brief·ing | \ˈbrē-fiŋ \

Definition of briefing 

: an act or instance of giving precise instructions or essential information

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After officials announced his death at a morning briefing, even some of the boys’ families questioned the viability of having their sons dive out, and suggested waiting for the dry season might be best, Nopparat, the coach, told The Post. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "‘Time is running out’: Inside the treacherous rescue of boys trapped in a Thai cave," 13 July 2018 At a small press briefing in New York City yesterday, a dozen different professionals and students, all hand-picked by Apple, were on hand to vouch for the new products. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Apple's MacBook Pros Get Faster Chips, New Keyboards (Kinda)," 12 July 2018 Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said at a press briefing in Washington. Bloomberg, Fortune, "Trump's New Task Force Will Take On Crypto Crime," 11 July 2018 Detective Brian Glacken of the NYPD Emergency Service Unit said at an evening briefing Wednesday. Casey Quackenbush, Time, "Woman Who Climbed the Statue of Liberty on the Fourth of July Has Been Arrested," 5 July 2018 At a pre-E3 press briefing today, Microsoft teased Halo Infinite, the next chapter in its long-running first-person shooter series. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Microsoft teases Halo Infinite at E3 2018," 10 June 2018 The county executive lost consciousness at the firehouse and never regained it, officials said at a press briefing at the county’s Public Safety Building in Towson. Alison Knezevich,, "Kamenetz called 911 from Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Company, officials say," 10 May 2018 Analyzing the World Cup's issues at a briefing Wednesday, the head of FIFA's diversity program also acknowledged wanting fewer images of attractive women in stadiums to be shown on future broadcasts. Graham Dunbar,, "Sexism tops racism as a World Cup fan problem in Russia," 11 July 2018 The Chinese Foreign Ministry told reporters at a regular news briefing Tuesday that Liu had been granted permission to leave for Germany for medical reasons. Jane Perlez,, "Liu Xia, detained widow of Nobel Peace laureate, leaves China," 10 July 2018

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1904, in the meaning defined above

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