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  • n. The characteristic of being brief.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being brief; brevity; conciseness in discourse or writing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being brief; shortness; brevity; conciseness in discourse or writing.

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

  • n. the attribute of being brief or fleeting
  • n. the temporal property of being very short


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  • Here is a summary of the Sunday Round 17 games, please excuse the "briefness" of the resumes as I have just got in.

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  • Lightly indeed his flesh sat upon his soul, and his soul, in its briefness of clarity, knew by its very clarity that the black of cessation was near.


  • But the briefness of that window is the primary reason they were doomed.

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  • And might well have drowned in this drink of men -- I who had never known a mother's breast in the briefness of time I had lived -- had it not been for Lingaard.

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  • The men holding the hatch-cover seemed perplexed, puzzled no doubt by the briefness of the ceremony.

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  • It was nervous, tingling work, for as surely as I sensed his intention of briefness, just as surely had he sensed mine.

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  • The problem with my post's briefness on that is that I really did not go into the semantics of the issue - you cover a lot of it, but perhaps due to the brevity of my post, some things were not communicated clearly (or at all).

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  • At a time like this, we all are reminded of the briefness of life and the importance of being ready for our eternal destination.

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  • Currently most large internet systems are written in Java, which is not exactly famous for its briefness.

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  • And so, in the human City, they have turned away from the vast and eternal beauty of the Wild Magic to a simpler, more immediate, more selfish magic better suited to the briefness of their lives.

    Tran Siberian


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