Breve meaning

brĕv, brēv
A symbol (˘) placed over a vowel to show that it has a short sound.
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A mark ( ˘ ) placed over a short vowel or a short or unstressed syllable.
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A curved mark used to indicate a short or unstressed syllable of verse.
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(orthography, printing) A semicircular diacritical mark (˘) placed above a vowel, commonly used to mark its quantity as short.
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A note equivalent to two whole notes.
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A judicial writ.
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A note written  or  having the combined time value of two whole notes.
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(music, UK) A double whole note.
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(law) Any writ or precept under seal, issued out of any court.
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(zoology) The great ant thrush of Sumatra (Pitta gigas), which has a very short tail.
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Origin of breve

  • Middle English written communication from Old French from Medieval Latin short syllable from Latin neuter of brevis short brief
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin brevis (“short”).
    From Wiktionary