from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Brief and to the point; effectively concise: a terse one-word answer.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Polished, burnished; smooth; fine, neat, spruce.
- adj. Brief, concise, to the point.
- adj. Abruptly or brusquely short.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Appearing as if rubbed or wiped off; rubbed; smooth; polished.
- adj. Refined; accomplished; -- said of persons.
- adj. Elegantly concise; free of superfluous words; polished to smoothness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Wiped; rubbed; appearing as if wiped or rubbed; smooth.
- Refined; accomplished; polished: said of persons.
- Free from superfluity; neatly or elegantly compact or concise; neat; concise.
- n. See terce.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. brief and to the point; effectively cut short
Ms. Diallo's lawyers received what one of them called a "terse" letter Friday inviting her to meet with prosecutors at 3 p.m. to discuss what will happen in court Tuesday.
The one that was bolded and written in terse sentence fractions, of course, is not.
And terse is right your elitist definition of success ignore many middle and lower class successful individuals.
Hence, even when I tell the truth, my speech patterns are pretty set in this way and I speak in short, terse responses and evasive answers.
Many people can fully promote their articles in short, terse, one-sentence descriptions.
Told in terse sentences that can read like stanzas of poetry ... this brief but powerful book is unforgettable.
Being terse is not a sign of being a better communicator, but it is often a sign of not having any original thoughts …
His tidings were given slowly in short, terse sentences.
Back home in Glassboro a week later, Bob Thomas called the airport manager and left her what he calls a terse message.
The study notification arrived Friday in what some family members call a terse form letter from the city telling them their loved one's voice had been identified in the 911 system.