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brief

1. 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
2. RC Church a letter issuing from the Roman court written in modern characters, as contrasted with a papal bull; papal brief

Brief

An early text editor for DOS programming from Borland. It provided automatic indentation and the ability to edit different parts of a source program at the same time.
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For an instant, for the briefest space of time the mind can readily conceive, there was a change in Sir John's smooth face, such as no man ever saw there.
I have known the briefest summer flowers outlive them.
Such a pitiful beginning it was for their married life; they loved each other so, and they could not have the briefest respite
Lecount acknowledged the virtues of Iodine, in the briefest possible form of words, and withdrew into the innermost sanctuary of her own thoughts.
Archer's heart stopped with the queer jerk which it had given once before, and which seemed suddenly to slam a door between himself and the outer world; but this break of continuity must have been of the briefest, for he presently heard Medora answering a question he had apparently found voice to put.
I can give here only the briefest abstract of the more important facts.
I incline to the briefest, since, if it should not be wholly true, it is at least likely to contain the least falsehood.
He turned away and stood for a moment with his hand on the door; then he faced about and after the briefest hesitation broke out with a different accent.
From above they could inflict immense damage; they could reduce any organised Government to a capitulation in the briefest space, but they could not disarm, much less could they occupy, the surrendered areas below.
The Portsmouth boss (below) had the briefest of reigns at New York Stadium last term and will now come face to face with his former club tomorrow.
Novak Djokovic enjoyed the briefest of Wimbledon openings before booking his spot in the second round when opponent Martin Klizan retired through injury after the first set of their match on Tuesday.
The briefest text with Latin and Common names is backed up with an index.