• WordNet 3.6
    • n breve a diacritical mark (U-shaped) placed over a vowel to indicate a short sound
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Breve (Print) A curved mark [˘] used commonly to indicate the short quantity of a vowel.
    • Breve (Mus) 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, but is now made oval, with a line perpendicular to the staff on each of its sides; -- formerly much used for choir service.
    • Breve (Law) Any writ or precept under seal, issued out of any court.
    • Breve (Zoöl) The great ant thrush of Sumatra (Pitta gigas), which has a very short tail.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n breve In music: The third variety of note used by medieval musicians, having one half or one third the value or duration of a long note, or longa: its form was (.b) In modern notation, the longest note used, having double the duration of a semibreve. Its form is either or . It occurs rarely, since the semibreve or whole note is commonly regarded as the longest note necessary, and as the standard to which all other notes are to be referred.
    • n breve In law, a writ; a brief.
    • n breve In writing and printing, a mark (˘) used to indicate that the vowel over which it is placed is short.
    • n breve In prosody, a short syllable.
    • n breve [⟨ F. bref, fem, brève, short; from their short tails.] A name sometimes given to the ant-thrushes of the family Pittidæ. Also called brachyure. See Brachyurus, 2.
    • breve To write down; describe.
    • breve To enter in a book; book; brief.
    • breve To tell; say.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Breve brēv a pope's letter: the longest note now used in music.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. & (in sense 2) LL. breve, fr. L. brevis, short. See Brief
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
It. breve—L. brevis, short.


In literature:

And lastly by means of his breve he exchanged thoughts with her in silence.
"A Voyage to Arcturus" by David Lindsay
L'histoire en est breve.
"The Works of Edgar Allan Poe Volume 4 (of 5) of the Raven Edition" by Edgar Allan Poe
Corpore breves prudentiores quum coaretata sit anima.
"The Anatomy of Melancholy" by Democritus Junior
Associated Words: diacritical marks, macron, breve, diaeresis, orthoepic, orthoepist, cacoepy.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
Relations des Voyages de M. de Breves, tant en Grece, Terre Sainte.
"Robert Kerr's General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 18" by William Stevenson
Breve fra Henrik Ibsen til teaterchef Schroder.
"Henrik Ibsen" by Ina Ten Eyck Firkins
Et visu cito subtrahenda nostro, Breves deliciae, dolorque longus!
"The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor" by Samuel James Arnold
Rispose: dicerolti molto breve.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine -- Volume 57, No. 351, January 1845" by Various
Per breve de privato sigillo et de praedicta aucthoritate Parliamenti.
"A History of Giggleswick School" by Edward Allen Bell
Fundamenta Botanica, quae majorum operum prodromi instar, theoriam scientiae botanicae per breves aphorismos tradunt.
"Lives of Eminent Zoologists, from Aristotle to Linnæus" by William MacGillivray

In poetry:

?Y alli, desnudo de la humana forma,
Alli, los lazos terrenales rotos,
Breves horas habita de la idea
El mundo silencioso?
"Rimas LXXV" by Gustavo Adolfo Becquer
Quand'io ti strappo, o breve cartolina,
Sento una stretta al cuore;
Sento la giovinezza che declina;
Penso che l'uomo tutti i giorni muore!
"A Un Calendario Americano" by Ferdinando Fontana
Sure you were wishful to speak?
You, with brow ruled like a score,
Yes, and eyes buried in pits on each cheek,
Like two great breves, as they wrote them of yore,
Each side that bar, your straight beak!
"Master Hugues Of Saxe-Gotha" by Robert Browning

In news:

Philharmonic shines with 'La Vida Breve '.
Items Tagged with 'Coco Breve '.
Little Meg's Opera Breve Interview.
The world premiere of Jose Antonio's "Vida Breve" drew on both the new and the old.
Native tenor returning for Opera Breve concert.
Quinteto Latino plays Mario Lavisto Cinco Danzas Breves 100 Years of Mexican Music for Wind Quintet Con Brio.
Former Wichitan Lenora Eve brings her New York, NY staff to Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas for the Inaugural Opera Breve Vocal Institute, July 24 through August 7th, 2011.
Opera Breve gives lessons in voice, theater.

In science:

Tras un breve repaso del Modelo Est´andar, en el Cap´ıtulo 1 veremos c´omo se pueden construir t´erminos de masa para los neutrinos.
Study of accelerator neutrino interactions in a liquid argon TPC
When a negative voltage is applied on the left electrode, the space-charge layer developing is one completely depleted of anions, ˘c− = 0 (denoting variables by a breve accent), while the cation concentration is nonzero, ˘c+ > 0, but small.
Strongly nonlinear dynamics of electrolytes in large ac voltages
El Cap´ıtulo 2 es una breve introducci´on a las Redes Complejas y a la Neurociencia Computacional.
Interplay between Network Topology and Dynamics in Neural Systems