Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To abridge. Sherwood. See abbreviate.
  • noun A short compend; a brief statement; a summary.
  • noun A lawyer's brief.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A short compend; a summary; a brief statement.
  • noun rare A lawyer's brief.
  • transitive verb obsolete To abbreviate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A short account, brief statement; a summary, abridgement or precis
  • noun A brief missive or dispatch; a note.
  • noun A lawyer's brief.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin breviātus, perfect passive participle of breviō ("shorten, abridge").

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