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Definitions of breve

  1. a diacritical mark (u-curved) placed over a vowel to indicate a short sound Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. A note or character of time, equivalent to two semibreves or four minims. When dotted, it is equal to three semibreves. It was formerly of a square figure (as thus: / ), but is now made oval, with a line perpendicular to the staff on each of its sides; -- formerly much used for choir service. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. Any writ or precept under seal, issued out of any court. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. The great ant thrush of Sumatra (Pitta gigas), which has a very short tail. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. A curved mark [] used commonly to indicate the short quantity of a vowel. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. In music, a note of time; a mark used to indicate a short vowel. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. A brief or short note: the longest note now used in music. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. A note of time equal to two semibreves; a mark over a short syllable. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. A figure that marks the longest sound in music. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  10. Practice. A writ in which the cause of action is briefly stated, hence its name. Fleta, lib. 2, c. 13, §25; Co. Lit. 73 b. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  11. Writs are distributed into several classes. Some are called brevia formata, others brevia de cursu, brevia judicialia, or brevia magistralia. There is a further distinction with respect to real actions into brevia nominata and innominata. The former, says Bacon, contain the time, place and demand very particularly; and therefore by such writ several lands by several titles cannot be demanded by the same writ. The latter contain only a general complaint, without expressing time, damages, &c., as in trespass quare clausum fregit, &o., and therefore several lands coming to the demandant by several titles may be demanded in such writ. F. N. B. 209; 8 Co. 87; Kielw. 105; Dy. 145; 2 Brownl. 274; Bac. Ab. Actions in General, C. See Innominate contracts. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  12. A note or character of time, equivalent to two semibreves or four minims. When dotted, it is equal to three semibreves. It was formerly of a square figure (as thus: Moore. dictgcide_fs
  13. A curved mark [ dictgcide_fs
  14. br[=e]v, n. a pope's letter: the longest note now used in music, [Breve]. [It. breve--L. brevis, short.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  15. (Hist.) authoritative letter from sovereign or pope; (Mus.) note =two semibreves now rarely used; short prosody mark (o) in printing. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  16. [L. (q.v.)] (Music.) The average whole note of the sixteenth century, as the semibreve is of our own time. "It is certain that a sound lasting four beats may be expressed and has been expressed by six different forms- the maxim, the long, the breve, the semibreve, the minim, the crotchet" (Hullah, quoted by Stainer and Barrett). Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  17. n. [Latin] A note equivalent for two semibreves, or four minims;—a brief;—a curved mark used to indicate the short quantity of a vowel. Cabinet Dictionary

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