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Abridgement, 1) a summary, short account, abstract: “this brief a. of my will I make,” Lucr. 1198. then brook a. H5 V, Chor. Lucr. 1198 “this fierce a. hath to it circumstantial branches,” Cymb. V, 5, 382.
2) that which makes time short, pastime: “what a. have you for this evening?” Mids. V, 39. “look where my a. comes,” Hml. II, 2, 439. (that which is my pastime and makes me be brief. Ff --s come).
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