from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Brevity of speech; conciseness.
- n. A shortened or condensed phrase or expression.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. concise speech; laconism
- n. Any of several forms of omission of words, including the omission of an understood part of a phrase, as, the omission of "good" from "(good) morning!" (brachyology).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Conciseness of expression; brevity.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In rhetoric and grammar, brevity of diction; a concise or abridged form of expression; especially, non-repetition or omission of a word when its repetition or use would be necessary to complete the grammatical construction: as, I do not think so now, but I have (thought so); this is as good (as) or better than that.
A similar brachylogy at _EP_ I iv 31 'iunctior Haemonia est _Ponto_ quam Roma