• WordNet 3.6
    • n terseness a neatly short and concise expressive style
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n terseness The state or property of being terse; neatness of style; compactness; conciseness; brevity.
    • n terseness Shortness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Terseness conciseness, brevity
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. tersustergēre, tersum, to rub clean.


In literature:

Consequently his demand for further enlightenment came with terse directness.
"The Lighted Match" by Charles Neville Buck
The moment he saw the terse message, he knew something had gone wrong with the contract.
"Star Surgeon" by Alan Nourse
Perhaps because it was so terse; perhaps because it was so characteristic.
"The Circular Study" by Anna Katharine Green
No one can overlook its frequent tumidity and constant want of terseness.
"Gibbon" by James Cotter Morison
Alfieri's Italian style marches with dignity and Latin terseness.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
To be perfect, expression must be luminous yet terse, vigorous, yet in taste and keeping.
"Platform Monologues" by T. G. Tucker
Casting a baleful glance at Jane, Marian complied with the terse invitation.
"Jane Allen: Right Guard" by Edith Bancroft
She recalled the doctor's terse description of that journey.
"The Cow Puncher" by Robert J. C. Stead
Her words ring with a strange terseness and earnestness as she here pens her spiritual testament.
"Santa Teresa an Appreciation: with some of the best passages of the Saint's Writings" by Alexander Whyte
Just a few terse lines.
"North of Fifty-Three" by Bertrand W. Sinclair

In poetry:

Fair Alice! shed thy radiance more,
And charm us with thy verse;
So dulcet, so harmonious,
So graceful, sweet, and terse.
"Tribute" by Eloise Alberta Bibb
Under my skin lives a captive animal
That wildly moves and bites his way outside,
His dark blood throbs, his terse muscles
Tremble in such cramped bondage.
"The Dancer" by Martinus Nijhoff
And then depart, where the incessant storm
Shepherds the planets like a drunken nurse.
It does not need an everlasting form
To dignify an ecstasy so terse.
"The Golden Corpse" by Stephen Vincent Benet
A bard of merit also notice claims,
Who wrote in numbers "musical and terse,"
Translating, (to immortalize his name),
Lucan 's "Pharsalia" into English verse.
"Enigma XXX." by Elizabeth Hitchener
The Wind and the Trees fell to talking together;
And nothing they said was didactic or terse;
But everything spoken was told in unbroken
And a beautiful rhyming and rhythmical verse.
"Old Rhythm And Rhyme" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Mr. Dooddle called his Caucus .... And he put it to them tersely:
"Gentlemen, it now behoves us, seeing all the votes we've got,
To be very, very careful lest we're criticised adversely.
Never mind the Red-haired voters; we have got them in the pot.
"Git-Yer-Gun" by C J Dennis

In news:

Looking for a night of highly explosive drama, ear-marked by terse, intense Pulitzer-prize winning dialogue, dense characterizations and high-brow philosophical musings.
New York Life Insurance is using terse sayings to praise the virtues of buying life insurance.
Though Glück has held national fame since the late 1970s for her terse, pared-down poems, this first career-spanning collected may be the most widely noted, and the most praised, collected poems in some time.
Some are written in a terse, broken staccato.
Charlotte terse about Lee family settlement.
Prosecutors offer terse response to monumental failure: 'The jury has spoken.
Terse and Testy, and That's Just the Postgame Interview.
Terse Titus Young most likely has worn out his welcome with Lions.
IOWA CITY — Fran McCaffery's terse words said all that needed to be said.
"Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns ," the organization said in a terse, two-sentence statement.
CAVE CREEK – During Monday night's Call to the Public, Gary Kiernan (r) took to the podium with some terse words for the town.
Sam Fuller's first and greatest war film (1951) is even better in its terse and minimalist power than the restored version of The Big Red One.
Hemingway 's prose is said to be terse and rough, but I think he's gentle, because he's simple.
The hard fought, tersely tight 2012 presidential election looks more and more like a contest that could end with one candidate winning the popular vote while the other wins the electoral vote.
So there I was, sitting at home on my computer, minding my own business, when I got a terse email from my brother-in-law.

In science:

This is necessarily tentative because the paper [BF] is not yet available; we are relying on the terse description given in [BL3].
Family Gromov-Witten Invariants for Kahler Surfaces
This work was generalized throughout the years, and a terse geometric proof, and some consequences are presented by Edelman and Kostlan, .
The zeros of Gaussian random holomorphic functions on $\C^n$, and hole probability
XML is not terse and, therefore, somewhat human-legible (see Figure 1 for XML example of astronomical data).
ARCHANGEL Galaxy Photometry System
Foreign language interfaces for Prolog: A terse survey.
A Prolog-based Environment for Reasoning about Programming Languages (Extended abstract)
The developers’ present view is that supporting a terse notation for two or three very common cases that include obtaining a potential from a charge distribution as well as removing some longitudinal part of a tensor field most likely covers a large part of all relevant applications.
Continuum multi-physics modeling with scripting languages: the Nsim simulation compiler prototype for classical field theory