brief: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (brēf), [key]
— adj., n., v. -er, -est,
- lasting or taking a short time; of short duration: a brief walk; a brief stay in the country.
- using few words; concise; succinct: a brief report on weather conditions.
- abrupt or curt.
- scanty: a brief bathing suit.
- a short and concise statement or written item.
- an outline, the form of which is determined by set rules, of all the possible arguments and information on one side of a controversy: a debater's brief.
- a writ summoning one to answer to any action.
- a memorandum of points of fact or of law for use in conducting a case.
- a written argument submitted to a court.
- (in England) the material relevant to a case, delivered by a solicitor to the barrister who tries the case.
- an outline, summary, or synopsis, as of a book.
- close-fitting, legless underpants with an elastic waistband.
- a papal letter less formal than a bull, sealed with the pope's signet ring or stamped with the device borne on this ring.
- a free ticket; pass.
- a letter.
- to support or defend by argument; endorse.
- in a few words; in short: The supervisor outlined in brief the duties of the new assistant.
- to make an abstract or summary of.
- to instruct by a brief or briefing: They brief all the agents before assigning them.
- to retain as advocate in a suit.
- brief (Thesaurus)