- 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.
Origin of breve
Examples from the Web for breve
Agalma breve, like a prismatic mass of crystal, with pink float and polypites.Colouration in Animals and Plants|Alfred Tylor
Breve was chosen as it is phonetically plausible and the characters are more widely available.Indian Linguistic Families Of America, North Of Mexico|John Wesley Powell
"I cannot do it," said Breve; and, waving his arm, he ran into his private room.Resurrection|Leo Tolstoy
Combinations such as (y with breve and macron) or (o with under-dot and macron) may not display as intended in all browsers.
They believed with Quintilian that "Longum et difficile iter est per praecepta, breve et efficax per exempla."
British Dictionary definitions for breve
Word Origin for breve
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.