• Cicero throws up his Brief, like a Gentleman
    Cicero throws up his Brief, like a Gentleman
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n briefness the attribute of being brief or fleeting
    • n briefness the temporal property of being very short
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 67.5% of men wear briefs instead of boxers.
    • n Briefness brēf"nĕs The quality of being brief; brevity; conciseness in discourse or writing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: 67.5% of men wear briefs.
    • n briefness The state or quality of being brief; shortness; brevity; conciseness in discourse or writing.
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  • George Santayana
    “That fear first created the gods is perhaps as true as anything so brief could be on so great a subject.”
  • Jimmy Connors
    Jimmy Connors
    “Rather than viewing a brief relapse back to inactivity as a failure, treat it as a challenge and try to get back on track as soon as possible.”
  • Thomas A. Edison
    “His genius he was quite content in one brief sentence to define; Of inspiration one percent, of perspiration, ninety nine.”
  • D. H. Lawrence
    “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.”
  • Elizabeth Bowen
    “Pity the selfishness of lovers: it is brief, a forlorn hope; it is impossible.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “All pain is either severe or slight, if slight, it is easily endured; if severe, it will without doubt be brief.”


In literature:

In a moment they were seated at the table, and the brief occurrence was forgotten.
"The River of Darkness" by William Murray Graydon
While he stood hesitating, I took in his appearance by a brief glance.
"The Cryptogram" by William Murray Graydon
A brief hesitation, then the trigger fell.
"The Camp in the Snow" by William Murray Graydon
Meanwhile Gertrude lived out a brief romance.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Those days had seemed months to Bertha, the weariest months of her brief, glad life.
"Fairy Fingers" by Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
The King's letters from Weymouth to Pitt in August-September are few and brief.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
So ended the brief biography, which was elaborated in many articles and interviews.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Two hours before the medevac plane was due to land, Odeon was in one of New Denver Municipal Hospital's briefing rooms.
"The Alembic Plot" by Ann Wilson
Have someone see to that, bring the ship to Condition Yellow, then meet me in Briefing Room One.
"A Matter of Honor" by Ann Wilson
A moment later we saw, in the direction of Mantua, that brief, silent, smokeless red and green flash.
"The Fire People" by Ray Cummings
I hold a brief to-night for my brothers.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
It was in Gray's mind for a brief minute to follow and plead.
"Found in the Philippines" by Charles King
But his mirth was brief.
"Footprints in the Forest" by Edward Sylvester Ellis
Never, during the brief performance, was there a single discord.
"The Intriguers" by William Le Queux
Brief would be the lives of those immortals.
"The Red City" by S. Weir Mitchell
His time for courtship, however, was brief.
"The Student's Life of Washington; Condensed from the Larger Work of Washington Irving" by Washington Irving
But we still haven't put together a briefing package for the president, and State.
"Project Daedalus" by Thomas Hoover
Perhaps I should also add that I'd had a brief "rebound" fling, for what it was worth.
"The Samurai Strategy" by Thomas Hoover
Could he ever dream for one brief moment of such a horrible cruelty?
"John Marchmont's Legacy, Volumes I-III" by Mary E. Braddon
Wyverne's valedictory note to Mrs. Lenox, though kindly and courteous, was brief and decisive enough to satisfy Helen perfectly.
"Barren Honour: A Novel" by George A. Lawrence

In poetry:

And thou, too, whosoe'er thou art,
That readest this brief psalm,
As one by one thy hopes depart,
Be resolute and calm.
"The Red Planet Mars" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
In this world all the flow'rs wither,
The sweet songs of the birds are brief;
I dream of summers that will last
"In This World" by Rene Francois Armand Prudhomme
The junior briefs they kindly let
Two sucking counsel hold;
These learned persons never yet
Had fingered suitors' gold.
"Damon vs. Pythias" by William Schwenck Gilbert
And each with other, sans condition,
Held parley brief or long,
Without provoking rash suspicion
Of marriage or of wrong.
"Two Visions" by Alfred Austin
But time is brief and I must stop,
Do you all understand;
Excell and Steward both were there,
But Sam Jones was the man.
"Sam Jones" by Frank Barbour Coffin
If joys be few, if pains abound,
If balms bring slow relief,
If wounds be sore and nature weak,
Thy earthly life is brief.
"Weep Not" by Leo Alishan

In news:

He's trading his bikini briefs for legal ones.
NEW YORK (CBS/AP) This is one lawsuit that really should be brief.
Robert Burck says Sandy Kane is damaging the brand he built through more than a decade of strumming his guitar wearing only briefs and a cowboy hat.
Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Terry made a brief-but-entertaining appearance Friday afternoon on the Colin Cowherd Show.
The Concord Police caught a stolen vehicle suspect after a brief vehicle pursuit that ended on Clayton Road at Chestnut, near the El Monte Shopping Center.
Sports briefs 19 months ago.
Craver , 71, formerly of Williamsport, died Thursday, Sept 13, 2012, at her home in Troy following a brief illness.
The man accused of being the 'Hilltop Creeper ' made a brief stop in court on Wednesday before being rushed from the room.
The brief was won following a non-competitive pitch overseen by CEO of Criterion Capital, Asif Aziz.
Pat Thomsen, of Caldwell Banker Uptown Realty, left, talks with Elliot Eisenberg, center, and Port of Port Angeles Executive Director Jeff Robb, right, at the Housing Issues Briefing.
A Brief Tour of the Davies' Collection.
During a late arrival Wednesday at Mountain Valley High School, staff watched a brief video called Lori's Day.
The bogus claim that Obama 'skips' half of his intelligence briefings.
After a brief but rancorous debate, a House committee approved a fast-tracked bill that would shift regulatory powers over water, wetlands and mountaintop-mining regulation from US EPA to the states.

In science:

The brief report on the main results of this work is published in ref. 11.
Random Magnetism in $S=1/2$ Heisenberg Chains with Bond Alternation and Randomness on the Strong Bonds
For an arbitrary GNFSTA, we build an equivalent DFSTA whose state set is the set of all subsets of the original GNFSTA’s state set. A brief sketch of this proof is presented in Section 5.4, where the theorem is introduced.
Using Tree Automata and Regular Expressions to Manipulate Hierarchically Structured Data
In the second part, we study the combined system of bosons and fermions, this part is very brief, we state mostly the results.
Large N limit of SO(N) gauge theory of fermions and bosons
Since the basic philosophy was explained in we can be brief and only state our conventions and define our theory.
Large N limit of SO(N) gauge theory of fermions and bosons
Since the bosonic theory is developed in and the fermionic version is explained in detail in the previous sections the construction of the phase space and finding the Hamiltonian will be very brief.
Large N limit of SO(N) gauge theory of fermions and bosons
Since these technical matters are not completely settled we are brief at this point, see also the next section on the geometry.
Large N limit of SO(N) gauge theory of fermions and bosons
Vulikh: A Brief Course in the Theory of Functions of Real Variable, Mir,1976.
Selfsimilar random fractal measure using contraction method in probabilistic metric spaces
In Section 2, a brief description of the CHORUS physics and experimental set-up is given.
MC generators in CHORUS
Finally, we show why decreasing the open pore density of the Vycor glass should allow the reentrant phase to be detected experimentally A brief summary of our paper is as follows.
Bose-Einstein condensation and superfluidity of dilute Bose gas in a random potential
Section II provides an overview of our model and a brief review of the FN, FN-CL, CL techniques which are described in detail and tested in principle in Ref. .
Modeling gravitational radiation from coalescing binary black holes
Some of the priorities in this case are: optimal accuracy for brief simulations in the entire region outside the final horizon, avoidance of boundary noise, and consistency with gauge assumptions applied in interfacing to the “close-limit” phase of the treatment.
Modeling gravitational radiation from coalescing binary black holes
For brief, accurate simulations it is important, and practical to move the boundary far away, causally separating it from the relevant wave-generation region.
Modeling gravitational radiation from coalescing binary black holes
During this brief time vast amounts of energy are released, equivalent to about 2.5-3% of the system’s total mass and ∼ 12% of its angular momentum.
Modeling gravitational radiation from coalescing binary black holes
We give a brief outline of these ideas in Section 7.
Random matrices, non-colliding processes and queues
In Section 7 we close with a brief discussion of the method of proof and of some open ends.
Weak-interaction limits for one-dimensional random polymers