• Cicero throws up his Brief, like a Gentleman
    Cicero throws up his Brief, like a Gentleman
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj brief concise and succinct "covered the matter in a brief statement"
    • adj brief (of clothing) very short "an abbreviated swimsuit","a brief bikini"
    • adj brief of short duration or distance "a brief stay in the country"
    • v brief give essential information to someone "The reporters were briefed about the President's plan to invade"
    • n brief a condensed written summary or abstract
    • n brief a document stating the facts and points of law of a client's case
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 67.5% of men wear briefs instead of boxers.
    • Brief A letter patent, from proper authority, authorizing a collection or charitable contribution of money in churches, for any public or private purpose.
    • Brief A short concise writing or letter; a statement in few words. "Bear this sealed brief ,
      With winged hastle, to the lord marshal."
      "And she told me
      In a sweet, verbal brief ."
    • Brief a type of men's underpants without legs, fitting tightly and held by an elastic waistband; also called Jockey shorts.
    • Brief (Scots Law) 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.
    • Brief (Law) A writ; a breve. See Breve n., 2.
    • Brief (Law) 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. "It was not without some reference to it that I perused many a brief ."
    • Brief An epitome. "Each woman is a brief of womankind."
    • Brief Briefly. "Adam, faltering long, thus answered brief ."
    • Brief Concise; terse; succinct. "The brief style is that which expresseth much in little."
    • Brief Rife; common; prevalent.
    • Brief Short in duration. "How brief the life of man."
    • Brief Soon; quickly.
    • v. t Brief To make an abstract or abridgment of; to shorten; as, to brief pleadings.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: 67.5% of men wear briefs.
    • brief Small with respect to length; short.
    • brief Abbreviated; cut or made short: as, the brief skirts of a ballet-dancer. [Humorous.]—
    • brief Short in duration; lasting a short time.
    • brief Short in expression; using few words; concise; succinct.
    • brief Clever; good: as, a brief discourse; “he gae us a very brief sermon,”
    • brief Keen.
    • brief Quick; ready; eager.
    • brief [Appar. a particular use of brief, short (hence quick, active, rife?); but some suppose a confusion with rife.] Common; rife; prevalent: as, I hear smallpox is very brief there.
    • brief In short.
    • brief Synonyms Short-lived, ephemeral, transitory, fleeting.
    • brief Compact, compendious.
    • n brief A short or concise writing; a short statement or account; an epitome.
    • n brief Specifically In law: A formal memorandum in systematic order, but concisely expressed, of the points of law or of fact to be developed or expanded in argument, or to be pursued in the examination of a witness; in English law, more usually an abridged relation of the facts of a litigated case drawn up by the attorney for the instruction of a barrister in conducting proceedings in a court of justice.
    • n brief A writ summoning one to answer to any action; or any precept of the sovereign in writing issuing from any court and ordering something to be done. In Scots law, same as brieve (which see). In England, a letter patent from proper authority authorizing a public collection or charitable contribution of money for any public or private purpose; a license to make collections for repairing churches, making up for losses by fire, etc.: sometimes called a church brief or king's letter.
    • n brief A writing in general; a letter.
    • n brief In music, same as breve
    • n brief The name given to certain official documents emanating from the pope, having a less solemn character than a bull.
    • n brief [Also spelled breif, breef, ⟨ OF. bref, brief, a spell, talisman, ⟨ ML. breve, in pl. brevia, a writing containing magical characters carried as an amulet or talisman: a particular use of L. breve, a writing, as above.] A spell. Burns. [Scotch.] Synonyms Abridgment, Compendium, Compend, etc. See abridgment.
    • brief To abridge; shorten; make a brief of: as, to brief pleadings.
    • brief To furnish with a brief; instruct by a brief.
    • brief In brief; in short; briefly.
    • brief In or after a short time; soon; quickly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: About 2/3 of American men prefer boxers to briefs.
    • n Brief brēf a short account of a client's case for the instruction of counsel: a writ: a short statement of any kind
    • adj Brief short: concise
    • ***


  • Herman Melville
    “There is something wrong about the man who wants help. There is somewhere a deep defect, a want, in brief, a need, a crying need, somewhere about that man.”
  • Jean Rostand
    “Certain brief sentences are peerless in their ability to give one the feeling that nothing remains to be said.”
  • George Santayana
    “That fear first created the gods is perhaps as true as anything so brief could be on so great a subject.”
  • Thomas A. Edison
    “His genius he was quite content in one brief sentence to define; Of inspiration one percent, of perspiration, ninety nine.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “All pain is either severe or slight, if slight, it is easily endured; if severe, it will without doubt be brief.”
  • Source Unknown
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    “Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bref, F. brief, bref, fr. L. brevis,; akin to Gr. brachy`s short, and perh. to Skr. barh, to tear. Cf. Breve


In literature:

Most of the Friends kept to brief, concise Saxon.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
The composition was to him a relaxation, and they were written early in the morning or late at night, or in the intervals of his brief holidays.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
To-day the greeting between the two men was a cordial if a brief one.
"The First Violin" by Jessie Fothergill
But for the brief remnant of my life I shall be selfish and want her always on my side of the ocean.
"The Bondwoman" by Marah Ellis Ryan
There was a brief silence.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various
All this Kit had milled around and around many times in the brief while he had ranged La Partida.
"The Treasure Trail" by Marah Ellis Ryan
Brief and inadequate newspaper accounts are all that remain.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
Next day they stopped for a brief time at North Yakima and Ellensburg and spoke from the rear platform to the crowds awaiting them.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume V"
At the conclusion of the man's brief outline he glanced up.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
The call was brief, and the boat soon resumed its course through the solitude and heat of the mighty river.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking

In poetry:

Brief! minutes pass
Soft as flakes of snow,
Shadows o'er the grass
Could not swifter go.
""To-Days"" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Who gives him his spur?
"I," said his Chief,
Exacting and brief,
"I'll give him the spur."
"The New Knighthood" by Rudyard Kipling
Brief while they last,
Long when they are gone;
They catch from the past
A light to still live on.
""To-Days"" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Thy scanty years
Were mine a little while;
Life had no fears
To trouble thy brief smile
With toil or tears.
"The Dead Child" by Ernest Christopher Dowson
Nothing so fair, nothing so brief:
The sun leaps up and falls.
The wind tosses every leaf:
Every leaf dies.
"Fair And Brief" by John Freeman
Forget night, sea, and desert: take
The gift supreme,
And, of life's brief relenting, make
A deathless dream.
"The Gift Of Life" by Edith Nesbit

In news:

News Briefs from Dec 25 , 2003 North Coast Journal Weekly of Politics, People and Art, Humboldt County, Calif, USA.
A number of briefs have accumulated that are educationally noteworthy, mostly having to do with the frightful decimation of the education budget in Sacramento.
Another 10 sites will be decommissioned by 2013, but the exact schedule has yet to be determined (see AOPA's issue brief).
Red Bank Baptist calls Greer and other faith briefs.
In this post, I will provide a brief overview on deducting losses in the context of pure personal-use property — your home and its contents, autos, boats, trees, landscaping, etc.
A record 17 times last year, Wisconsin's Court of Appeals hit lawyers with $150 "summary sanctions" when judges thought briefs were missing some supporting documentation.
MIDWEEK BRIEFS 1 day 15 hrs ago.
Following an intense, but brief thunderstorm the Pitchfork Music Festival opened their gates about a half hour behind schedule.
Vocal critics of President Obama have accused him of "skipping" daily intelligence briefings throughout his first term of office and in the days leading up to last week's deadly attacks on a US diplomatic outpost in Libya.
They should be crisp and clean, brief and to the point.
Santander hands multi-disciplinary brief to Citigate Dewe Rogerson to step up profile.
Citigate Dewe Rogerson has scooped a prestigious international comms brief with one of the world's largest law firms, following a fiercely contested pitch process.
Clifford Chance hands strategic corporate comms brief to Citigate Dewe Rogerson.
A brief introduction of portable hydraulic test equipment from Webster Instruments, highlighting the benefits of diagnostic test ing.
But, a kill deep to the Murray court by Diagonal 's Elly Brown sparked a brief flurry by the Maroonettes.

In science:

Details about the data reduction procedures are given by Rengelink et al. (1999), and da Costa et al. (1999), and only a brief summary is presented here.
EROs in the EIS Fields. I: The AXAF (Chandra) Deep Field
Our discussion is brief because the theory follows quite closely the two special cases already treated.
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
Aharony, “A brief review of ’little string theories’,” Class.
Open Branes in Space-Time Non-Commutative Little String Theory
We start by giving a brief review on this angle function.
Fractional Supersymmetry through Generalized Anyonic algebra
In the following subsections a brief introduction is given to each approach, followed by a description of the experiments and a brief discussion of the results.
Meta-Learning for Phonemic Annotation of Corpora