adjective, terser, tersest.
neatly or effectively concise; brief and pithy, as language.
abruptly concise; curt; brusque.

1595–1605; < Latin tersus, past participle of tergēre to rub off, wipe off, clean, polish

tersely, adverb
terseness, noun
unterse, adjective
untersely, adverb
unterseness, noun

1. succinct, compact, neat, concentrated. 1, 2. See concise.
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terse (tɜːs)
1.  neatly brief and concise
2.  curt; abrupt
[C17: from Latin tersus precise, from tergēre to polish]

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Word Origin & History

1599 (implied in tersely), "clean-cut, burnished, neat," from Fr. ters "clean," from L. tersus "wiped off, clean, neat," from pp. of tergere "to rub, polish, wipe." Sense of "concise or pithy in style or language" is from 1777, which led to a general sense of "neatly concise." The pejorative meaning
"brusque" is a fairly recent development.
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Computing Dictionary

Terse definition

Language for decryption of hardware logic.
["Hardware Logic Simulation by Compilation", C. Hansen, 25th ACM/IEEE Design Automation Conf, 1988].

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Example sentences
My comments on the first manuscript were fairly terse and probably about a page
In the past security officers were usually terse ex-military types who wore
  holsters and brush cuts.
The film's style is so economical it seems almost terse.
Previously, officials limited themselves to terse announcements of such deaths.
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