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Definition of Breve


  1. A note or character of time, equivalent to two semibreves or four minims. When dotted, it is equal to three semibreves. It was formerly of a square figure (as thus: / ), but is now made oval, with a line perpendicular to the staff on each of its sides; -- formerly much used for choir service.
  2. Any writ or precept under seal, issued out of any court.
  3. A curved mark [/] used commonly to indicate the short quantity of a vowel.
  4. The great ant thrush of Sumatra (Pitta gigas), which has a very short tail.