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Definition of Brief

Brief

  1. Short in duration.
  2. Concise; terse; succinct.
  3. Rife; common; prevalent.
  4. Briefly.
  5. Soon; quickly.
  6. A short concise writing or letter; a statement in few words.
  7. An epitome.
  8. 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.
  9. A writ; a breve. See Breve, n., 2.
  10. 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.
  11. A letter patent, from proper authority, authorizing a collection or charitable contribution of money in churches, for any public or private purpose.
  12. To make an abstract or abridgment of; to shorten; as, to brief pleadings.

Brief Quotations

Love is the flower of life, and blossoms unexpectedly and without law, and must be plucked where it is found, and enjoyed for the brief hour of its duration.
D. H. Lawrence

What fascinates me about addiction and obsessive behavior is that people would choose an altered state of consciousness that's toxic and ostensibly destroys most aspects of your normal life, because for a brief moment you feel okay.
Moby

I am a marathon worker and marathon mother. I'll spend three or four days completely swallowed up by work. And if I make it home in time to say good night, I may have one good hour with the girls, maybe a brief family dinner or a family walk with the dog, and then it is back on the computer to prepare for tomorrow's shows.
Mika Brzezinski

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.
Henri Cartier-Bresson

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.
Steve Jobs
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Brief Translations

brief in Afrikaans is kort
brief in Danish is kort
brief in Dutch is kortstondig, kort
brief in German is kurz, Auftrag, instruieren, kurz
brief in Italian is breve
brief in Latin is concisus, brevis
brief in Norwegian is kort
brief in Swedish is kortvarig, kort, kort
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