In brief
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. [1913 Webster]

How brief the life of man. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Concise; terse; succinct. [1913 Webster]

The brief style is that which expresseth much in little. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]

3. Rife; common; prevalent. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]

{In brief}. See under {Brief}, n. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Short; concise; succinct; summary; compendious; condensed; terse; curt; transitory; short-lived. [1913 Webster]


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