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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Breve  \Breve\  (br[=e]v),  n.  [It.  &  (in  sense  2)  LL  breve,  fr 
  L.  brevis  short.  See  {Brief}.] 
  1.  (Mus.)  A  note  or  character  of  time,  equivalent  to  two 
  semibreves  or  four  minims.  When  dotted,  it  is  equal  to 
  three  semibreves.  It  was  formerly  of  a  square  figure  (as 
  thus:  ?  ),  but  is  now  made  oval,  with  a  line  perpendicular 
  to  the  staff  on  each  of  its  sides;  --  formerly  much  used 
  for  choir  service.  --Moore. 
 
  2.  (Law)  Any  writ  or  precept  under  seal,  issued  out  of  any 
  court. 
 
  3.  (Print.)  A  curved  mark  [[breve]]  used  commonly  to  indicate 
  the  short  quantity  of  a  vowel. 
 
  4.  (Zo["o]l.)  The  great  ant  thrush  of  Sumatra  ({Pitta 
  gigas}),  which  has  a  very  short  tail. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  breve 
  n  :  a  diacritical  mark  (u-curved)  placed  over  a  vowel  to 
  indicate  a  short  sound 




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