Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In a brief manner; concisely; in few words.
- With little length; shortly: as, in entom., briefly pilose, hairy, or spinous.
- adv. manner In a brief manner, summarily.
- adv. duration For a brief period.
- adv. speech act To be brief, in short.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adv. Concisely; in few words.
- adv. in a concise manner; in a few words
- adv. for a short time
- brief + -ly, perhaps a calque of Old French briement (Wiktionary)
“Dr. Walters examined her expression briefly and then made his diagnosis.”
“BLITZER: Let's make the term briefly to the CIA leak.”
“It was then that his name briefly surfaced in connection with the Montreal Expo's official Canadian pavilion, which he designed in collaboration with Toronto colleagues Dick Williams and Colin Vaughan.”
“The title briefly stopped its publication berween April and June 2009, due to losses.”
“He showed her the title briefly, and then put the book back down.”
“I want to return again briefly to how the traditional distinction of liquidity and insolvency in a crisis applies to sovereign states such as Greece.”
“This, briefly, is what we have been saying to each other.”
“We are provided here with an opportunity to perhaps again briefly consider the ciborium in relation the history of the Christian altar.”
“We also need more of the aforementioned papayas, bananas, melons and pineapples, and perhaps some other fruity surprise that has arrived because it delightfully, and briefly, is in season.”
“What was revealed in the 2001 recession briefly is now being revealed on a terrific scale and scope.”
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