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 for terse
From 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;
        polished. [Obs.]
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              Many stones, . . . although terse and smooth, have
              not this power attractive.            --Sir T.
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     2. Refined; accomplished; -- said of persons. [R. & Obs.]
        "Your polite and terse gallants." --Massinger.
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     3. Elegantly concise; free of superfluous words; polished to
        smoothness; as, terse language; a terse style.
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              Terse, luminous, and dignified eloquence.
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              A poet, too, was there, whose verse
              Was tender, musical, and terse.       --Longfellow.
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     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: 
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                  "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.
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From 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]

From 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

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

     Language for decryption of hardware logic.
     ["Hardware Logic Simulation by Compilation", C. Hansen, 25th
     ACM/IEEE Design Automation Conf, 1988].

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