Let's suppose you go to Ikea to buy a wardrobe, but you have to make sure it fits in your room.
You find two that are really nice and since you like them so much you decide to buy both of them.
So you measure their length, width and height (just to be sure they fit in your room).
For the width you have no problem: They could be thicker or narrower and would still fit.
However the first wardrobe length is not good. It's too long so you write in comments: Please provide a shorter one.
The second wardrobe length is good but its height is not. This one is too tall so you write in comments: Please provide a shorter one.
Wardrobe A is too large so it must be shorter.
Wardrobe B is too tall so it must be shorter.
Because shorter has two meanings you end up receiving both wardrobes with incorrect sizes.
Now the question:
Is there a pair of words for length and height that avoid using the same word to mean less magnitude?