from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Characterized by clear, precise expression in few words; concise and terse: a succinct reply; a succinct style.
- adj. Archaic Encircled as if by a girdle; girded.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. brief and to the point; having characteristics of both brevity and clarity.
- adj. compressed into a tiny area.
- adj. wrapped by, or as if by a girdle; closely fitting, wound or wrapped or drawn up tightly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Girded or tucked up; bound; drawn tightly together.
- adj. Compressed into a narrow compass; brief; concise.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Prawn up, or held up, by or as by a girdle or band; passed through the girdle, as a loose garment the folds of which are so retained; hence, unimpeded.
- Compressed into a small compass, especially into few words; characterized by verbal brevity; short; brief; concise; terse: as, a succinct account of the proceedings of the council.
- In entomology, girdled, as a lepidopterous pupa; having the character of those chrysalids which are supported by a silken thread around the middle. See cut b under Papilionidæ.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. briefly giving the gist of something
Middle English succincte, girt, from Old French, from Latin succīnctus, past participle of succingere, to gird from below : sub-, sub- + cingere, to gird; see kenk- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin succinctus, perfect passive participle of succingō ("gird from below"), from sub + cingō ("gird, wrap, or surround"). (Wiktionary)