|Noah Webster's Dictionary|
1. (a.) Short in duration.
2. (a.) Concise; terse; succinct.
3. (a.) Rife; common; prevalent.
4. (adv.) Briefly.
5. (adv.) Soon; quickly.
6. (n.) A short concise writing or letter; a statement in few words.
7. (n.) An epitome.
8. (n.) An abridgment or concise statement of a client's case, made out for the instruction of counsel in a trial at law. This word is applied also to a statement of the heads or points of a law argument.
9. (n.) A writ; a breve. See Breve, n., 2.
10. (n.) A writ issuing from the chancery, directed to any judge ordinary, commanding and authorizing that judge to call a jury to inquire into the case, and upon their verdict to pronounce sentence.
11. (n.) A letter patent, from proper authority, authorizing a collection or charitable contribution of money in churches, for any public or private purpose.
12. (v. t.) To make an abstract or abridgment of; to shorten; as, to brief pleadings.
Brief (7 Occurrences)
Acts 24:4 But--not to detain you too long--I beg you in your forbearance to listen to a brief statement from us. (WEY DBY NAS RSV NIV)
Acts 26:28 Agrippa answered, "In brief, you are doing your best to persuade me to become a Christian." (WEY)
Romans 9:28 for the Lord will hold a reckoning upon the earth, making it efficacious and brief." (WEY)
Ephesians 3:3 and that by a revelation the truth hitherto kept secret was made known to me as I have already briefly explained it to you. (Root in WEY DBY NAS RSV NIV)
Ezra 9:8 Now for a little moment grace has been shown from Yahweh our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage. (See NAS RSV NIV)
Job 20:5 that the triumphing of the wicked is short, the joy of the godless but for a moment? (See NIV)
Isaiah 54:7 For a short time I gave you up; but with great mercies I will take you back again. (See NAS RSV NIV)