Short span of time synonym

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How to use short time in a sentence

It ended on a complaint that she was 'tired rather and spending my time at full length on a deck-chair in the garden.'


The vision—it had been an instantaneous flash after all and nothing more—had left his mind completely for the time.


About this time the famous Philippine painter, Juan Luna (vide p. 195), was released after six monthsʼ imprisonment as a suspect.


Now, it immediately occurred to Davy that he had never in his whole life had all the plums he wanted at any one time.


Arches more graceful in form, or better fitted to defy the assaults of time, I have never seen.


In treble, second and fourth, the first change is a dodge behind; and the second time the treble leads, there's a double Bob.


Several pioneers familiar with the facts of the tragedy at the time of its occurrence were also present.


On to Gaba Tepe just in time to see the opening, the climax and the end of the dreaded Turkish counter attack.


He noticed at the same time several burnt matches between his cushions and her chair.



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short span of time synonym | English Thesaurus




1  abridged, brief, clipped, compendious, compressed, concise, curtailed, laconic, pithy, sententious, succinct, summary, terse  

2  diminutive, dumpy, fubsy    (archaic or dialect)  knee high to a gnat, knee high to a grasshopper, little, low, petite, small, squat, wee  

3  brief, fleeting, momentary, short-lived, short-term  

4    (often with)     of  deficient, inadequate, insufficient, lacking, limited, low (on), meagre, poor, scant, scanty, scarce, short-handed, slender, slim, sparse, strapped (for)    (slang)  tight, wanting  

5  abrupt, blunt, brusque, crusty, curt, discourteous, gruff, impolite, offhand, sharp, terse, testy, uncivil  

6  direct, straight  

7    (of pastry)  brittle, crisp, crumbly, friable  

8  abruptly, by surprise, suddenly, unaware, without warning  

9  cut short    abbreviate, arrest, butt in, curtail, cut in on, dock, halt, interrupt, nip (something) in the bud, reduce, stop, terminate  

10  fall short    be inadequate, disappoint, fail, fall down on    (informal)  not come up to expectations or scratch    (informal)  

11  in short    briefly, in a nutshell, in a word, in essence, to come to the point, to cut a long story short, to put it briefly  

12  short of:    

a  apart from, except, other than, unless  

b  deficient in, in need of, lacking, low (on), missing, wanting  
,     adj  

1  diffuse, lengthy, long, long-drawn-out, long-winded, prolonged, rambling, unabridged, verbose, wordy  

2  big, high, lanky, lofty, tall  

3  extended, long, long-term  

4  abundant, adequate, ample, bountiful, copious, inexhaustible, plentiful, sufficient, well-stocked  

5  civil, courteous, polite  

8  bit by bit, gently, gradually, little by little, slowly  

cut short    
abort, break off, bring to an end, check, dock, halt, interrupt, leave unfinished, postpone, pull the plug on, stop, terminate, truncate  

fall short    
be deficient, be lacking, be wanting, fail, miss, prove inadequate  

brief, ephemeral, fleeting, impermanent, passing, short, temporary, transient, transitory  


1  blind as a bat, myopic, near-sighted  

2  careless, ill-advised, ill-considered, impolitic, impractical, improvident, imprudent, injudicious, seeing no further than (the end of) one's nose, unthinking  

below strength, short-handed, undermanned, understaffed  

choleric, fiery, hot-tempered, impatient, irascible, peppery, quick-tempered, ratty    (Brit. & N.Z. informal)  testy, touchy  

  • take a nap  exp. sleep for a short period of time, have a light sleep
  • earworm  n. a sound (usually a song, jingle) that one hears mentally for a certain period of time
  • comradery  n. Mutual trust and friendship among people spending a lot of time together. Another term for camaraderie.

    Ex: That teamsport is an ideal pastime for the young people, an opportunity to socialise and make new friends in a strong spirit of comradery

  • cobweb site  n. a website that did not undergo any change for a long period of time
  • live in each other's pocket  exp. if people live in each other's pocket, they spend a lot of time together
  • guy time  n. When men have quality time together, and do "guy" things.

    related to bro-mance

  • a turn  n. a short performance
  • buzz cut  n. very short haircut
  • ZT  o. Zone Time

    [initialism]. Warning: ZT is not Zulu Time (former US military name for UTC)

  • a bumpy ride  exp. a difficult time
  • TBT  abbr. acron. Short for "Throwback Thursday".

    It has become a central part of the Internet’s lexicon and is used everywhere when somebody posts an old picture of themselves.

  • PAW  abbr. acron. Short for "parents are watching"

    Used by kids as a warning that an adult is around and so they aren't free to talk.

  • get the short end of the stick  exp. be negatively impacted by a situation, event.

    E.g.: The building is being renovated, but for the moment people living there get the short end of the stick.

  • have a bumpy ride  v. have a ​difficult ​time
  • have a ball  exp. have a great time; enjoy oneself
  • BTW  abbr. acron. Short for "by the way".
  • ILY  abbr. acron. Short for "I love you".
  • scooch  v. move a short distance, especially while seated


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[ ih-fem-er-uhl ]

/ ɪˈfɛm ər əl /


lasting a very short time; short-lived; transitory: the ephemeral joys of childhood.

lasting but one day: an ephemeral flower.

being of temporary value or passing interest: ephemeral news clips about forgotten but overhyped crises.


anything short-lived, as certain insects.



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Origin of ephemeral

First recorded in 1570–80; from Greek ephḗmer(os) “short-lived, lasting but a day,” equivalent to ep-, variant of the preposition and prefix epí, epi- “on; over; near; before” + hēmér(a) “day” + -os adjective suffix + -al adjective suffix; see ep-, -al1




Words nearby ephemeral

ephebus, ephedra, ephedrine, ephelis, ephemera, ephemeral, ephemerality, ephemerid, ephemeris, ephemeris second, ephemeris time Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Words related to ephemeral

short-lived, fleeting, transitory, short, temporary, brief, fugitive, transient, volatile, episodic, evanescent, flitting, impermanent, fugacious, unenduring

How to use ephemeral in a sentence

  • For RVers, this stretch of canyon country is a perfect winter journey thanks to the smaller crowds and ephemeral views of dazzling snow on red sandstone.

    The best winter road trips for RVs, from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to the Florida Keys|Heather Balogh Rochfort|October 29, 2020|Washington Post

  • Following an all too predictable cycle of the hyperactive 21st century, focus on the explosion was ephemeral.

    Deepwater Horizon: Life Drowning in Oil|Samuel Fragoso|November 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • Whatever his approval ratings, the Russian leader knows how ephemeral they can be.

    Putin’s Patriotism is Phony, His Desperation is Real|Andrew Nagorski|April 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • Most news articles were just as ephemeral, but it has become harder to pretend.

    Richard Ben Cramer Dies at 62|Justin Green|January 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST

  • It may all be ephemeral, because most of politics is ephemeral, a cynical means to the end of getting elected.

    Buzz Bissinger: Why I’m Voting for Mitt Romney|Buzz Bissinger|October 8, 2012|DAILY BEAST

  • But as stimulus goes, the I-stimulus strikes me as a pretty narcissistic and ephemeral one.

    The Annoying iPhone 5 Frenzy: Don’t Believe the Economic Stimulus Hype|Daniel Gross|September 24, 2012|DAILY BEAST

  • Do not suppose that I mean to recommend poor music, or feeble, ephemeral compositions.

    The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness|Florence Hartley

  • The Widow Lawton ornamented her kitchen floor in a manner as ephemeral, though less expensive.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 101, March, 1866|Various

  • Another ephemeral paper, L'Italia del Popolo, was launched on its short career.

    The Life of Mazzini|Bolton King

  • They were, no doubt, chiefly of a pantomimic and ephemeral kind.

    Art in England|Dutton Cook

  • But like all dunghill products, the life of these was ephemeral.

    Four Years in Rebel Capitals|T. C. DeLeon

British Dictionary definitions for ephemeral


lasting for only a short time; transitory; short-livedephemeral pleasure


a short-lived organism, such as the mayfly

a plant that completes its life cycle in less than one year, usually less than six months

Derived forms of ephemeral

ephemerally, adverbephemeralityorephemeralness, noun

Word Origin for ephemeral

C16: from Greek ephēmeros lasting only a day, from hēmera day

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IELTS T1 (academic) vocab: alternatives to increase, decrease

On her thin neck and crawls in front of me on frayed knees. I would love to play your games as a sub, but I'm sorry, I can't, I'm used to commanding and I'm not used to being ordered over. Let me out, I have not violated anything, I have a plane to Moscow in the morning.

Synonym time short of span

I was amazed looking at how a homeless woman walking along the path of the park, looked into the trash cans standing next to the benches and pulled out empty bottles. And jars of beer from them. But why should she collect bottles when I gave her five thousand rubles yesterday.

With that kind of money, there would be no need for a girl to collect beer bottles and cans. I was perplexed going to meet her, but not along the path but behind the bushes so as not to frighten the girl ahead of time.

Sometimes VS Some time VS Sometime –What’s the difference? - English speaking Lesson

It makes more sense to just earn extra money when the opportunity arises. I brought several girls into prostitution. Am I ashamed of this. In general, no.

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I took her hand and began with her fingers, palm to drive along the trunk, on the head, along the scrotum. What delicate skin. Her palm my hand was already on her panties, I felt the juices coming out of it. my head was spinning and I began to go down to her precious flower. she lay still, closing her eyes and wanting to continue.

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