- a mark ( ˘ ) placed over a short vowel or a short or unstressed syllable
- Law a judicial writ
- Music a note written or having the combined time value of two whole notes
Origin: Italian ; from Classical Latin brevis, brief
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- A symbol ( ˘ ) placed over a vowel to show that it has a short sound, as the a in bat.
- A curved mark used to indicate a short or unstressed syllable of verse.
- Music A note equivalent to two whole notes.
Origin: Middle English, written communication, from Old French, from Medieval Latin, short syllable, from Latin, neuter of brevis, short; see brief.