noun, plural summaries.
a comprehensive and usually brief abstract, recapitulation, or compendium of previously stated facts or statements.
brief and comprehensive; concise.
direct and prompt; unceremoniously fast: to treat someone with summary dispatch.
(of legal proceedings, jurisdiction, etc.) conducted without, or exempt from, the various steps and delays of a formal trial.

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin summārium, equivalent to summ(a) sum + -ārium -ary

summariness [suh-mair-i-nis] , noun

1. outline, précis. Summary, brief, digest, synopsis are terms for a short version of a longer work. A summary is a brief statement or restatement of main points, especially as a conclusion to a work: a summary of a chapter. A brief is a detailed outline, by heads and subheads, of a discourse (usually legal) to be completed: a brief for an argument. A digest is an abridgement of an article, book, etc., or an organized arrangement of material under heads and titles: a digest of a popular novel; a digest of Roman law. A synopsis is usually a compressed statement of the plot of a novel, play, etc.: a synopsis of Hamlet. 2. short, condensed, compact, succinct. 3. curt, terse, peremptory. Unabridged
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summary (ˈsʌmərɪ)
n , pl -maries
1.  a brief account giving the main points of something
2.  performed arbitrarily and quickly, without formality: a summary execution
3.  (of legal proceedings) short and free from the complexities and delays of a full trial
4.  summary jurisdiction the right a court has to adjudicate immediately upon some matter arising during its proceedings
5.  giving the gist or essence
[C15: from Latin summārium, from summasum1]

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Word Origin & History

early 15c., from M.L. summarius "of or pertaining to the sum or substance," from L. summa "whole, gist" (see sum). Sense of "done promptly" is first found 1713. The noun meaning "a summary statement or account" is first recorded c.1500, from L. summarium "an epitome, abstract,
summary," from summa "totality, gist." Summarily is attested from 1520s. Summarize first recorded 1871.
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Example sentences
Ideas are generated in weekly development meetings and are fleshed out into a
  short summary by an editor.
The abstract contains a short summary of articles, the first line of a poem, or
  the caption and description of a cartoon.
My compliments to the author of this well-written summary for capturing the
  main points of my article.
Practice parameter for electrodiagnostic studies in carpal tunnel syndrome:
  summary statement.
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