for a short duration:
He stopped over briefly in Chicago.
in a few words:
Let me explain briefly.
in a brief manner; quickly or brusquely:
She nodded briefly and began to speak.
Contemporary Examples

Allies Accuse James O’Keefe of ‘Hit Job’ in Undercover NPR Sting Howard Kurtz November 14, 2011
The Gays Go All the Way in Daytime Henry Seltzer January 12, 2009
Meet Willa Doss, The 12-Year-Old Beauty Mogul Behind The Willa Skincare Line Lizzie Crocker August 5, 2012
A Family Murder Inspired This Congresswoman to Act Eleanor Clift January 12, 2011
The Media Hijackers John Avlon September 9, 2010

Historical Examples

Historic Tales, Vol. 8 (of 15) Charles Morris
Explorations in Australia John Forrest
Under the Southern Cross Maturin M. Ballou
The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
Joseph Bonaparte John S. C. Abbott



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    lasting or taking a short time; of short duration: a brief walk; a brief stay in the country. using few words; concise; succinct: a brief report on weather conditions. abrupt or curt. scanty: a brief bathing suit. a short and concise statement or written item. an outline, the form of which is determined by set […]

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    a prickly plant or shrub, especially the sweetbrier or a greenbrier. a tangled mass of prickly plants. a thorny stem or twig. the white heath, Erica arborea, of France and Corsica, the woody root of which is used for making tobacco pipes. a pipe made of brierroot. (chiefly in Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee) a term […]

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