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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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To recapitulate then: -- I would define, in brief, the Poetry of words as The Rhythmical Creation of Beauty.
What could have become of her in the brief interval since I had seen her standing just behind me?
During the brief fight Tarzan had noted the open window and, beyond, the stem of a tree, or a telegraph pole--he could not tell which.
He prescribed one pellet with an unpronounceable name, and left after demanding twenty dollars for his brief visit.
So I, too, scratch the land with my brief endeavour and flash my name across a page of legal script ere I pass and the page grows musty.
I opened the letter rather indifferently, for father, with all his excellent and lovable traits, was but a poor correspondent; his letters were usually very brief and very unimportant.
After a brief narrative of the birth of Hermes, the author goes on to show how he won a place among the gods.
Nothing could have been more naturally introduced, or more delicately managed, than my wife's brief reference to the subject.
Wallace's excellent memoir, some brief extracts from my manuscripts.
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.
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.
In another moment he would be clear of the underbrush and ready for the rapid charge and the quick retreat that would end the brief existence of Teeka's balu.

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