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NOUN (2)

1. a document stating the facts and points of law of a client's case;
[syn: brief, legal brief]

2. a condensed written summary or abstract;


VERB (1)

1. give essential information to someone;
- Example: "The reporters were briefed about the President's plan to invade"


ADJECTIVE (3)

1. of short duration or distance;
- Example: "a brief stay in the country"

2. concise and succinct;
- Example: "covered the matter in a brief statement"

3. (of clothing) very short;
- Example: "an abbreviated swimsuit"
- Example: "a brief bikini"
[syn: abbreviated, brief]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Brief \Brief\, adv. 1. Briefly. [Obs. or Poetic] [1913 Webster] Adam, faltering long, thus answered brief. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Soon; quickly. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Brief \Brief\ (br[=e]f), a. [OE. bref, F. brief, bref, fr. L. brevis; akin to Gr. brachy`s short, and perh. to Skr. barh to tear. Cf. Breve.] 1. Short in duration. [1913 Webster] How brief the life of man. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Concise; terse; succinct. [1913 Webster] The brief style is that which expresseth much in little. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] 3. Rife; common; prevalent. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] In brief. See under Brief, n. [1913 Webster] Syn: Short; concise; succinct; summary; compendious; condensed; terse; curt; transitory; short-lived. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Brief \Brief\ (br[=e]f), n. [See Brief, a., and cf. Breve.] 1. A short concise writing or letter; a statement in few words. [1913 Webster] Bear this sealed brief, With winged hastle, to the lord marshal. --Shak. [1913 Webster] And she told me In a sweet, verbal brief. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. An epitome. [1913 Webster] Each woman is a brief of womankind. --Overbury. [1913 Webster] 3. (Law) 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. [1913 Webster] It was not without some reference to it that I perused many a brief. --Sir J. Stephen. [1913 Webster] Note: In England, the brief is prepared by the attorney; in the United States, counsel generally make up their own briefs. [1913 Webster] 4. (Law) A writ; a breve. See Breve, n., 2. [1913 Webster] 5. (Scots Law) 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. [1913 Webster] 6. A letter patent, from proper authority, authorizing a collection or charitable contribution of money in churches, for any public or private purpose. [Eng.] [1913 Webster] 7. pl. a type of men's underpants without legs, fitting tightly and held by an elastic waistband; also called Jockey shorts. [PJC] Apostolical brief, a letter of the pope written on fine parchment in modern characters, subscribed by the secretary of briefs, dated "a die Nativitatis," i. e., "from the day of the Nativity," and sealed with the ring of the fisherman. It differs from a bull, in its parchment, written character, date, and seal. See Bull. Brief of title, an abstract or abridgment of all the deeds and other papers constituting the chain of title to any real estate. In brief, in a few words; in short; briefly. "Open the matter in brief." --Shak. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Brief \Brief\, v. t. To make an abstract or abridgment of; to shorten; as, to brief pleadings. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

brief adj 1: of short duration or distance; "a brief stay in the country" 2: concise and succinct; "covered the matter in a brief statement" 3: (of clothing) very short; "an abbreviated swimsuit"; "a brief bikini" [syn: abbreviated, brief] n 1: a document stating the facts and points of law of a client's case [syn: brief, legal brief] 2: a condensed written summary or abstract v 1: give essential information to someone; "The reporters were briefed about the President's plan to invade"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

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V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (September 2014):

BRIEF Basic Reconfigurable Interactive Editing Facility
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

BRIEF, eccl. law. The name of a kind of papal rescript. Briefs are writings sealed with wax, and differ in this respect from bulls, (q. v.) which are scaled with lead. They are so called, because they usually are short compendious writings. Ayl. Parerg. 132. See Breve.
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

BRIEF, practice. An abridged statement of a party's case. 2. It should contain : 1st. A statement of the names of the parties, and of their residence and occupation, the character in which they sue and are sued, and wherefore they prosecute or resist the action. 2d. An abridgment of all the pleadings. 3d. A regular, chronological, and methodical statement of the facts in plain common language. 4th. A summary of the points or questions in issue, and of the proof which is to support such issues, mentioning specially the names of the witnesses by which the facts are to be proved, or if there be written evidence, an abstract of such evidence. 5th. The personal character of the witnesses should be mentioned; whether the moral character is good or bad, whether they are naturally timid or over-zealous, whether firm or wavering. 6th. If known, the evidence of the opposite party, and such facts as are adapted to oppose, confute, or repel it. Perspicuity and conciseness are the most desirable qualities of a brief, but when the facts are material they cannot be too numerous when the argument is pertinent and weighty, it cannot be too extended. 3. Brief is also used in the sense of breve. (q. v.)