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Breve Definition

In prosody, a breve is the mark placed over a syllable in a line of verse to indicate that it is short or unstressed. See also macron and meter.


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[n] a diacritical mark (u-curved) placed over a vowel to indicate a short sound

Misc. Definitions

\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.

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