Confusion,” as a NATO briefer explained Thursday, “is part and parcel of this Russian hybrid warfare strategy.
And the better the lodging, the briefer our stay in it, because our notice came the sooner.
One question is all I ask; you can hardly expect me to be briefer.
We may add that the briefer form, Neolamarckism, is the more preferable.
It was briefer and less satisfactory than he had anticipated.
Another pause of briefer duration, and then he turned to his companion with a question on his lips.
The process was a brief one, but it might have been briefer.
In no conceivable way, on the other hand, could that briefer formula have resulted from the practice of the ancient Church.
Which is to say, in briefer phrase, that her name will live always.
Of these there were two sets, one long and argumentative, the other briefer, to be used only in case of necessity.
late 13c., from Latin brevis (adj.) "short, low, little, shallow," from PIE *mregh-wi-, from root *mregh-u- "short" (cf. Greek brakhys "short," Old Church Slavonic bruzeja "shallow places, shoals," Gothic gamaurgjan "to shorten").
from Latin breve (genitive brevis), noun derivative of adjective brevis (see brief (adj.)) which came to mean "letter, summary," specifically a letter of the pope (less ample and solemn than a bull), and thus came to mean "letter of authority," which yielded the modern, legal sense of "summary of the facts of a case" (1630s).