ars longa, vita brevis
- arru islands,
- ars antiqua,
- ars est celare artem,
- ars gratia artis,
- ars nova,
- ars poetica,
- arsaces i,
- 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 brevis
But soles are not 'lights,' and brevis lux is not 'brief candle.'The Valet's Tragedy and Other Stories|Andrew Lang
Brevis ipsa vita est, sed longior malis—Life itself is short, but lasts longer than misfortunes.
Quam gratiam voluit Sanctitas Sua perpetuo suffragari absque ulla Brevis expeditione.
De Bry, in the remarkable plates of his "Brevis Narratio," furnishes two instances of such use.Art in Shell of the Ancient Americans|William H. Holmes
Brevis esse laboro, obscurus fio—When labouring to be concise, I become obscure.
Word Origin 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.