Definition of breve in English:

breve

Line breaks: breve
Pronunciation: /briːv
 
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noun

1 Music A note, rarely used in modern music, having the time value of two semibreves, and represented as a semibreve with two short bars either side, or as a square.
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  • The relationship between the semibreve and the minim is exactly the same as that accorded to the breve and semibreve.
  • This consists simply of four notes written out on a single stave in breves.
  • Semi means half, and although rare and rather ancient, the British system includes the breve in its logic.
2A written or printed mark (˘) indicating a short or unstressed vowel.
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  • Other explanations of English verse use more convenient typography as substitutes for the acute accent and breve.
  • Accent caron, which should be used in pinyin instead of accent breve is not always supported.
  • The vowel letters that are used in conjunction with the breve symbol are replaced by compound vowel letters.
3 historical An authoritative letter from a pope or monarch.
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  • The authority of the English crown in Ireland rested ultimately on the grant of the lordship in the alleged breve Laudibiliter.
  • In these cases the title of breve might be accompanied or replaced by that of notitia, or memoratorium.
  • The Jesuits took care to notify the general disregard for the papal breve.

Origin

Middle English: variant of brief. In the musical sense, the term was originally used in a series where a long was of greater time value than a breve.

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