• WordNet 3.6
    • adj concise expressing much in few words "a concise explanation"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Concise Expressing much in a few words; condensed; brief and compacted; -- used of style in writing or speaking. "The concise style, which expresseth not enough, but leaves somewhat to be understood.""Where the author is . . . too brief and concise , amplify a little."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • concise Comprehending much in few words; brief and comprehensive in statement: as, a concise account of an event; a concise argument.
    • concise Synonyms Concise, Succinct, Condensed, Laconic, Summary, Compendious, short, terse, pithy, sententious, compact. The first four imply fullness of meaning as well as great brevity; the next two that the subject is treated by exhibiting only its main heads, and that therefore the treatment is comparatively brief. Concise frequently refers to style, and signifies the expression of much in few words; succinct is generally applied to the matter, the less important things being omitted: thus, a concise style or phrase, but a succinct narrative or account. Condensed relates more to the mode of treatment by which a matter is brought or compressed into a smaller space than it might have occupied. Laconic is applied to expressions which carry conciseness or brevity to an extreme. A summary account gives the principal points in the case; a compendious account is more sure than a summary account to give a complete and sufficient view of the subject.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Concise kon-sīs′ cut short: brief
    • v.t Concise (Milt.) to mutilate
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  • Hosea Ballou
    “Brevity and conciseness are the parents of correction.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “In all pointed sentences, some degree of accuracy must be sacrificed to conciseness.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. concisus, cut off, short, p. p. of concidere, to cut to pieces; con-, + caedere, to cut; perh. akin to scindere, to cleave, and to E. shed, v. t.; cf. F. concis,


In literature:

And it would ill become one who is endeavouring to recommend conciseness, to disfigure that very endeavour by diffuseness.
"Gifts of Genius" by Various
To cut your words too short is to prune away their sense, but to be concise is to be direct.
"On the Sublime" by Longinus
Was the coffee weak and were the waffles cold, and did Monsieur express his opinion of such a breakfast in language more concise than elegant?
"The Spinster Book" by Myrtle Reed
Note the concise introductory sentences.
"Successful Methods of Public Speaking" by Grenville Kleiser
The fine, cool face behind the pistol was concise, grave, and eloquent now as a judge's pronouncing the last sentence of the law.
"Tales of the Chesapeake" by George Alfred Townsend
The arguments used strike me as being so concise and sensible that I think it will not be out of place to reproduce them.
"Animal Ghosts" by Elliott O'Donnell
Here is a concise account of the attack.
"Roumania Past and Present" by James Samuelson
A concise and reliable account of this peculiar man is issued by Messrs. Paternoster and Hales of Hitchin.
"Hertfordshire" by Herbert W Tompkins
Of a similar kind is an ornament which not only represents things, but does so in a lively and concise manner.
"The Training of a Public Speaker" by Grenville Kleiser
The foregoing three letters tell their story plainly and concisely, and need little or no explanation.
"Manhood Perfectly Restored" by Unknown

In poetry:

Can he write a letter concisely clear
Without a speck or a smudge or smear
or BLOT,
The Akond of Swat?
"The Akond of Swat" by Edward Lear
In this concise despotic way
Unhappy Gaphny fell,
Which did all honest men affray,
As truly it might well.
"The Viceroy. A Ballad." by Matthew Prior
But to conclude, and be concise,
Truth must Will's voucher be;
Truth never yet went in disguise,
For naked still is she.
"The Wandering Pilgrim" by Matthew Prior
Once, on a time and in a place
Conducive to malaria,
There lived a member of the race
Of Rana Temporaria;
Or, more concisely still, a frog
Inhabited a certain bog.
"The Arrogant Frog And The Superior Bull" by Guy Wetmore Carryl
Q. What is th' internal part, the pow'r divine,
The grace, that in his Sacrament does lie,
Or thing intended by the bread and wine?
I beg a ready and concise reply.
"The Lord's Prayer" by Rees Prichard

In news:

This concise, lucid history throws a floodlight on the tragic drama unfolding in Yugoslavia .
Sorry to use an exclamation from Accept 's most popular song as a way of describing the power of the band's newest release, but it does concisely sum it up.
Jim Hanson has a concise way of explaining why a county board and an international commission are studying the feasibility of bringing aviation back to a remote corner of Minnesota.
You have the potential to be extremely concise and intense and focused in all you do.
Vice President Joe Biden must be everything President Barack Obama was not: energetic, aggressive and concise.
Wild Earth has a nice, concise wine list, all Italian, curated by the casino 's certified sommelier, Christian Domiano.
The first class , Make Your Resume Work for You, will teach students how to write a clear and concise resume with a balance of marketability and accuracy.
A Concise Guide to Progressive Judaism .
Including convenient Web links to useful information -- is a concise monthly update of some of the things ARRL is doing on behalf of its members.
That means a quick and concise resume is key.
He wrote with a concise clarity that brought the most complex of concepts warmly to life.
The Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama has produced concise thumbnail descriptions of each of the 11 statewide constitutional amendments that will be on the ballot Nov 6.
To write a clear and concise column about career objectives for resumes that will help job seekers land a great new job.
I would like to thank Nick Welsh for his clear and concise report on the Public Library eucalyptus trees.
Called an Asian diner, Pei Wei serves a concise menu of inexpensive Asian cuisine in casual digs.

In science:

Such a supply of charges was dubbed ‘Space Charge Limited Flow’ , or ‘free emission’. A concise but to-the-point account of essential properties of the SCLF models has been presented recently by .
Neutron Stars as Sources of High Energy Particles - the case of RPP
All these notations seem rather cumbersome compared to the concise pair notation.
Bicomplex algebra and function theory
For a more detailed discussion of these two integrators we refer to the concise and clear original publications [17, 18].
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
In this work, we have presented a concise review of our three experiments and a more detailed discussion on them in order to make firm our previous basic conclusions, particularly against the ob jections raised in [7,8].
On the Experimental Incompatibility Between Standard and Bohmian Quantum Mechanics
N is contained in ¯En - see e.g. a concise proof of Schaefer , p.15 (originally formulated for bistochastic matrices).
Random unistochastic matrices