American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A symbol ( ˘ ) placed over a vowel to show that it has a short sound, as the a in bat.
- n. A curved mark used to indicate a short or unstressed syllable of verse.
- n. Music A note equivalent to two whole notes.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music: The third variety of note used by medieval musicians, having one half or one third the value or duration of a long note, or longa: its form was (.b) In modern notation, the longest note used, having double the duration of a semibreve. Its form is either
or . It occurs rarely, since the semibreve or whole note is commonly regarded as the longest note necessary, and as the standard to which all other notes are to be referred.
- n. In law, a writ; a brief.
- n. In writing and printing, a mark (˘) used to indicate that the vowel over which it is placed is short.
- n. In prosody, a short syllable.
- n. [⟨ F. bref, fem, brève, short; from their short tails.] A name sometimes given to the ant-thrushes of the family Pittidæ. Also called brachyure. See Brachyurus, 2.
- To write down; describe.
- To enter in a book; book; brief.
- To tell; say.
- n. orthography A semicircular diacritical mark: 〈˘〉 placed above a vowel.
- n. music, UK A double whole note.
- n. law Any writ or precept under seal, issued out of any court.
- n. printing A curved mark used commonly to indicate the short quantity of a vowel.
- n. zoology The great ant thrush of Sumatra (Pitta gigas), which has a very short tail.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Mus.) A note or character of time, equivalent to two semibreves or four minims. When dotted, it is equal to three semibreves. It was formerly of a square figure (as thus: � ), but is now made oval, with a line perpendicular to the staff on each of its sides; -- formerly much used for choir service.
- n. (Law) Any writ or precept under seal, issued out of any court.
- n. (Print.) A curved mark [˘] used commonly to indicate the short quantity of a vowel.
- n. (Zoöl.) The great ant thrush of Sumatra (Pitta gigas), which has a very short tail.
- n. a diacritical mark (U-shaped) placed over a vowel to indicate a short sound
- From Latin brevis ("short"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, written communication, from Old French, from Medieval Latin, short syllable, from Latin, neuter of brevis, short; see brief. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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