from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A deficiency in amount; an insufficiency.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a lack or deficiency
- n. not enough, not sufficient
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Amount or extent of deficiency, as determined by some requirement or standard.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A deficit; deficiency; the amount by which anything is short.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the property of being an amount by which something is less than expected or required
- n. an acute insufficiency
At traditional Korean eateries, such as the Shinseol ox bone soup restaurant near Seoul City Hall, owner Cheon Hyeon Sook says the shortage is affecting business.
It was a premise, but not one that had to be true because, after all, a shortage is a shortage and the problems were going to turn up some day.
The labour shortage is a big problem in Alberta where the tar sands projects are attracting skilled and non-skilled workers with extremely high salaries.
To suggest that there will be a shortage is a self fulfilling prophesy, if others believe you.
Regents said they had no choice but to approve the increase, given what they called a shortage of resources to pay for higher education.
I think the "shortage" is actually more of just a price increase.
But while Japan's deadly earthquake sent shock waves through the world economy, a long-term shortage of Japanese cars is unlikely.
The labor shortage is especially acute in “specialty crops” like fruits, nuts and vegetables.
So instead the labor shortage is increasing pressure on U.S. growers to move production offshore.
In spite of a nationwide coin shortage at the time, and with plans for the Kennedy coin well along, the Treasury Department did not want to issue 1964-dated Franklin half dollars.