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(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. short, succinct, terse; quick, fleeting. —n. summary, argument. —v. t. instruct. See information, lawsuit, shortness.
(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Short in time]
Syn. short, fleeting, concise; see fleeting , short 2 .
2. [Short in space]
Syn. skimpy, scanty, slight, small; see short 1 .
3. [Abrupt]
Syn. hasty, curt, brusque; see abrupt 2 .
See Synonym Study at short . n.
1. [A summary]
Syn. digest, abstract, outline; see summary .
2. [A legal document]
Syn. brief, writ, deed, affidavit, summation, bill, claim, counterclaim, plea, declaration.
See Synonym Study at abridgment .
in brief,
Syn. in short, succinctly, in a few words, to put it briefly; see briefly 1 .
1. [To summarize]
Syn. epitomize, recapitulate, abridge; see decrease 2 , summarize .
2. [To inform]
Syn. prime, advise, instruct; see notify 1 , prepare 1 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
summary, synopsis, condensation, outline, sketch, precis, abridgement.
inform, fill in, summarize, outline.
1. short-lived short, fleeting, quick, fast, short-term, instantaneous, momentary, swift, transitory.
2. short, concise *short and sweet, succinct, abbreviated, to the point, condensed, summarized, compressed, pithy.
ANT.: 1. long, prolonged, time-consuming. 2. long-winded, wordy, time-consuming
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I adjective 1. Not long in time or duration: short. See BIG, FAST. 2. Accomplished in very little time: expeditious, fast, flying, hasty, hurried, quick, rapid, short, speedy, swift. See FAST. 3. Marked by or consisting of few words that are carefully chosen: compendious, concise, laconic, lean2, short, succinct, summary, terse. See BIG, STYLE, WORDS. 4. Rudely unceremonious: abrupt, blunt, brusque, crusty, curt, gruff, short, short-spoken. See ATTITUDE. II noun A short summary or version prepared by cutting down a larger work: abridgment, abstract, condensation, epitome, synopsis. See WORDS.

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