from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Brief and to the point; effectively concise: a terse one-word answer.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Polished, burnished; smooth; fine, neat, spruce.
- adj. Brief, concise, to the point.
- adj. Abruptly or brusquely short.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Appearing as if rubbed or wiped off; rubbed; smooth; polished.
- adj. Refined; accomplished; -- said of persons.
- adj. Elegantly concise; free of superfluous words; polished to smoothness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Wiped; rubbed; appearing as if wiped or rubbed; smooth.
- Refined; accomplished; polished: said of persons.
- Free from superfluity; neatly or elegantly compact or concise; neat; concise.
- n. See terce.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. brief and to the point; effectively cut short
Latin tersus, past participle of tergēre, to cleanse.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the year 1599, from French ters ("clean"), from Latin tersus ("cleansed; neat, spruce"), perfect passive participle of tergō ("I rub, wipe, cleanse"). (Wiktionary)