The breve and the semiquaver is, we must have the descant you made upon our names, ere you depart.
And lastly by means of his breve he exchanged thoughts with her in silence.
"I cannot do it," said breve; and, waving his arm, he ran into his private room.
They believed with Quintilian that "Longum et difficile iter est per praecepta, breve et efficax per exempla."
These include some characters with a macron (straight line) above, and some with a breve (u-shaped symbol) above.
Then the poor little thing ran out to "breve the fleshy air."
The epigram of Seneca, "longum iter per praecepta, breve per exempla," was the popular catchword of the age.
Thus in four-half measure the breve would be necessary to indicate a tone having four beats.
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Longum iter est per prcepta, breve et efficax per exempla—The road to learning by precept is long, by example short and effectual.
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.