American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The quality or state of being brief in duration.
- n. Concise expression; terseness.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Shortness; especially, surprising or excessive curtailment of the thing spoken of: as, the brevity of human life. Specifically
- n. Shortness in speech or writing; conciseness; condensation into few words.
- n. Synonyms Compression, terseness, pithiness, succinctness, condensation, sententiousness, curtness.
- n. uncountable The quality of being brief in duration.
- n. uncountable Succinctness; conciseness.
- n. rare, countable A short piece of writing.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Shortness of duration; briefness of time.
- n. Contraction into few words; conciseness.
- n. the use of brief expressions
- n. the attribute of being brief or fleeting
- First attested in English in 1509; either: (Wiktionary)
- Latin brevitās, from brevis, short; see brief. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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