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brief

(bref) [Fr. bref fr L. brevis, short, brief, a catalogue]
1. A condensed legal argument in legal format and style.
2. A written or spoken summary of an important or complex topic; an abstract.
3. To make a written or spoken summary of.
4. To conduct a short session of instruction or preparation for a person, crew, or staff on how to accomplish an upcoming operation.
See: debrief
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Well, 45 years later I've got my own candidate in the brevity stakes.
Rather, the purpose of brevity words ("slanguage") is to communicate precise tactical information/instructions with a single word via a common, agreed-upon vocabulary.
Of course, if brevity were the sole virtue of lawmaking, legislators would never go to Salem at all.
It's a tidy package, but its brevity allows for only a taste of each subject.
This seven-song EP of quiet personal dramas, the kind that should make Springsteen sit up and take notice, has one fault: brevity.
Expanding on his canine aversion, Roy recalled with a brevity that would impress an old time telegram operator: 'Dog gulped down gerbil.
They perform their function of introducing their subjects acceptably, but, in part because of their brevity, are often limited.
Brevity doesn't always equal clarity, especially since the author has a fondness for cliches.
This may help explain the brevity of my stay in show business.
Unfortunately, for the sake of brevity, some large steps in the development of equations and/or their application were taken, making some parts of the text difficult to follow for the uninitiated.
More accessible through their subject-matter and relative brevity are treatises on Prayer and Martyrdom.
Nevertheless, the uniqueness of the subject, missions and the brevity of the book make it an interesting read.