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[Brief]

Something brief is short and to the point. If you make a brief visit, you don't stay long. If you make a brief statement, you use few words. If you wear brief shorts, you are showing a little too much leg.

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Short in duration.

Noun
a condensed written summary or abstract

Noun
a document stating the facts and points of law of a client''s case

Verb
give essential information to someone; "The reporters were briefed about the President''s plan to invade"

Adjective S.
concise and succinct; "covered the matter in a brief statement"

Adjective S.
(of clothing) very short; "an abbreviated swimsuit"; "a brief bikini"

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Adjective S.
of short duration or distance; "a brief stay in the country"; "in a little while"; "it''s a little way away"


a.
Short in duration.

a.
Concise; terse; succinct.

a.
Rife; common; prevalent.

adv.
Briefly.

adv.
Soon; quickly.

a.
A short concise writing or letter; a statement in few words.

a.
An epitome.

a.
An abridgment or concise statement of a client's case, made out for the instruction of counsel in a trial at law. This word is applied also to a statement of the heads or points of a law argument.

a.
A writ; a breve. See Breve, n., 2.

n.
A writ issuing from the chancery, directed to any judge ordinary, commanding and authorizing that judge to call a jury to inquire into the case, and upon their verdict to pronounce sentence.

n.
A letter patent, from proper authority, authorizing a collection or charitable contribution of money in churches, for any public or private purpose.

v. t.
To make an abstract or abridgment of; to shorten; as, to brief pleadings.


Brief

Brief , a. [OE. bref, F. brief, bref, fr. L. brevis; akin to Gr. short, and perh. to Skr. barh to tear. Cf. Breve.] 1. Short in duration.
How brief the life of man.
2. Concise; terse; succinct.
The brief style is that which expresseth much in little.
3. Rife; common; prevalent. [Prov. Eng.] In brief. See under Brief, n. Syn. -- Short; concise; succinct; summary; compendious; condensed; terse; curt; transistory; short-lived.

Brief

Brief, adv. 1. Briefly. [Obs. or Poetic]
Adam, faltering long, thus answered brief.
2. Soon; quickly. [Obs.] Shak.

Brief

Brief , n. [See Brief, a., and cf. Breve.] 1. A short concise writing or letter; a statement in few words.
Bear this sealed brief, With winged hastle, to the lord marshal.
And she told me In a sweet, verbal brief.
2. An epitome.
Each woman is a brief of womankind.
3. (Law) An abridgment or concise statement of a client's case, made out for the instruction of counsel in a trial at law. This word is applied also to a statement of the heads or points of a law argument.
It was not without some reference to it that I perused many a brief.
&hand; In England, the brief is prepared by the attorney; in the United States, counsel generally make up their own briefs. 4. (Law) A writ; a breve. See Breve, n., 2. 5. (Scots Law) A writ issuing from the chancery, directed to any judge ordinary, commanding and authorizing that judge to call a jury to inquire into the case, and upon their verdict to pronounce sentence. 6. A letter patent, from proper authority, authorizing a collection or charitable contribution of money in churches, for any public or private purpose. [Eng.] Apostolical brief, a letter of the pope written on fine parchment in modern characters, subscribed by the secretary of briefs, dated "a die Nativitatis," i. e., "from the day of the Nativity," and sealed with the ring of the fisherman. It differs from a bull, in its parchment, written character, date, and seal. See Bull. -- Brief of title, an abstract or abridgment of all the deeds and other papers constituting the chain of title to any real estate. -- In brief, in a few words; in short; briefly. "Open the matter in brief." Shak.

Brief

Brief, v. t. To make an abstract or abridgment of; to shorten; as, to brief pleadings.

Short in duration.

Briefly.

A short concise writing or letter; a statement in few words.

To make an abstract or abridgment of; to shorten; as, to brief pleadings.

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Usage Examples

The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box.

There is no more difficult art to acquire than the art of observation, and for some men it is quite as difficult to record an observation in brief and plain language.

There is a brief moment when all there is in a man's mind and soul and spirit is reflected through his eyes, his hands, his attitude. This is the moment to record.

Favor comes because for a brief moment in the great space of human change and progress some general human purpose finds in him a satisfactory embodiment.

In our brief national history we have shot four of our presidents, worried five of them to death, impeached one and hounded another out of office. And when all else fails, we hold an election and assassinate their character.

Rather than viewing a brief relapse back to inactivity as a failure, treat it as a challenge and try to get back on track as soon as possible.

From too much love of living, From hope and fear set free, We thank with brief thanksgiving Whatever gods may be That no life lives for ever That dead men rise up never That even the weariest river Winds somewhere safe to sea.

Misspelled Form

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Other Usage Examples

That fear first created the gods is perhaps as true as anything so brief could be on so great a subject.

Great minds are related to the brief span of time during which they live as great buildings are to a little square in which they stand: you cannot see them in all their magnitude because you are standing too close to them.

Nevertheless, whether in occurrences lasting days, hours or mere minutes at a time, I have experienced happiness often, and have had brief encounters with it in my later years, even in old age.

No country in the history of the world has ever contributed more to humankind and accomplished more for its people in so brief a period of time as Israel has done since its relatively recent rebirth in 1948.

There's a weird cloud around you when you're recognizable. It was a brief window for me. I think you have to have a pathological need for attention of any type, negative or positive, to thrive in that kind of situation. And I only want compliments.

So on May 1, 1987, at Gary's invitation, I agreed to see him one last time - to confront him face-to-face about his sincerity and with the intention of ending our brief relationship.

I'm sorry, it's true. Having children really changes your view on these things. We're born, we live for a brief instant, and we die. It's been happening for a long time. Technology is not changing it much - if at all.

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