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 for Brief
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Brief \Brief\, adv.
     1. Briefly. [Obs. or Poetic]
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              Adam, faltering long, thus answered brief. --Milton.
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     2. Soon; quickly. [Obs.] --Shak.
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From 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.
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              How brief the life of man.            --Shak.
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     2. Concise; terse; succinct.
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              The brief style is that which expresseth much in
              little.                               --B. Jonson.
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     3. Rife; common; prevalent. [Prov. Eng.]
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     In brief. See under Brief, n.
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     Syn: Short; concise; succinct; summary; compendious;
          condensed; terse; curt; transitory; short-lived.
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From 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
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              Bear this sealed brief,
              With winged hastle, to the lord marshal. --Shak.
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              And she told me
              In a sweet, verbal brief.             --Shak.
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     2. An epitome.
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              Each woman is a brief of womankind.   --Overbury.
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     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.
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              It was not without some reference to it that I
              perused many a brief.                 --Sir J.
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     Note: In England, the brief is prepared by the attorney; in
           the United States, counsel generally make up their own
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     4. (Law) A writ; a breve. See Breve, n., 2.
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     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.
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     6. A letter patent, from proper authority, authorizing a
        collection or charitable contribution of money in
        churches, for any public or private purpose. [Eng.]
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     7. pl. a type of men's underpants without legs, fitting
        tightly and held by an elastic waistband; also called
        Jockey shorts.
     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.
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From 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.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: of short duration or distance; "a brief stay in the
      2: concise and succinct; "covered the matter in a brief
      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"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  227 Moby Thesaurus words for "brief":
     Spartan, abbreviated, abbreviation, abbreviature, abrege, abridge,
     abridged, abridgment, abrupt, abstract, account, account rendered,
     accounting, acquaint, acta, advertise, advertise of, advise,
     advocate, airmanship, annual, aposiopestic, apprise, bespeak,
     block in, block out, blunt, book, breviary, briefing, briefly,
     bring word, brisk, brusque, bulletin, capsule, capsulize,
     census report, chalk out, clipped, close, close-tongued,
     closemouthed, coach, cometary, communicate, compact, compend,
     compendious, compendium, compressed, concise, concisely,
     condensation, condense, condensed, condensed version, confer,
     conspectus, consult with, contracted, counsel, crisp, crusty, curt,
     curtailed, curtal, curtate, cut, debrief, decurtate, delineate,
     digest, direct, disclose, docked, draft, dumb, economical of words,
     election returns, elliptic, employ, engage, enlighten, ephemeral,
     epigrammatic, epitome, evanescent, explain, extract, familiarize,
     fill in, flashing, fleet, fleeting, flickering, flight plan,
     flying lessons, fugitive, give a briefing, give directions,
     give notice, give the facts, give word, gnomic, gruff, guide, head,
     hire, in brief, in sum, in summary, indisposed to talk, inform,
     instantaneous, instruct, kibitz, laconic, leave word, let know,
     line, little, low, meddle, mention to, meteoric, minutes,
     momentary, mum, mute, notify, nutshell, outline, overview, pandect,
     passing, pilot training, pilotship, pithy, pointed, precis,
     preengage, prescribe, proceedings, propose, pruned, quick, quiet,
     recommend, recruit, report, reserve, reserved, resume, retain,
     returns, review, rough, rough in, rough out, rubric, run down,
     run through, rundown, send word, sententious, serve notice, short,
     short and sweet, short-lived, short-term, short-termed, shorten,
     shortened, shortened version, sign on, sign up, sign up for,
     silent, skeleton, sketch, sketch out, snug, sparing of words,
     speak, speechless, speedy, statement, submit, succinct, succinctly,
     suggest, summarize, summary, survey, swift, syllabus, synopsis,
     synopsize, synopsized, synoptic, taciturn, take into employment,
     take on, tally, tell, temporary, terse, the record,
     thumbnail sketch, tight, tight-lipped, to the point, tongue-tied,
     topical outline, trace, transactions, transient, transitory,
     truncated, unloquacious, untalkative, verse, washout, word-bound,
     wordless, yearbook

From V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (February 2016) :

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From 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. 

From 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.) 

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