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Definition of brief (Meaning of brief)
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Brief Brief, v. t.
	     To make an abstract or abridgment of; to shorten; as, to
	     brief pleadings.
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	  Brief Brief (br[=e]f), a. [OE. bref, F. brief, bref, fr. L.
	     brevis; akin to Gr. brachy`s short, and perh. to Skr. barh to
	     tear. Cf. {Breve}.]
	     1. Short in duration.
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	              How brief the life of man.            --Shak.
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	     2. Concise; terse; succinct.
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	              The brief style is that which expresseth much in
	              little.                               --B. Jonson.
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	     3. Rife; common; prevalent. [Prov. Eng.]
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	     {In brief}. See under {Brief}, n.
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	     Syn: Short; concise; succinct; summary; compendious;
	          condensed; terse; curt; transitory; short-lived.
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	  Brief Brief, adv.
	     1. Briefly. [Obs. or Poetic]
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	              Adam, faltering long, thus answered brief. --Milton.
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	     2. Soon; quickly. [Obs.] --Shak.
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	  Brief Brief (br[=e]f), n. [See {Brief}, a., and cf. {Breve}.]
	     1. A short concise writing or letter; a statement in few
	        words.
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	              Bear this sealed brief,
	              With winged hastle, to the lord marshal. --Shak.
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	              And she told me
	              In a sweet, verbal brief.             --Shak.
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	     2. An epitome.
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	              Each woman is a brief of womankind.   --Overbury.
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	     3. (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.
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	              It was not without some reference to it that I
	              perused many a brief.                 --Sir J.
	                                                    Stephen.
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	     Note: In England, the brief is prepared by the attorney; in
	           the United States, counsel generally make up their own
	           briefs.
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	     4. (Law) A writ; a breve. See {Breve}, n., 2.
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	     5. (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.
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	     6. A letter patent, from proper authority, authorizing a
	        collection or charitable contribution of money in
	        churches, for any public or private purpose. [Eng.]
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	     7. pl. a type of men's underpants without legs, fitting
	        tightly and held by an elastic waistband; also called
	        {Jockey shorts}.
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	     {Apostolical brief}, a letter of the pope written on fine
	        parchment in modern characters, subscribed by the
	        secretary of briefs, dated ``a die Nativitatis,'' i. e.,
	        ``from the day of the Nativity,'' and sealed with the ring
	        of the fisherman. It differs from a bull, in its
	        parchment, written character, date, and seal. See {Bull}.
	
	
	     {Brief of title}, an abstract or abridgment of all the deeds
	        and other papers constituting the chain of title to any
	        real estate.
	
	     {In brief}, in a few words; in short; briefly. ``Open the
	        matter in brief.'' --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
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