Pronunciation: (brēv, brev), [key]
1. a mark (˘) over a vowel to show that it is short, or to indicate a specific pronunciation, as ŭ in (kŭt) cut.
a. an initial writ.
b. a writ, as one issued by a court of law.
a. the longest modern note, equivalent to two semibreves or whole notes. See illus. under note.
b. Also,brevis.a note in medieval mensural notation equal to one-half or one-third of a longa.
4. Pros.a mark (˘) over a syllable to show that it is not stressed.
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