- a mark (˘) over a vowel to show that it is short, or to indicate a specific pronunciation, as ŭ in (kŭt) cut.
- an initial writ.
- a writ, as one issued by a court of law.
- the longest modern note, equivalent to two semibreves or whole notes.
- Also brevis.a note in medieval mensural notation equal to one-half or one-third of a longa.
- Prosody. a mark (˘) over a syllable to show that it is not stressed.
Origin of breve
Examples from the Web for breve
Breve was a Conservative; the secretary disliked him, and envied him his position.
"I cannot do it," said Breve; and, waving his arm, he ran into his private room.
And lastly by means of his breve he exchanged thoughts with her in silence.A Voyage to Arcturus
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These include some characters with a macron (straight line) above, and some with a breve (u-shaped symbol) above.Hero-Myths & Legends of the British Race
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- an accent, (˘), placed over a vowel to indicate that it is of short duration or is pronounced in a specified way
- music a note, now rarely used, equivalent in time value to two semibreves
- RC Church a less common word for brief (def. 7)
Word Origin and History for breve
mid-15c., musical notation indicating two whole notes, from Latin breve (adj.) "short" in space or time (see brief (adj.)). The grammatical curved line placed over a vowel to indicate "shortness" (1540s) is from the same source.