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Meaning of TERSE

Pronunciation:  turs

WordNet Dictionary
[adj]  brief and to the point; effectively cut short; "a crisp retort"; "a response so curt as to be almost rude"; "the laconic reply; `yes'"; "short and terse and easy to understand"

TERSE is a 5 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: concise, crisp, curt, laconic



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Terse\, a. [Compar. {Terser}; superl. {Tersest}.] [L.
tersus, p. p. of tergere to rub or wipe off.]
1. Appearing as if rubbed or wiped off; rubbed; smooth;
   polished. [Obs.]

         Many stones, . . . although terse and smooth, have
         not this power attractive.            --Sir T.

2. Refined; accomplished; -- said of persons. [R. & Obs.]
   ``Your polite and terse gallants.'' --Massinger.

3. Elegantly concise; free of superfluous words; polished to
   smoothness; as, terse language; a terse style.

         Terse, luminous, and dignified eloquence.

         A poet, too, was there, whose verse Was tender,
         musical, and terse.                   --Longfellow.

Syn: Neat; concise; compact.

Usage: {Terse}, {Concise}. Terse was defined by Johnson
       ``cleanly written'', i. e., free from blemishes, neat
       or smooth. Its present sense is ``free from
       excrescences,'' and hence, compact, with smoothness,
       grace, or elegance, as in the following lones of

             ``In eight terse lines has Ph[ae]drus told (So
             frugal were the bards of old) A tale of goats;
             and closed with grace, Plan, moral, all, in that
             short space.'' It differs from concise in not
       implying, perhaps, quite as much condensation, but
       chiefly in the additional idea of ``grace or
       elegance.'' -- {Terse"ly}, adv. -- {Terse"ness}, n.

Computing Dictionary

Language for decryption of hardware logic.

["Hardware Logic Simulation by Compilation", C. Hansen, 25th ACM/IEEE Design Automation Conf, 1988].