Briefness

Brief"ness

(brf"ns), n. The quality of being brief; brevity; conciseness in discourse or writing.
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Bri"er

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Bri"ar

} (br"r), n. [OE. brere, brer, AS. brr, brr; cf. Ir. briar prickle, thorn, brier, pin, Gael. preas bush, brier, W. prys, prysg.] 1. A plant with a slender woody stem bearing stout prickles; especially, species of Rosa, Rubus, and Smilax.
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2. Fig.: Anything sharp or unpleasant to the feelings.
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The thorns and briers of reproof.
Cowper.
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Brier root, the root of the southern Smilax laurifolia and Smilax Walteri; -- used for tobacco pipes. See also 2nd brier. -- Cat brier, Green brier, several species of Smilax (Smilax rotundifolia, etc.) -- Sweet brier (Rosa rubiginosa). See Sweetbrier. -- Yellow brier, the Rosa Eglantina.
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