briefness


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Idioms, Encyclopedia.
Related to briefness: briefly

brief

 (brēf)
adj. brief·er, brief·est
1. Short in time, duration, length, or extent.
2. Succinct; concise: a brief account of the incident.
3. Curt; abrupt: We were upset because he was so brief with us.
n.
1. A short, succinct statement.
2. A condensation or an abstract of a larger document or series of documents.
3. Law A document concisely stating the legal points being made, including often the citation and explanation of supporting legal authority.
4. Roman Catholic Church A papal letter that is not as formal as a bull.
5. A briefing.
6. often briefs Short, tight-fitting underpants.
7. briefs Chiefly British The instructions that are given to explain a task or assignment.
tr.v. briefed, brief·ing, briefs
1. To give instructions or preparatory information to: briefed the astronauts before the mission.
2. To summarize.
Idiom:
in brief
In short.

[Middle English bref, from Old French, from Latin brevis. N., Middle English bref, written communication, from Old French, from Medieval Latin breve, from Latin, neuter of brevis, short; see mregh-u- in Indo-European roots.]

brief′er n.
brief′ly adv.
brief′ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.briefness - the temporal property of being very short
shortness - the property of being of short temporal extent; "the shortness of air travel time"
2.briefness - the attribute of being brief or fleetingbriefness - the attribute of being brief or fleeting
length, duration - continuance in time; "the ceremony was of short duration"; "he complained about the length of time required"
Translations

briefness

[ˈbriːfnɪs] Nbrevedad f

briefness

[ˈbriːfnɪs] nbrièveté f

briefness

nKürze f

briefness

[ˈbriːfnɪs] nbrevità
References in classic literature ?
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.
The men holding the hatch-cover seemed perplexed, puzzled no doubt by the briefness of the ceremony.
At this moment for Coleridge the sonnet is intimately internalized, almost an organic part of ourselves: "Easily remembered from their briefness .
However, it could also be described as a reduction in duration of oral closure (and failure to cease voicing because of the briefness of the closure), leading to the characteristic flap articulation.
A week of Vancouver later, feeling the creep of routine, a day-to-day sameness you'd do anything to quit, John realized the only likable existence, for him, involved transformation, that briefness between conditions.
The fruits spilling out of the mouth of the horn are such poems as "To Woody Woodpecker" and "Chocolate Milk," quick odes, whose briefness and utter availability is in proportion to their subjects.
What the women seemed to object to was not the briefness of the encounter but the fact that the man did not seem to appreciate her.
Due to the briefness of the history for the utterances (and hence its pseudodocument), they replace the history pseudodocument by a more representative one, extracted from its semantic vicinity.