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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.
There was another interval of utter insensibility; it was brief; for, upon again lapsing into life there had been no perceptible descent in the pendulum.
The Ministry of Justice has added four new Evidence Briefs to its collection of Evidence Briefs on the outcomes of justice interventions.
When you are in the trial court, you have a hearing date, and everybody generally works backward from that date to determine when the briefs are due.
Focus: Statutory Interpretation Rule 32(f) Form of Briefs
For information on the IADC's amicus brief program and to view past briefs, please visit the Amicus Briefs page on the IADC website.
briefs, that is, starting with the reply, then working backwards to the opposition, and finishing with the opening brief.
This Article considers the role of information, affected groups, and persuasion in the connection between justice votes and the content of briefs in the Roberts Court.