breve (brĕv, brēv)
1. A symbol ( ˘ ) placed over a vowel to show that it has a short sound.
2. A curved mark used to indicate a short or unstressed syllable of verse.
3. Music A note equivalent to two whole notes.
[Middle English, written communication, from Old French, from Medieval Latin, short syllable, from Latin, neuter of brevis, short; see BRIEF.]
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