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 for shortage
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Shortage \Short"age\, n.
     Amount or extent of deficiency, as determined by some
     requirement or standard; as, a shortage in money accounts.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the property of being an 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
           deficit" [syn: deficit, shortage, shortfall]
      2: an acute insufficiency [syn: dearth, famine, shortage]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  71 Moby Thesaurus words for "shortage":
     absence, adulteration, arrear, arrearage, arrears, beggary, break,
     curtailment, dearth, decline, defalcation, default, defect,
     defectibility, defectiveness, deficiency, deficit, delinquency,
     deprivation, destitution, discontinuity, drought, erroneousness,
     failure, fallibility, falling short, famine, faultiness, gap,
     hiatus, immaturity, impairment, imperfection, impoverishment,
     impurity, inaccuracy, inadequacy, inadequateness, incompleteness,
     inexactitude, inexactness, inferiority, insufficiency, interval,
     lack, lacuna, mediocrity, missing link, need, omission, outage,
     patchiness, paucity, pinch, scantiness, scarcity, short measure,
     shortcoming, shortfall, sketchiness, slump, starvation, tightness,
     ullage, underage, undevelopment, unevenness, unperfectedness,
     unsoundness, want, wantage

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