Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a brief manner; concisely; in few words.
  • With little length; shortly: as, in entom., briefly pilose, hairy, or spinous.

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

  • adverb Concisely; in few words.

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

  • adverb manner In a brief manner, summarily.
  • adverb duration For a brief period.
  • adverb speech act To be brief, in short.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adverb in a concise manner; in a few words
  • adverb for a short time

Etymologies

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brief +‎ -ly, perhaps a calque of Old French briement

Examples

  • Dr. Walters examined her expression briefly and then made his diagnosis.

    Under a Maui Moon

  • Dr. Walters examined her expression briefly and then made his diagnosis.

    Under a Maui Moon

  • Dr. Walters examined her expression briefly and then made his diagnosis.

    Under a Maui Moon

  • Dr. Walters examined her expression briefly and then made his diagnosis.

    Under a Maui Moon

  • BLITZER: Let's make the term briefly to the CIA leak.

    CNN Transcript Oct 19, 2005

  • It was then that his name briefly surfaced in connection with the Montreal Expo's official Canadian pavilion, which he designed in collaboration with Toronto colleagues Dick Williams and Colin Vaughan.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • The title briefly stopped its publication berween April and June 2009, due to losses.

    New Statesman

  • The title briefly stopped its publication berween April and June 2009, due to losses.

    New Statesman

  • He showed her the title briefly, and then put the book back down.

    The Overton Window

  • He showed her the title briefly, and then put the book back down.

    The Overton Window

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  • "There's a foreign body in my cheese", said Tom briefly.

    December 8, 2007