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Breve

Breve \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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
breve

mid-15c., musical notation indicating two whole notes, from Latin breve (adj.) "short" in space or time (see brief (adj.)). The grammatical curved line placed over a vowel to indicate "shortness" (1540s) is from the same source.

Wiktionary
breve

n. 1 (context orthography printing English) A semicircular diacritical mark ((l mul ˘)) placed above a vowel, commonly used to mark its quantity as short. 2 (context music UK English) A double whole note. 3 (context legal English) Any writ or precept under seal, issued out of any court. 4 The great ant thrush of Sumatra ((taxlink Pitta gigas species noshow=1), which has a very short tail.

WordNet
breve

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

Wikipedia
Breve

A breve (, less often ; ; from the Latinbrevis “short, brief”) is the diacritic mark ˘, shaped like the bottom half of a circle. As used in Ancient Greek, it is also called vrachy or brachy. It resembles the caron (the wedge or háček in Czech) but is rounded; the caron has a sharp tip.

Compare caron:

  • Ǎ ǎ Ě ě Ǐ ǐ Ǒ ǒ Ǔ ǔ

with breve:

  • Ă ă Ĕ ĕ Ĭ ĭ Ŏ ŏ Ŭ ŭ
Breve (disambiguation)

Breve may refer to:

  • Breve, a diacritical mark
  • Breve (software), 3D simulation software
  • Double whole note in music
  • The mark used to denote a short syllable in the classical form of systems of scansion
  • Caffè breve, a kind of coffee
  • A abbreviated slang term for abbreviation
  • Half and half, Half cream and half milk

Breves may refer to:

  • Breves, Pará, a municipality in Brazil
  • Brèves, commune in Nièvre, France
Breve (software)

Breve (sometimes written with lowercase b) is a free, GPL software package that enables users to build 3D simulations of decentralized systems and artificial life. Users can define the behaviors of multi-agent systems in a 3D world and observe how they interact.

Breve includes 3D articulated body physical simulation with collision detection and response and an OpenGL display engine, so one can simulate and visualize semi-realistic creatures and worlds.

Breve simulations are written in an easy-to-use language called steve. The language is object-oriented and borrows many features from languages such as C, Perl and Objective-C. Breve also includes full support for writing simulations in Python.

Breve features an extensible plugin architecture that allows one to write plugins and interact with pre-existing code and projects and has built-in support for the Push programming language for evolutionary computation.

Plugins have been written in Breve to generate MIDI music, download web pages and interact with a Lisp environment.

vehicle (simulation made with breve).jpg|A simple Braitenberg simulation. demo (made with breve).jpg|VisionSwarm demo; inset is a picture of the world from the perspective of the selected agent.

Usage examples of "breve".

I DUE TRADIMENTI Due tradimenti abbominevoli furono perpetrati da questo inqualificabile governo nel breve periodo che corse da ottobre a novembre 1867, circa alla questione Romana.

He outlined four single-note signs in music notation the double long, the long, the breve and the semibreve, which were exact multiples of each other.

The notation was made still more uncertain by the license of the breve in triple time being equal to three semibreves, and so in general each long note in triple measure being equal to three of the next class shorter.

No soy un orador: mi arenga será breve como si la pronunciara un enano.

Denuncia, en el primer capítulo, breves interpolaciones de Plinio (Historia naturalis, V, 8).

Yo sé que casos como el mío, excepcionales y asombrosos ahora, serán muy en breve triviales.

Mi texto será fiel: líbreme Alá de la tentación de añadir breves rasgos circunstanciales o de agravar, con interpolaciones de Kipling, el cariz exótico del relato.

Quienes habían entrado en aquella casa por breves y legítimos asuntos de negocios, contaban que la casa de Nabonidus estaba llena de criados.

Los semidesnudos meruvios les abrían paso lanzando breves miradas curiosas a los dos fornidos prisioneros y a la litera de caballos en la que viajaba la princesa.

De las breves palabras que escuchó, dedujo que se estaba fraguando un motín.

La escribo ahora porque en ella se cifra, si no me engaño, un breve y trágico cristal de la índole de los orilleros antiguos.

Su atención se desvió de Conan y, en ese breve instante, la figura blanca y esbelta de una muchacha desnuda con brillantes ojos oscuros y un torrente de rizos negros cruzó rápidamente el salón desde las sombras de una columna situada a un lado del desvalido cimmerio.

A breve distanza dalla casa occupata un tempo da Bernard Shaw, c'era il curioso ristorante inglese Gog e Magog.

El curioso puede exhumar, en algún oscuro anaquel de la Biblioteca Nacional de la calle México, un ejemplar de mi Breve examen del idioma analítico de John Wilkins, obra que exigiría otra edición, siquiera para corregir o atenuar sus muchos errores.

Di mente acuta e fisico gagliardo, in breve tempo conquistò il suo posto fra i ranghi dei Cavalieri.