American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Presenting the substance in a condensed form; concise: a summary review.
- adj. Performed speedily and without ceremony: summary justice; a summary rejection.
- n. A presentation of the substance of a body of material in a condensed form or by reducing it to its main points; an abstract.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Containing the sum or substance only; reduced to few words; short; brief; concise; compendious: as, a summary statement of arguments or objections.
- Rapidly performed; quickly executed; effected by a short way or method; without hesitation, delay, or formality.
- Synonyms Succinct, Condensed, etc. (see concise); synoptical, terse, pithy.
- Prompt, rapid.
- n. An abridged or condensed statement or account; an abstract, abridgment, or compendium containing the sum or substance of a fuller statement.
- n. In law, a short application to a court or judge, without the formality of a full proceeding. Synonyms Compendium, Abstract, etc. See
- adj. Concise, brief or presented in a condensed form
- adj. Performed speedily and without formal ceremony.
- adj. law Performed by cutting the procedures of a normal trial.
- n. An abstract or a condensed presentation of the substance of a body of material.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Formed into a sum; summed up; reduced into a narrow compass, or into few words; short; brief; concise; compendious.
- adj. Hence, rapidly performed; quickly executed.
- n. A general or comprehensive statement; an abridged account; an abstract, abridgment, or compendium, containing the sum or substance of a fuller account.
- adj. briefly giving the gist of something
- n. a brief statement that presents the main points in a concise form
- adj. performed speedily and without formality
- (Adjective) From Medieval Latin summarius, from Latin summa. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Medieval Latin summārius, of or concerning the sum, from Latin summa, sum; see sum1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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