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Noun: shortage  shor-tij
  1. The amount by which something is less than expected or required
    "new blood vessels bud out from the already dilated vascular bed to make up the nutritional shortage";
    - deficit, shortfall
  2. An acute insufficiency
    - dearth, famine

Derived forms: shortages

Type of: deficiency, inadequacy, insufficiency, lack, want

Encyclopedia: Shortage