from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Characterized by clear, precise expression in few words; concise and terse.
  • adjective Archaic Encircled as if by a girdle; girded.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Prawn up, or held up, by or as by a girdle or band; passed through the girdle, as a loose garment the folds of which are so retained; hence, unimpeded.
  • Compressed into a small compass, especially into few words; characterized by verbal brevity; short; brief; concise; terse: as, a succinct account of the proceedings of the council.
  • In entomology, girdled, as a lepidopterous pupa; having the character of those chrysalids which are supported by a silken thread around the middle. See cut b under Papilionidæ.

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

  • adjective Girded or tucked up; bound; drawn tightly together.
  • adjective Compressed into a narrow compass; brief; concise.

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

  • adjective brief and to the point; having characteristics of both brevity and clarity.
  • adjective compressed into a tiny area.
  • adjective archaic wrapped by, or as if by a girdle; closely fitting, wound or wrapped or drawn up tightly.

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

  • adjective briefly giving the gist of something


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English succincte, girt, from Old French, from Latin succīnctus, past participle of succingere, to gird from below : sub-, sub- + cingere, to gird; see kenk- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin succinctus, perfect passive participle of succingō ("gird from below"), from sub + cingō ("gird, wrap, or surround").


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