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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
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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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Also, the briefness of the parent responses could have been influenced in part by the formatting of the parent versus siblings, which allowed somewhat more space for siblings to record their responses.
His relative silence on the subject -save for a handful of tweets which despite their strict 140-character limit still managed to err on the side of briefness - has been puzzling to me and my clan.
Control of purchased Increase the inputs (data or material information), the briefness and clarity of orders or tasks issued, in order to avoid the "GIGO" (garbage in garbage out) effect.
Fueled by their "dreams of riches" and confident in the briefness of their toils, Asian immigrants not only worked for miser wages, but could also be turned into a multi-functioning control device--among the ethnic groups themselves, as well as to weigh down white workers during periods of economic expansion and to hold white labor in check during periods of overproduction.
("Tale" VI.4.16-20) The fact that such glimmers of unity are visible is hopeful and "worth mentioning," but this hope is limited by separation and briefness ("Tale" VI.3.26).
International cardiac rehabilitation care guidelines incorporate the expectation that the majority of lifestyle advice should be disseminated after a patient has been discharged, given the briefness of hospital stays post cardiac events (Clinical Resource Efficiency Support Team, 2006; Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network, 2002; New Zealand Guidelines Group, 2002).
"In this short life/ That only lasts an hour/ How much--how little--is/ Within our power." The composer uses the clever device of a brief musical quotation from Chopin's so-called "Minute Waltz" to suggest the briefness of life.
The briefness of the relationship and the fact that it is a heterosexual one are the two reasons I consider this story a prelude to the firm establishment of the connections between the lost nation while in exile and homosexual practices, resulting in the invention of a new alternative national space.
For briefness, we call [[theta].sub.1] SWS (Shift within Slice) and [[theta].sub.2] SBS (Shift between Slices) for short;
In point of fact, both substances are mostly nothing, which may have explained the briefness of the performances, but it is that instantaneous reaction on the tongue that is at the heart of the idea of confection.
(8) While this may in fact be the case, the briefness of the section does not leave the reader confident that U.S.