ars longa, vita brevis
- art is long, life is short.
- 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 brevis
Brevipes is from brevis, short; pes, foot; so called because of its short stem.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
But soles are not 'lights,' and brevis lux is not 'brief candle.'The Valet's Tragedy and Other Stories
Rhetorica brevis, and was printed at Oxford in 1616 by Joseph Barnes.
But "brevis esse laboro;" we were alone, and I resolved to propose.A Little Tour In Ireland
S. Reynolds Hole
Quam gratiam voluit Sanctitas Sua perpetuo suffragari absque ulla Brevis expeditione.
- 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 brevis
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.