Meaning of ABBREVIATION in English

ABBREVIATION

( n. )

The form to which a word or phrase is reduced by contraction and omission; a letter or letters, standing for a word or phrase of which they are a part; as, Gen. for Genesis; U.S.A. for United States of America.

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