Phonetics, Orthography. a diacritic (˘) 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.
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How to use breve in a sentence
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Vogler then gave Beethoven a theme of three measures (the scale of C major, alla breve).The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven, Volume II (of 3) | Alexander Wheelock Thayer
Ancora una breve salita, e poi ci sar sul pi alto pinacolo del Prato Fiorite.
He takes a breve rest, quavering with a minimum of divergent emotion in the effort to be natural.The Nurserymatograph | A Lawyer
The original text inconsistently uses a breve over the e in "Parthenia" and "Passameso."Shakespeare and Music | Edward W. Naylor
British Dictionary definitions for breve
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
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