Brevis



art is long, life is short.
a mark (˘) over a vowel to show that it is short, or to indicate a specific pronunciation, as ŭ in (kŭt) cut.
Law.

an initial writ.
a writ, as one issued by a court of law.

Music.

the longest modern note, equivalent to two semibreves or whole notes.
Also, brevis. a note in medieval mensural notation equal to one-half or one-third of a longa.

Prosody. a mark (˘) over a syllable to show that it is not stressed.
Historical Examples

Dictionary of Quotations from Ancient and Modern, English and Foreign Sources James Wood
Notes and Queries, Number 222, January 28, 1854 Various
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 4 Various
A Little Tour In Ireland S. Reynolds Hole
The Irish Ecclesiastical Record, Volume 1, February, 1865 Various
Nevermore Rolf Boldrewood
Dictionary of Quotations from Ancient and Modern, English and Foreign Sources James Wood
Art in Shell of the Ancient Americans William H. Holmes
The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise M. E. Hard
Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society – Vol. 3 Various

noun
an accent, (˘), placed over a vowel to indicate that it is of short duration or is pronounced in a specified way
(music) a note, now rarely used, equivalent in time value to two semibreves
(RC Church) a less common word for brief (sense 7)
n.

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