What does the word brief mean?

Usage examples for brief

  1. Dr. Jim's voice, brief and decided, struck through the silence. – The Way of an Eagle by Ethel M. Dell
  2. In brief, she was at last ready to fall in love with Stainton. – Running Sands by Reginald Wright Kauffman
  3. But even in that brief moment there had been a change, and the boy felt it. – The Boy With the U. S. Foresters by Francis Rolt-Wheeler