n. pl. sum·ma·ries
1. A brief statement mentioning the main points of something: a summary of our findings.
2. Prose that provides information in a condensed format, as by mentioning only the most significant details of a narrative: The novelist did not like writing dialogue and preferred to write stories in summary.
1. Presenting the substance in a condensed form; concise: a summary review.
2. Performed speedily and without ceremony: summary justice; a summary rejection.
[Middle English, from Medieval Latin summārius, of or concerning the sum, from Latin summa, sum; see SUM.]
sum·mari·ly (sə-mĕrə-lē) adv.
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