• WordNet 3.6
    • n curtness an abrupt discourteous manner
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Curtness The quality of bing curt.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n curtness Shortness; conciseness; tart abruptness, as of manner.
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In literature:

The planter nodded curtly.
"The Prodigal Judge" by Vaughan Kester
His reasons curtly put forward might have been so stated.
"The Way We Live Now" by Anthony Trollope
At last, however, he left with a curt nod to her.
"Constance Dunlap" by Arthur B. Reeve
The old humiliation of her plea, rewarded by curt denial.
"Sister Carrie" by Theodore Dreiser
He answered in a queer, curt way that his wife and children were being looked after.
"The Paradise Mystery" by J. S. Fletcher
Comyn acknowledged it with a curt nod.
"Richard Carvel, Complete" by Winston Churchill
The other nodded curtly.
"The Masquerader" by Katherine Cecil Thurston
With a curt "Come," he took her hand, whispering, "Hermon is joyously expecting your visit.
"Arachne, Complete" by Georg Ebers
Charles cut this speech short, and curtly requested her to take under her charge, in his royal sister's place, a young lady of a noble family.
"Barbara Blomberg, Complete" by Georg Ebers
She curtly answered in the negative.
"The Fat and the Thin" by Emile Zola

In poetry:

Thei went into the way these zemen bothe
As curtes men and hende,
Thei spyrred tithyngus at the munke,
As thei hade bene his frende.
"Robin Hood And The Monk" by Andrew Lang
His look, his air, his curt speech, told
The man of action, not of books,
To whom the corners made in gold
And stocks were more than seaside nooks.
"A Sea Dream" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Then the army, elsewhere bent,
Struck its tents as if disbanding,
Only not the Emperor's tent,
For he ordered, ere he went,
Very curtly, "Leave it standing!"
"The Emperor's Bird's-Nest. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Men in the rough--curt of speech to their fellows--
Ready in everything, save to deceive;
Theirs are the friendships that time only mellows,
And death cannot sever the bonds that they weave.
"Men in the Rough" by Arthur Chapman
"By the way," said the mate, "did you ever hear
Of old Rochon, the buccaneer,
Who used to sail the southern seas,
With his rendezvous in the Florida keys?"
"Perchance I have," was the curt reply,
With a savage gleam from the old man's eye.
"Old Rochon" by Maurice Thompson
But the "breeding" is in bullocks that they prize upon Toolangi.
Where the forelock-touching habit hasn't grown to any size.
And he found, as on he plodded, and the natives curtly nodded,
That their "culture's" agriculture at Toolangi on the rise.
"Toolangi" by C J Dennis

In news:

Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling says he poured much of his personal fortune into his Providence video game company — and that apparently included a stash of gold coins.
Late in the day Curt Hudson, director of contract audits for Tennessee Valley Authority, testified.
EPA Region 1 administrator Curt Spalding.
Published November 6, 2012 By CURT ANDERSON.
Associated Press writers Jay Reeves in Orange Beach, Ala. Jessica Gresko in Pensacola, Fla. And Curt Anderson and Kelli Kennedy in Miami contributed to this report.
Bank sues Curt Schilling for $2.4 million.
Curt Miller leaves BGSU for Indiana.
0Bowling Green State University women's basketball head coach Curt Miller has accepted the same position at Inidiana University.
Curt Hawkins News Archive from WWE Bragging Rights.
Rep Curt Hanson announces re-election.
0State Representative Curt Hanson, D-Fairfield, announced Tuesday that he will seek re-election to the Iowa House of Representatives in 2010.
All Photos Tagged ' Curt ' BLADE magazine is the World's Number One Knife Publication.
Curt Miller leaves BGSU for Indiana .
Superior Court Judge Warren "Curt" Stracener will face Joe Hoffman in the fall.
Rhode Island's Economic Development Corp. Board has met on possible litigation related to the state's $75 million loan guarantee to former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's failed video game company.

In science:

For GR17 these were chaired by Curt Cutler (AEI, Golm) and Petros Florides (Trinity College Dublin) respectively.
Matters of Gravity, the newsletter of the Topical Group in Gravitation of the American Physical Society
Figure 3: This image was generated using the program lim, which was created by Curt McMullen.
Volumes in Hyperbolic Space
This characterization of decision schemes is therefore a frequentist statement (about the Bayesian statistic O), but one that this Bayesian author finds very reasonable. 3 I thank Curt Cutler for pointing out that this is true also for the PN-coefficient tests.
Testing general relativity with gravitational waves: a reality check
I am grateful to Walter Del Pozzo, Marc Favata, Ilya Mandel, Chris Messenger, Reinhard Prix, and (especially) Curt Cutler, Nico Yunes, and the anonymous PRD referee for useful discussions and suggestions.
Testing general relativity with gravitational waves: a reality check
The work has been implemented in a modified version of the Curt architecture.
Generating models for temporal representations