What does shortly mean?

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  1. In a short or brief time or manner; quickly.
  2. In or after a short time; soon.
  3. In few words; briefly; abruptly; curtly
  4. In an irritable ("short") manner.
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The side drum was introduced by Swiss and German mercenaries shortly before 1500 as a military instrument for keeping time on the march.
The order was given to abandon ship, and she broke in two and sank shortly after.
Those who believe that all affairs of state will shortly come to an end are, for obvious reasons, inclined to political quietism.
The agents did acknowledge the letter, saying that they would look into the matter and that they hoped to write again shortly.
I don't know the reason for this one and curiosity will drive me to find out shortly.
The discovery was made by a man walking his dog shortly before 10 am yesterday.

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