for a short duration: He stopped over briefly in Chicago.
in a few words: Let me explain briefly.
in a brief manner; quickly or brusquely: She nodded briefly and began to speak.

1250–1300; Middle English; see brief, -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To briefly
World English Dictionary
brief (briːf)
1.  short in duration: a brief holiday
2.  short in length or extent; scanty: a brief bikini
3.  abrupt in manner; brusque: the professor was brief with me this morning
4.  terse or concise; containing few words: he made a brief statement
5.  a condensed or short statement or written synopsis; abstract
6.  law a document containing all the facts and points of law of a case by which a solicitor instructs a barrister to represent a client
7.  RC Church a letter issuing from the Roman court written in modern characters, as contrasted with a papal bull; papal brief
8.  short for briefing
9.  a paper outlining the arguments and information on one side of a debate
10.  slang (Brit) a lawyer, esp a barrister
11.  hold a brief for to argue for; champion
12.  in brief in short; to sum up
vb (foll by against)
13.  to prepare or instruct by giving a summary of relevant facts
14.  to make a summary or synopsis of
15.  English law
 a.  to instruct (a barrister) by brief
 b.  to retain (a barrister) as counsel
16.  See also briefs to supply potentially damaging or negative information regarding somone, as to the media, a politician, etc
[C14: from Old French bref, from Latin brevis; related to Greek brakhus]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

c.1300, from brief (adj.). As an introduction to a statement, "in short," recorded from 1510s.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
With a fork, dip each piece of fish into beer batter, then lift out and let
  drain briefly.
Return to pan and simmer briefly with a pinch of sugar, salt, and pepper.
Lift out, let cool briefly, then pull off and discard skin.
Or roll the scapes in olive oil, then throw them onto the barbecue grill
Related Searches
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature