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ars longa, vita brevis

[ahrs lohng-gah wee-tah bre-wis; English ahrz lawng-guh vahy-tuh bree-vis, brev-is, vee-tuh, ahrs] /ɑrs ˈloʊŋ gɑ ˈwi tɑ ˈbrɛ wɪs; English ɑrz ˈlɔŋ gə ˈvaɪ tə ˈbri vɪs, ˈbrɛv ɪs, ˈvi tə, ɑrs/
Latin.
1.
art is long, life is short.

breve

[breev, brev] /briv, brɛv/
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.
  1. an initial writ.
  2. a writ, as one issued by a court of law.
3.
Music.
  1. the longest modern note, equivalent to two semibreves or whole notes.
  2. 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
1250-1300; Middle English < Medieval Latin, Latin breve, neuter of brevis short; see brief
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British Dictionary definitions for brevis

brewis

/ˈbruːɪs/
noun (dialect, mainly Northern English & Canadian, US)
1.
bread soaked in broth, gravy, etc
2.
thickened broth
3.
(Canadian) (bruːz). a Newfoundland stew of cod or pork, hardtack, and potatoes
Word Origin
C16: from Old French broez, from broet, diminutive of breubroth

breve

/briːv/
noun
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 (sense 7)
Word Origin
C13: from Medieval Latin breve, from Latin brevis short; see brief
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Word Origin and History for brevis

breve

n.

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.

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