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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.
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briefs

(briːfs)
pl n
(Clothing & Fashion) men's underpants or women's pants without legs
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.briefs - short tight-fitting underpants (trade name Jockey shorts)briefs - short tight-fitting underpants (trade name Jockey shorts)
underpants - an undergarment that covers the body from the waist no further than to the thighs; usually worn next to the skin
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
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briefs

plural noun knickers, pants, underpants, undies, panties, broekies (S. African) (informal), smalls A bra and a pair of briefs lay on the floor.
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Translations
سِرْوَالٌ دَاخِلِيّلِباس تَحْتاني قَصير
slipykalhotky
underbuksertrusser
alushousut
gaćice
buxur
ブリーフ
브리프
trosor
กางเกงใน
quần lót

briefs

[ˈbriːfs] nplslip m
a pair of briefs → un slip
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briefs

plSlip m; a pair of briefsein Slip
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briefs

[briːfs] npl (man's) → slip m inv, mutande fpl; (woman's) → slip m inv, mutandine fpl
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

brief

(briːf) adjective
not long; short. a brief visit; a brief account.
noun
a short statement of facts (especially in a lawsuit, of a client's case). a lawyer's brief.
verb
to give detailed instructions to (especially a barrister, group of soldiers etc). The astronauts were briefed before the space mission.
ˈbriefing noun
instructions and information. The pilots were given a briefing before they left.
ˈbriefly adverb
He told me briefly what he knew.
briefs noun plural
(used especially in shops) women's pants or men's underpants. a pair of briefs.
brevity (ˈbrevəti) noun
shortness (of speech, writing, time etc). He is well known for the brevity of his speeches.
ˈbriefcase noun
a light case for papers, made of leather etc. a businessman's briefcase.
in brief
in a few words. In brief, we have been successful.
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briefs

سِرْوَالٌ دَاخِلِيّ slipy underbukser Slip σλιπ bragas, interiores alushousut slip gaćice slip ブリーフ 브리프 onderbroek underbukse majtki cueca трусы trosor กางเกงใน külot quần lót 短内裤
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References in classic literature ?
Experience has suggested the brief introductory statement of main literary principles, too often taken for granted by teachers, with much resulting haziness in the student's mind.
I envy you your beauty and your perfume." The Rose replied, "I indeed, dear Amaranth, flourish but for a brief season!
A HURLED-BACK Allegation, which, after a brief rest, had again started forth upon its mission of mischief, met an Ink-stand in mid-air.
About Anna," Stepan Arkadyevitch said, pausing for a brief space, and shaking off the unpleasant impression.
For a brief, sickening moment Tarzan felt the slipping of the rope to which he clung, and heard the scraping of the block of stone against the masonry above.
As soon as the merry meal and a brief interval of repose were over, it was unanimously voted to have some charades.
During that time she never appeared at church, and I never went near the house: I only knew she was still there by her brother's brief answers to my many and varied inquiries respecting her.
"I," said his Chief, Exacting and brief, "I'll give him the spur."
How strange!--a mere bullet- stroke and a brief unconsciousness should not make one a physical wreck.
Nothing could have been more naturally introduced, or more delicately managed, than my wife's brief reference to the subject.
Underneath the elms we parted, By the lowly cottage door; One brief word alone was uttered Never on our lips before; And away I walked forlornly, Broken-hearted evermore.
Starting from a brief standing sleep, I was horribly conscious of something fatally wrong.