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Abstract meaning

abstract - 18 dictionary results

  1. 1. Withdraw; separate.
  2. 2. Considered apart from any application to a particular object; separated from matter; existing in the mind only; as, abstract truth, abstract numbers. Hence: ideal; abstruse; difficult.
  3. 3. Abstracted; absent in mind.
  4. 4. To withdraw; to separate; to take away.
  5. 5. To draw off in respect to interest or attention; as, his was wholly abstracted by other objects.
  6. 6. To separate, as ideas, by the operation of the mind; to consider by itself; to contemplate separately, as a quality or attribute.
  7. 7. To epitomize; to abridge.
  8. 8. To take secretly or dishonestly; to purloin; as, to abstract goods from a parcel, or money from a till.
  9. 9. To separate, as the more volatile or soluble parts of a substance, by distillation or other chemical processes. In this sense extract is now more generally used.
  10. 10. To perform the process of abstraction.
  11. 11. That which comprises or concentrates in itself the essential qualities of a larger thing or of several things. Specifically: A summary or an epitome, as of a treatise or book, or of a statement; a brief.
  12. 12. A state of separation from other things; as, to consider a subject in the abstract, or apart from other associated things.
  13. 13. An abstract term.
  14. 14. A powdered solid extract of a vegetable substance mixed with sugar of milk in such proportion that one part of the abstract represents two parts of the original substance.
  15. 15. Expressing a particular property of an object viewed apart from the other properties which constitute it; - opposed to concrete; as, honesty is an abstract word.
  16. 16. Resulting from the mental faculty of abstraction; general as opposed to particular; as, reptile is an abstract or general name.
  17. 17. Separate; existing only in thought.
  18. 18. To draw or take from.

abstract - examples of usage

  1. Justice in itself, viewed as justice in the abstract, was no concern of theirs.
  2. All this is apart from abstract theology. - "Hodge and His Masters", Richard Jefferies.
  3. When Mr. Darwin went on to say that his abstract would be very imperfect, and that he could not give references and authorities for his several statements, we did not suppose that such an apology could be meant to cover silence concerning writers who during their whole lives, or nearly so, had borne the burden and heat of the day in respect of descent with modification in its most extended application. - "Luck or Cunning?", Samuel Butler.
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