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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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Toward evening he aroused again for a brief moment.
A tent appeared, and pacing to and fro before it was a little sentinel, who, in a brief soliloquy, informed the observers that the elements were in a great state of confusion, that he had marched some hundred miles or so that day, and that he was dying for want of sleep.
In the last chapter I shall give a brief recapitulation of the whole work, and a few concluding remarks.
Amid frequent and thoughtful endeavors to remember; amid earnest struggles to regather some token of the state of seeming nothingness into which my soul had lapsed, there have been moments when I have dreamed of success; there have been brief, very brief periods when I have conjured up remembrances which the lucid reason of a later epoch assures me could have had reference only to that condition of seeming unconsciousness.
A fearful idea now suddenly drove the blood in torrents upon my heart, and for a brief period, I once more relapsed into insensibility.
The amendments formalize the Court's longstanding practice of permitting appellate briefs filed in certain cases relating to the imposition of a sentence of death to exceed the standard page limits set out in rule 9.
Amicus curiae" means "friend of the court," but how friendly have amicus briefs been to courts lately?
The briefs that the petitioner and respondent submit are called merits briefs.
A slew of Religious Right organizations have filed legal briefs opposing Americans United's position in an Iowa case challenging taxpayer funding of a prison program anchored in evangelical Christianity.
It was from a member who noted that TEI had recently filed amicus briefs in two cases--both reprinted in this issue--and expressed disappointment that the Institute had decline to file a brief in a case involving his company.
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ACC started the switch from paper briefs and wooden, pull-out display boards to SMART Board interactive whiteboards and SMART Board for Flat-Panel Displays interactive overlays in 1999.