Pronunciation: (sum'u-rē), [key]
—n., pl. -ries,
a comprehensive and usually brief abstract, recapitulation, or compendium of previously stated facts or statements.
1. brief and comprehensive; concise.
2. direct and prompt; unceremoniously fast: to treat someone with summary dispatch.
3. (of legal proceedings, jurisdiction, etc.) conducted without, or exempt from, the various steps and delays of a formal trial.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.