A plant that flowers only after being exposed to light periods shorter than a certain critical length, as in early spring or fall. Chrysanthemums and strawberries are short-day plants. Compare day-neutral plant, long-day plant. See more at photoperiodism.
noun, Mathematics. 1. division, especially by a one-digit divisor, in which the steps of the process are performed mentally and are not written down. short division noun 1. the division of numbers, usually integers, that can be worked out mentally rather than on paper
- Short-eared owl
[shawrt-eerd] /ˈʃɔrtˌɪərd/ noun 1. a streaked, buffy brown, cosmopolitan owl, Asio flammeus, having very short tufts of feathers on each side of the head.
- Short elevator muscle of rib
short elevator muscle of rib n. Any of the muscles that arise from the transverse processes of the last cervical vertebra and the eleven thoracic vertebrae and are inserted into the next rib below.
verb (used with object) 1. to make short or shorter. 2. to reduce, decrease, take in, etc.: to shorten sail. 3. to make (pastry, bread, etc.) short, as with butter or other fat. 4. Sports. choke (def 8). verb (used without object) 5. to become short or shorter. 6. (of odds) to decrease. verb 1. […]