All 3 Uses of
Uses with a very common or rare meaning:
- After the phone call, my mom lay on her bed, shaking her head while sobbing in-between bursts of how God had cursed her for some sin, how I was the devil incarnate, a plague, testing her in this brief tenure on earth.†
Chpt 2 *
- Chicharron and Shoshi weren't together anymore, but he held the legacy of their brief relationship in his arms.†
- He gave me a brief, awkward hug and then shook my hand.†
(meaning too common or rare to warrant focus) Brief is most commonly encountered as an adjective meaning "of short duration." Other meanings derive from the idea of short--as when making a long story short by summarizing it, or when wearing briefs (underwear).