Definition of Summary

1. Noun. A brief statement that presents the main points in a concise form. "He gave a summary of the conclusions"

2. Adjective. Performed speedily and without formality. "Summary justice"
Exact synonyms: Drumhead
Similar to: Unofficial

3. Adjective. Briefly giving the gist of something. "A summary formulation of a wide-ranging subject"
Exact synonyms: Compact, Compendious, Succinct
Similar to: Concise
Derivative terms: Compendium, Succinctness

Definition of Summary

1. a. Formed into a sum; summed up; reduced into a narrow compass, or into few words; short; brief; concise; compendious; as, a summary statement of facts.

2. n. A general or comprehensive statement; an abridged account; an abstract, abridgment, or compendium, containing the sum or substance of a fuller account.

Definition of Summary

1. Adjective. Concise, brief or presented in a condensed form ¹

2. Adjective. Performed speedily and without formal ceremony. ¹

3. Adjective. (legal) Performed by cutting the procedures of a normal trial. ¹

4. Noun. An abstract or a condensed presentation of the substance of a body of material. ¹

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Definition of Summary

1. a condensation of the substance of a larger work [n -RIES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Summary

summary (current term)
summary judgement
summary judgment
summary judgments
summary offence
summary treatment
summat else
summation plural

Literary usage of Summary

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1. The American Journal of Education by Henry Barnard (1879)
"Normal schools — comparativo summary of schools, instructors, and pupils, Ixix; "summary of statistics of normal schools, Ixix-lxxi ; appropriations for ..."

2. Index of Economic Material in Documents of the States of the United States by Adelaide Rosalia Hasse (1908)
"Weather summary for yr. at Eureka, giving means and extremes of temperature, ... Ann. meteorological summary at Independence, showing mean and extremes ..."

3. Commentaries on the Laws of England: In Four Books by William Blackstone, John Taylor Coleridge (1825)
"OF summary CONVICTIONS. are next, according to the plan I have laid down, ... And these proceedings are divisible into two kinds; summary and regular : of ..."

4. Proceedings by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain), Norton Shaw, Francis Galton, William Spottiswoode, Clements Robert Markham, Henry Walter Bates, John Scott Keltie (1888)
"summary of Explorations in British North Borneo. By Admiral EC MAYNE, CB, ... As I walked home that evening, I thought that a short summary of what has ..."

5. Report of the Congressional Committees Investigating the Iran/Contra Affair by Lee H. Hamilton, Daniel K. Inouye (1995)
"Parti Executive summary The full story of the Iran-Contra Affair is ... In this Executive summary, the Committees focus on the key issues and offer their ..."

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