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short story

a piece of prose fiction, usually under 10,000 words.
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short-story, adjective Unabridged
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  • The one-act play must have its "dominant incident" and "dominant character" like the short-story.

    One-Act Plays Various
  • Finally the present day dawned and with it what we call the short-story.

    The Short-story William Patterson Atkinson
  • A short-story may occasionally set forth a suspense which is never to be satisfied.

  • Many of her admirers hold that the short-story is her especial forte.

  • Before attempting drama she tried her hand at journalism and at short-story writing.

    Contemporary One-Act Plays Sir James M. Barrie
British Dictionary definitions for short-story

short story

a prose narrative of shorter length than the novel, esp one that concentrates on a single theme
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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