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English Synonyms and Antonyms3.0 / 2 votes

  1. brief

    A sketch is a rough, suggestive presentation of anything, whether graphic or literary, commonly intended to be preliminary to a more complete or extended treatment. An outline gives only the bounding or determining lines of a figure or a scene; a sketch may give not only lines, but shading and color, but is hasty and incomplete. The lines of a sketch are seldom so full and continuous as those of an outline, being, like the shading or color, little more than indications or suggestions according to which a finished picture may be made; the artist's first representation of a sunset, the hues of which change so rapidly, must of necessity be a sketch. Draft and plan apply especially to mechanical drawing, of which outline, sketch, and drawing are also used; a plan is strictly a view from above, as of a building or machine, giving the lines of a horizontal section, originally at the level of the ground, now in a wider sense at any height; as, a plan of the cellar; a plan of the attic. A mechanical drawing is always understood to be in full detail; a draft is an incomplete or unfinished drawing; a design is such a preliminary sketch as indicates the object to be accomplished or the result to be attained, and is understood to be original. One may make a drawing of any well-known mechanism, or a drawing from another man's design; but if he says, "The design is mine," he claims it as his own invention or composition. In written composition an outline gives simply the main divisions, and in the case of a sermon is often called a skeleton; a somewhat fuller suggestion of illustration, treatment, and style is given in a sketch. A lawyer's brief is a succinct statement of the main facts involved in a case, and of the main heads of his argument on points of law, with reference to authorities cited; the brief has none of the vagueness of a sketch, being sufficiently exact and complete to form, on occasion, the basis for the decision of the court without oral argument, when the case is said to be "submitted on brief." Compare DESIGN.

    design, draft, drawing, outline, picture, plan, skeleton, sketch

Princeton's WordNet0.0 / 0 votes

  1. brief, legal briefnoun

    a document stating the facts and points of law of a client's case

    legal brief

    long, prolix

  2. briefadjective

    a condensed written summary or abstract

    legal brief

    long, prolix

  3. briefadjective

    of short duration or distance

    "a brief stay in the country"


    long, prolix

  4. briefadjective

    concise and succinct

    "covered the matter in a brief statement"


    long, prolix

  5. abbreviated, briefverb

    (of clothing) very short

    "an abbreviated swimsuit"; "a brief bikini"

    truncated, shortened, abbreviated

    prolix, long

  6. briefverb

    give essential information to someone

    "The reporters were briefed about the President's plan to invade"

    prolix, long

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Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. briefadjective

    short, concise, succinct, compendious, laconic, CURT

  2. briefadjective

    transitory, fleeting, transient, temporary, short-lived, ephemeral

  3. briefnoun

    epitome, compendium, summary, synopsis, syllabus, abstract, breviary, abridgment, conspectus

  4. briefnoun

    pontifical letter, papal rescript

  5. briefnoun

    (Law.) writ, precept

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. briefadjective

    short-lived, ephemeral, transient, transitory, terse, concise, short

  2. briefnoun

    breviary, epitome, summary, writ, precept, breve

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  1. George Bernard Shaw:

    Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.

  2. Chuck Schumer:

    I have a brief, brief sentence, and that is that the White House, the House and the Senate have reached agreement on a framework that will pay for any final negotiated agreement. So the revenue side, this we have an agreement on. OK, thank you. it's a framework an agreement of a framework agreement.

  3. John Fitzgerald Kennedy:

    When at some future date the high court of history sits in judgment on each one of us-recording whether in our brief span of service we fulfilled our responsibilities to the state-our success or failure, in whatever office we may hold, will be measured by the answers to four questions-were we truly men of courage ... were we truly men of judgment ... were we truly men of integrity ... were we truly men of dedication

  4. Chip Roy:

    The United States Attorney's Office in Minnesota filed a sentencing brief that read exactly like the defense lawyers’ brief. Citing all of the events of the summer, completely offsetting the dead father of five, with a store burned to the ground during mob violence rule in the summer of 2020.

  5. William Shakespeare:

    To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day To the last syllable of recorded time, And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage And then is heard no more it is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.

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