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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 breve /ˈbriv, ˈbrɛv/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Breve n.
 1. Mus. A note or character of time, equivalent to two semibreves or four minims. When dotted, it is equal to three semibreves. It was formerly of a square figure (as thus: ░ ), but is now made oval, with a line perpendicular to the staff on each of its sides; -- formerly much used for choir service.
 2. Law Any writ or precept under seal, issued out of any court.
 3. Print. A curved mark [˘] used commonly to indicate the short quantity of a vowel.
 4. Zool. The great ant thrush of Sumatra (Pitta gigas), which has a very short tail.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : a diacritical mark (u-curved) placed over a vowel to
          indicate a short sound