. Of comparatively little height.
  3. Having little duration; opposite of long.
    Our meeting was a short six minutes today. Every day for the past month it's been at least twenty minutes long.
  4. Of a word or phrase, constituting an abbreviation (for another) or shortened form (of another).
    “Phone” is short for “telephone” and "asap" short for "as soon as possible".
  5. that bounced relatively far from the batsman.
  6. that is relatively close to the batsman.
  7. Brittle (of pastry, and some metals); see also shortening, shortcrust.
  8. Abrupt; brief; pointed; petulant.
    He gave a short answer to the question.
  9. Limited in quantity; inadequate; insufficient; scanty.
    a short supply of provisions
  10. Insufficiently provided; inadequately supplied; scantily furnished; lacking.
    to be short of money
    The cashier came up short ten dollars on his morning shift.
  11. Deficient; less; not coming up to a measure or standard.
    an account which is short of the truth
  12. Not distant in time; near at hand.
  13. In a financial investment position that is structured to be profitable if the price of the underlying security declines in the future.
    I'm short General Motors because I think their sales are plunging.


  1. abruptly
    They had to stop short to avoid hitting the dog in the street.
  2. unawares
    The recent developments at work caught them short.
  3. briefly
    The boss got a message and cut the meeting short.
  4. curtly
    He cut me short repeatedly in the meeting.
  5. without achieving a goal or requirement
    His speech fell short of what was expected.
  6. of a cricket ball, to bounce relatively far from the batsman so that it bounces higher than normal; opposite of full
  7. With a negative ownership position.
    We went short most finance companies in July.

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