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briv, brɛvbreve

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. brevenoun

    a diacritical mark (U-shaped) placed over a vowel to indicate a short sound


  1. brevenoun

    A semicircular diacritical mark: u02D placed above a vowel.

  2. brevenoun

    A double whole note.

  3. Etymology: From brevis.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BREVEnoun

    In musick. A note or character of time, equivalent to two measures or minims. John Harris


  1. Breve

    A breve ( (listen), less often (listen), neuter form of the Latin brevis "short, brief") is the diacritic mark ˘, shaped like the bottom half of a circle. As used in Ancient Greek, it is also called brachy, βραχύ. It resembles the caron (the wedge or háček in Czech, mäkčeň in Slovak) but is rounded, in contrast to the angular tip of the caron. In many forms of Latin, ˘ is used for a shorter, softer variant of a vowel, such as "Ĭ", where the sound is nearly identical to the English /i/. (See: Latin IPA)


  1. breve

    A breve is a diacritical mark shaped like a half-circle, used above a vowel in certain languages to indicate a short or light syllable. It is commonly used in linguistic and phonetic notation. The term is derived from the Latin word brevis, meaning "short." In music, a breve also refers to a note that is held for the longest duration in double whole notes.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Brevenoun

    a note or character of time, equivalent to two semibreves or four minims. When dotted, it is equal to three semibreves. It was formerly of a square figure (as thus: / ), but is now made oval, with a line perpendicular to the staff on each of its sides; -- formerly much used for choir service

  2. Brevenoun

    any writ or precept under seal, issued out of any court

  3. Brevenoun

    a curved mark [/] used commonly to indicate the short quantity of a vowel

  4. Brevenoun

    the great ant thrush of Sumatra (Pitta gigas), which has a very short tail


  1. Breve

    A breve is a diacritical mark ˘, shaped like the bottom half of a circle. It resembles the caron, but is rounded, while the caron has a sharp tip. Compare Ǎ ǎ Ě ě Ǐ ǐ Ǒ ǒ Ǔ ǔ with Ă ă Ĕ ĕ Ĭ ĭ Ŏ ŏ Ŭ ŭ.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Breve

    brēv, n. a pope's letter: the longest note now used in music. [It. breve—L. brevis, short.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of breve in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of breve in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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