Definition of Breve

1. Noun. A diacritical mark (U-shaped) placed over a vowel to indicate a short sound.

Generic synonyms: Diacritic, Diacritical Mark



Definition of Breve

1. n. A note or character of time, equivalent to two semibreves or four minims. When dotted, it is equal to three semibreves. It was formerly of a square figure (as thus: &?; ), but is now made oval, with a line perpendicular to the staff on each of its sides; -- formerly much used for choir service.

Definition of Breve

1. Noun. (orthography) A semicircular diacritical mark: ?(l mul ?)? placed above a vowel. ¹

2. Noun. (music UK) A double whole note. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Breve

1. a symbol used to indicate a short vowel [n -S]

Medical Definition of Breve

1. 1. A note or character of time, equivalent to two semibreves or four minims. When dotted, it is equal to three semibreves. It was formerly of a square figure (as thus:), but is now made oval, with a line perpendicular to the staff on each of its sides; formerly much used for choir service. 2. Any writ or precept under seal, issued out of any court. 3. A curved mark [ The great ant thrush of Sumatra (Pitta gigas), which has a very short tail. Origin: It. & (in sense 2) LL. Breve, fr. L. Brevis short. See Brief. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Breve

brestsummers
bret
bretch
bretesse
bretesses
bretful
brethren
bretons
brettice
bretticed
brettices
bretylium
bretylium tosylate
bretzel
bretzels
breve (current term)
breves
brevet
brevetcies
brevetcy
brevete
breveted
breveting
brevetoxin
brevetoxins
brevets
brevetted
brevetting
breviaries
breviary

Literary usage of Breve

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Year Books of Edward II. by Great Britain, Frederic William Maitland (1904)
"13 45 Deux Ex' porter' un breve 15 46 Nota q' en un Cessavit . 18 46 Nota q' les deux defen- ... Nota qun breve Dentre cui in vita Johan de Lacy et Alice . ..."

2. Select Charters and Other Illustrations of English Constitutional History by William Stubbs (1870)
"Si quid autem restât de ipso opere faciendum, vicecomes quod sibi directum est breve usque ad idem opus completum penes se ..."

3. The Harvard Classics by Charles William Eliot (1910)
"... Almighty Father's name: The Saviour Son be glorified, Who for lost man's redemption died; And equal adoration be, Eternal Paraclete, to thee. HIC breve ..."

4. The History of the Reformation of the Church of England by Gilbert Burnet (1841)
"And for that and divers other reasons they asked the dispensation," •which in the body of the breve is granted, bearing date the 26th of December 1503. ..."

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