What does the term “short sale” mean when buying a forclosed house?


The house is in foreclosure and has been auctioned off for 25 thousand but the owner has 6 months to sell the home for more? He offered it to me for 35 thousand and is calling it a “short sale” Has anyone ever heard of that? I’ve never bought a home before so ANY advice would be appreciated.
I don’t understand how it was “sold” in auction and he now has the opportunity to sell it in a “short sale”. When an auction has taken place doesn’t that mean its over, he no longer has the option to sell.

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