Meaning of ABSTRACT in English


[ab.stract] adj [ML abstractus, fr. L, pp. of abstrahere to drag away, fr. abs-, ab- + trahere to pull, draw] (14c) 1 a: disassociated from any specific instance "~ entity" b: difficult to understand: abstruse "~ problems" c: insufficiently factual: formal "possessed only an ~ right"

2: expressing a quality apart from an object "the word poem is concrete, poetry is ~" 3 a: dealing with a subject in its abstract aspects: theoretical "~ science" b: impersonal, detached "the ~ compassion of a surgeon --Time"

4: having only intrinsic form with little or no attempt at pictorial representation or narrative content "~ painting" -- adv -- ab.stract.ness n

[2]ab.stract n [ME, fr. L abstractus] (15c) 1: a summary of points (as of a writing) usu. presented in skeletal form; also: something that summarizes or concentrates the essentials of a larger thing or several things

2: an abstract thing or state

3: abstraction 4a [3]ab.stract vt (1542) 1: remove, separate

2: to consider apart from application to or association with a particular instance

3: to make an abstract of: summarize

4: to draw away the attention of

5: steal, purloin ~ vi: to make an abstraction -- adj -- ab.strac.tor or n

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