[ noun ] the property of being an amount by which something is less than expected or required
Used in print(John R. Sargent, "Where To Aim Your Planning for Bigger...)
There is a shortage of salesmen today .(The Rev. John A. O'Brien, "Let's Take Birth Control...)
This means that such factors as the health of the parents , particularly the mother , their ability to provide their children with the necessities of life , the degree of population density of a country and the shortage of housing facilities may legitimately be taken into consideration in determining the number of offspring .(Randall Stewart, "A Little History, a Little Honesty: A...)
Was it supposed , perchance , that A_+_M ( vocational_training , that_is ) was quite sufficient for the immigrant_class which flooded that part of the New_England world in the post Civil_War period , the immigrants having been brought_in from Southern Europe , to work in the mills , to make_up for the labor shortage caused by migration to the West ?(Doris Miles Disney, Mrs. Meeker's Money....)
No discrepancies or shortages had ever been found .
[ noun ] a severe shortage (especially a shortage of food)
Used in print(John Harnsberger and Robert P. Wilkins,...)
It was from the American outposts that Red_River shortages of livestock were to be made good .(Statements 87th Congress, 1st Session. Appropriations,...)
In_view_of the increasing shortage of usable surface and ground_water in many parts of the Nation and the importance of finding new sources of supply to meet its present and future water needs , it is the policy of the Congress to provide_for the development of practicable low-cost means for the large-scale production of water of a quality suitable for municipal , industrial , agricultural , and other beneficial consumptive uses from saline water , and for studies and research related thereto .