1. [syn: crisp, curt, laconic, terse]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Terse \Terse\, a. [Compar. Terser; superl. Tersest.] [L.
tersus, p. p. of tergere to rub or wipe off.]
1. Appearing as if rubbed or wiped off; rubbed; smooth;
Many stones, . . . although terse and smooth, have
not this power attractive. --Sir T.
2. Refined; accomplished; -- said of persons. [R. & Obs.]
"Your polite and terse gallants." --Massinger.
3. Elegantly concise; free of superfluous words; polished to
smoothness; as, terse language; a terse style.
Terse, luminous, and dignified eloquence.
A poet, too, was there, whose verse
Was tender, musical, and terse. --Longfellow.
Syn: Neat; concise; compact.
Usage: Terse, Concise. Terse was defined by Johnson
"cleanly written", i. e., free from blemishes, neat or
smooth. Its present sense is "free from excrescences,"
and hence, compact, with smoothness, grace, or
elegance, as in the following lones of Whitehead:
"In eight terse lines has Phaedrus told
(So frugal were the bards of old)
A tale of goats; and closed with grace,
Plan, moral, all, in that short space."
[1913 Webster] It differs from concise in not
implying, perhaps, quite as much condensation, but
chiefly in the additional idea of "grace or elegance."
[1913 Webster] -- Terse"ly, adv. -- Terse"ness, n.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: brief and to the point; effectively cut short; "a crisp
retort"; "a response so curt as to be almost rude"; "the
laconic reply; `yes'"; "short and terse and easy to
understand" [syn: crisp, curt, laconic, terse]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
106 Moby Thesaurus words for "terse":
Attic, Ciceronian, Spartan, abbreviated, abridged, abrupt,
aphoristic, aposiopestic, axiomatic, bluff, blunt, brief, brusque,
chaste, classic, clear, clear-cut, clipped, close, close-tongued,
closemouthed, compact, compendious, compressed, concentrated,
concise, condensed, contracted, crisp, curt, cut, direct,
distilled, docked, dumb, easy, economical of words, elegant,
elliptic, epigrammatic, finished, formulaic, formulistic, gnomic,
graceful, gracile, gruff, incisive, indisposed to talk, laconic,
lean, limpid, lucid, mum, mute, natural, neat, pellucid,
perspicuous, petulant, pithy, plain, platitudinous, pointed,
polished, precise, proverbial, pruned, pungent, pure, quiet,
refined, reserved, restrained, round, rude, sententious, short,
short and sweet, shortened, silent, simple, snug, sparing of words,
speechless, straightforward, succinct, summary, synopsized,
taciturn, tart, tasteful, taut, tight, tight-lipped, to the point,
tongue-tied, trim, truncated, unaffected, ungracious, unlabored,
unloquacious, untalkative, word-bound, wordless
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):
Language for decryption of hardware logic.
["Hardware Logic Simulation by Compilation", C. Hansen, 25th
ACM/IEEE Design Automation Conf, 1988].