breves

breve

[breev, brev]
noun
1.
a mark (˘) over a vowel to show that it is short, or to indicate a specific pronunciation, as ŭ in (kŭt) cut.
2.
Law.
a.
an initial writ.
b.
a writ, as one issued by a court of law.
3.
Music.
a.
the longest modern note, equivalent to two semibreves or whole notes. See illus. under note.
b.
Also, brevis. a note in medieval mensural notation equal to one-half or one-third of a longa.
4.
Prosody. a mark (˘) over a syllable to show that it is not stressed.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English < Medieval Latin, Latin breve, neuter of brevis short; see brief

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breve (briːv)
 
n
1.  an accent, (˘), placed over a vowel to indicate that it is of short duration or is pronounced in a specified way
2.  music a note, now rarely used, equivalent in time value to two semibreves
3.  RC Church a less common word for brief
 
[C13: from Medieval Latin breve, from Latin brevis short; see brief]

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breve
mid-15c., musical notation indicating two whole notes, from L. breve (adj.) "short" in space or time (see brief). The grammatical curved line placed over a vowel to indicate "shortness" (1540s) is from the same source.
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