- 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."