What does BRIEF mean?

Definitions for BRIEFbrif

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. brief, legal brief(noun)

    a document stating the facts and points of law of a client's case

  2. brief(adj)

    a condensed written summary or abstract

  3. brief(adj)

    of short duration or distance

    "a brief stay in the country"

  4. brief(adj)

    concise and succinct

    "covered the matter in a brief statement"

  5. abbreviated, brief(verb)

    (of clothing) very short

    "an abbreviated swimsuit"; "a brief bikini"

  6. brief(verb)

    give essential information to someone

    "The reporters were briefed about the President's plan to invade"

Wiktionary

  1. brief(Noun)

    An attorney's legal argument in written form for submission to a court.

  2. brief(Noun)

    A short news story or report.

  3. brief(Noun)

    A summary, pru00E9cis or epitome; an abridgement or abstract.

  4. brief(Verb)

    To knowledgeably summarize a recent development to some person with decision-making power.

    The U.S. president was briefed on the military coup and its implications on African stability.

  5. brief(Verb)

    To write a legal argument and submit it to a court.

  6. brief(Adjective)

    Of short duration; happening quickly.

  7. brief(Adjective)

    Concise; taking few words.

  8. brief(Adjective)

    Occupying a small distance, area or spatial extent; short.

  9. Origin: From brief, from brevis. Compare French bref.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Brief(adj)

    short in duration

  2. Brief(adj)

    concise; terse; succinct

  3. Brief(adj)

    rife; common; prevalent

  4. Brief(adverb)

    briefly

  5. Brief(adverb)

    soon; quickly

  6. Brief(adj)

    a short concise writing or letter; a statement in few words

  7. Brief(adj)

    an epitome

  8. Brief(adj)

    an abridgment or concise statement of a client's case, made out for the instruction of counsel in a trial at law. This word is applied also to a statement of the heads or points of a law argument

  9. Brief(adj)

    a writ; a breve. See Breve, n., 2

  10. Brief(noun)

    a writ issuing from the chancery, directed to any judge ordinary, commanding and authorizing that judge to call a jury to inquire into the case, and upon their verdict to pronounce sentence

  11. Brief(noun)

    a letter patent, from proper authority, authorizing a collection or charitable contribution of money in churches, for any public or private purpose

  12. Brief(verb)

    to make an abstract or abridgment of; to shorten; as, to brief pleadings

Freebase

  1. Brief

    A brief is a written legal document used in various legal adversarial systems that is presented to a court arguing why one party to a particular case should prevail. In England and Wales, the phrase refers to the papers given to a barrister when they are instructed.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Brief

    brēf, n. a short account of a client's case for the instruction of counsel: a writ: a short statement of any kind.—adj. short: concise.—adj. Brief′less.—adv. Brief′ly.—n. Brief′ness.—In brief, in few words.—King's briefs, royal mandates ordering collections to be made in chapels for building churches, &c.; Papal brief, such documents as are issued without some of the solemnities proper to bulls.—The brief and the long (Shak.), the short and the long.—To be brief, to speak in a few words; To hold a brief, to be retained as counsel in a case; To take a brief, to undertake a case. [Fr. bref—L. brevis, short.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BRIEF' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2192

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BRIEF' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2470

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BRIEF' in Adjectives Frequency: #277

Anagrams for BRIEF »

  1. fiber, fibre

  2. Fiber

  3. Fibre

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of BRIEF in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of BRIEF in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. David Grayson:

    Life is too brief. I had a friend whom I intended to know better. Yesterday he died.

  2. Microsoft Corp:

    This morning, some of our customers experienced a brief, isolated services interruption which has now been resolved.

  3. Johnny Galecki:

    Hey, just real quick, I'd like to take a brief moment, because Kaley forgot during her speech to thank her husband, Ryan.

  4. Jay Morelock:

    Beside a brief mention about keeping an eye on oil prices, do not expect this inflation report to materially impact today's Fed decision.

  5. William Osler:

    There is no more difficult art to acquire than the art of observation, and for some men it is quite as difficult to record an observation in brief and plain language.

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