short interest

noun Finance.
the total amount by which a single seller or all sellers are short in a particular stock or commodity or in the market as a whole.
Also called short account, short position.

1885–90, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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