brief


brief
brief [brēf]
adj.
[ME < OFr bref < L brevis < IE base * mreĝhu-, short > MERRY, Gr brachys]
1. of short duration or extent
2. short in length
3. using relatively few words; concise
4. curt or abrupt
n.
[ME bref < OFr < LL breve < L, neut. of brevis: see BRIEF adj.]
1. a summary or abstract
2. a concise statement of the main points of a law case, usually filed by counsel for the information of the court
3. Chiefly Brit. a set of instructions for the participants in some project, investigation, etc., indicating the scope of their responsibilities: often used figuratively
4. R.C.Ch. a papal letter less formal than a bull
5. [pl.]
a) closefitting, legless undershorts
b) women's panties that cover the body from the waist to the leg
vt.
1. to make a summary of
2. to supply with all the pertinent instructions or information [to brief pilots before a flight]
3. Brit.
a) to furnish with a legal brief
b) to hire as counsel
SYN.- ABRIDGMENT
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hold a brief for
to argue for or be in favor of
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in brief
in short; in a few words
briefly
adv.
briefness
n.
SYN.- BRIEF and SHORT are opposites of long in their application to duration [a brief or short interval ], although BRIEF often emphasizes compactness, conciseness, etc. [a brief review ] and SHORT often implies incompleteness or curtailment [a short measure, to make short work of it ]; SHORT is usually used where linear extent is referred to [a short man ] –ANT. LONG1

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