Meaning of ABSTRACT in English

ABSTRACT

transcription, транскрипция: [ æbstrækt ]

( abstracts)

1.

An abstract idea or way of thinking is based on general ideas rather than on real things and events.

...abstract principles such as justice...

It’s not a question of some abstract concept.

= theoretical

ADJ

• ab‧stract‧ly

It is hard to think abstractly in these conditions.

ADV

2.

When you talk or think about something in the abstract , you talk or think about it in a general way, rather than considering particular things or events.

Money was a commodity she never thought about except in the abstract.

PHRASE : PHR with cl / group

3.

In grammar, an abstract noun refers to a quality or idea rather than to a physical object.

...abstract words such as glory, honor, and courage.

≠ concrete

ADJ : ADJ n

4.

Abstract art makes use of shapes and patterns rather than showing people or things.

...a modern abstract painting.

≠ figurative

ADJ : usu ADJ n

5.

An abstract is an abstract work of art.

N-COUNT

6.

An abstract of an article, document, or speech is a short piece of writing that gives the main points of it.

= summary

N-COUNT : oft N of n

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