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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

The flame of anger, bright and brief, sharpens the barb of love.
Walter Savage Landor

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

Once you do embark upon the separation or divorce process, it is very important to remember three key things: Be kind, be reasonable, be brief. Remember that this person will no longer be your spouse, but he or she will continue to be your co-parent, family member, and perhaps business partner in certain assets or entities.
Laura Wasser

I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty.
Edgar Allan Poe

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
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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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