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Definition of breve:

  1. A curved mark [] used commonly to indicate the short quantity of a vowel.
  2. a diacritical mark ( u- curved) placed over a vowel to indicate a short sound
  3. 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.
  4. Any writ or precept under seal, issued out of any court.
  5. The great ant thrush of Sumatra ( Pitta gigas), which has a very short tail.

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