• WordNet 3.6
    • adj summary briefly giving the gist of something "a short and compendious book","a compact style is brief and pithy","succinct comparisons","a summary formulation of a wide-ranging subject"
    • adj summary performed speedily and without formality "a summary execution","summary justice"
    • n summary a brief statement that presents the main points in a concise form "he gave a summary of the conclusions"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Summary A general or comprehensive statement; an abridged account; an abstract, abridgment, or compendium, containing the sum or substance of a fuller account.
    • Summary Formed into a sum; summed up; reduced into a narrow compass, or into few words; short; brief; concise; compendious; as, a summary statement of facts.
    • Summary Hence, rapidly performed; quickly executed; as, a summary process; to take summary vengeance.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • summary Containing the sum or substance only; reduced to few words; short; brief; concise; compendious: as, a summary statement of arguments or objections.
    • summary Rapidly performed; quickly executed; effected by a short way or method; without hesitation, delay, or formality.
    • summary Synonyms Succinct, Condensed, etc. (see concise); synoptical, terse, pithy.
    • summary Prompt, rapid.
    • n summary An abridged or condensed statement or account; an abstract, abridgment, or compendium containing the sum or substance of a fuller statement.
    • n summary In law, a short application to a court or judge, without the formality of a full proceeding. Synonyms Compendium, Abstract, etc. See abridgment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Summary sum′a-ri summed up or condensed: short: brief: compendious: done by a short method
    • n Summary an abstract, abridgment, or compendium
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  • Thomas Carlyle
    “Egotism is the source and summary of all faults and miseries.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. sommaire, or L. summarium,. See Summary (a.)


In literature:

At such a sudden and summary cleavage between families many distressing and pathetic scenes were witnessed.
"Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons" by Henry Charles Mahoney
It gains, I could feel, by this process of liberation, summary as it is.
"The Craft of Fiction" by Percy Lubbock
"A Candid Examination of Theism" by George John Romanes
There has been no great apparent change in the other considerations of our summary.
"Heart and Soul" by Victor Mapes (AKA Maveric Post)
Passing this however for the present, we may mark the above as the most satisfying summary.
"George Bernard Shaw" by Gilbert K. Chesterton
Milner thus gives his summary of the proceedings of this reign at home and abroad.
"Henry of Monmouth, Volume 2" by J. Endell Tyler
The massacre along the boulevards was only a part; it was followed by the summary fusillades, the secret executions.
"Napoleon the Little" by Victor Hugo
The {160} following is a summary of the remarks of Muhammad Al Berkevi on this point.
"The Faith of Islam" by Edward Sell
Is a definite, clear summary of the significant points of the lesson made by the teacher at the close of the period?
"A Guide to Methods and Observation in History" by Calvin Olin Davis
So I made a summary of my points, good and bad.
"The Right Stuff" by Ian Hay

In poetry:

The Moral: There's nothing much glummer
Than children whose talents appall:
One much prefers those who are dumber,
But as for the paragons small,
If a swallow cannot make a summer
It can bring on a summary fall!
"How Little Red Riding Hood Came To Be Eaten" by Guy Wetmore Carryl
The Moral: There's nothing much glummer
Than children whose talents appal.
One much prefers those that are dumber,
And as for the paragons small—
If a swallow cannot make a summer.
It can bring on a summary fall!
"Red Ridinghood" by Guy Wetmore Carryl
Look! They have all come back to speak their
Fifty invisible cattle, the past years
Assume their solemn places one by one.
This is the little minute of their destiny.
Here is their meaning found. Here is their end.
"Elegy For The Monastery Barn" by Thomas Merton

In news:

View this content Executive Summary Flattery—the art of offering pleasing compliments—is one of the oldest and most commonly used of persuasion tactics.
Topic-focused multi-document summarization aims to produce a summary biased to a given topic or user profile.
To help manage the needs of more than 500,000 people, IEHP uses a one-page summary of patients' health records.
Dean, Faculty of Arts & Sciences IN RE: Fall Semester 2013 Student Evaluations Summary.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, speaking at a fundraiser in Las Vegas, released his 2011 tax return and two decades of summary tax information.
The Indiana Farm fatality Summary released Wednesday says the 2011 deaths compared with 23 the previous year.
In October of 2002, a National Security Estimate summary called a President's Summary, was written specifically for George W Bush.
Useful summary of events post-"Wanted and Desired" offers little that hasn't already been examined thoroughly by the world press.
Following are excerpts from the executive summary of the final report released yesterday by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States.
PPS Summaries for SNFs, IRFs Available From APTA.
Here is a summary of earnings reports for selected companies and what they reveal about the industry's prospects.
Here is a summary of coach Mike McCarthy's comments following practice Thursday.
The Fork in the Revolutionary Road Part 2: The Long Shadow of Iran's Summary Executions.
Conditions at Colorado Springs, CO. Colorado Motor Vehicle Repair Act summary.
Agricultural summary for Nov 26.

In science:

In summary, we have identified a new set with a wide range of subsets produced by tuning the degree of randomness only.
Formation of a New Class of Random Fractals in Fragmentation with Mass Loss
The result is included in our summary Theorem 1.1.
Rational polynomials of simple type
In summary, the quasi-spherical approximation scheme allows local definitions of gravitational radiation and its energy.
Gravitational radiation, energy and reaction on quasi-spherical black holes
Unlike paths, summaries can be enumerated in logarithmic space, and we shall explain how one can use the summaries to check if there exists a simple path between the input nodes.
A Trichotomy for Regular Simple Path Queries on Graphs
This gives an NL algorithm to test if a given candidate summary S is the summary of an L-labeled path: we only need to compute a completion and then test if this completion is an L-labeled path.
A Trichotomy for Regular Simple Path Queries on Graphs