Definitions for abstractæbˈstrækt, ˈæb strækt; ˈæb strækt; æbˈstrækt for 11-14 , ˈæb strækt for 15
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ab•stractæbˈstrækt, ˈæb strækt; ˈæb strækt; æbˈstrækt for 11-14 , ˈæb strækt for 15(adj.; n.; v.)
thought of apart from concrete realities, specific objects, or actual instances:
an abstract idea.
expressing a quality or characteristic apart from any specific object or instance: an abstract word like justice.
theoretical; not applied or practical.
difficult to understand; abstruse.
emphasizing line, color, and nonrepresentational form:
Category: Fine Arts
(n.)a summary of a text, technical article, speech, etc.
an abstract idea or term.
an abstract work of art.
Category: Fine Arts
something that concentrates in itself the essential qualities of anything more extensive or more general.
(v.t.)to draw or take away; remove.
to divert or draw away the attention of.
to consider as a general quality or characteristic apart from specific objects or instances.
to make an abstract of; summarize.
Idioms for abstract:
in the abstract, without reference to a specific object or instance; in theory.
Origin of abstract:
1400–50; late ME: withdrawn from worldly interests < ML abstractus, L: ptp. of abstrahere to drag away, divert = abs- abs - + trahere to draw, pull; cf. tract1
a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
"he loved her only in the abstract--not in person"
outline, synopsis, abstract, precis(adj)
a sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory
existing only in the mind; separated from embodiment
"abstract words like `truth' and `justice'"
abstract, abstractionist, nonfigurative, nonobjective(adj)
not representing or imitating external reality or the objects of nature
"a large abstract painting"
dealing with a subject in the abstract without practical purpose or intention
"abstract reasoning"; "abstract science"
consider a concept without thinking of a specific example; consider abstractly or theoretically
pilfer, cabbage, purloin, pinch, abstract, snarf, swipe, hook, sneak, filch, nobble, lift(verb)
make off with belongings of others
consider apart from a particular case or instance
"Let's abstract away from this particular example"
give an abstract (of)
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
abstract(adjective)æbˈstrækt, ˈæb strækt; n. ˈæb strækt; v. æbˈstrækt for 11-14, ˈæb strækt for 15
abstractæbˈstrækt, ˈæb strækt; n. ˈæb strækt; v. æbˈstrækt for 11-14, ˈæb strækt for 15
relating to art where shapes and colors express emotions
an abstract painting
abstract(noun)æbˈstrækt, ˈæb strækt; n. ˈæb strækt; v. æbˈstrækt for 11-14, ˈæb strækt for 15
a summary of an essay, report, etc.; = synopsis
to write an abstract
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
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
resulting from the mental faculty of abstraction; general as opposed to particular; as, "reptile" is an abstract or general name
abstracted; absent in mind
to withdraw; to separate; to take away
to draw off in respect to interest or attention; as, his was wholly abstracted by other objects
to separate, as ideas, by the operation of the mind; to consider by itself; to contemplate separately, as a quality or attribute
to epitomize; to abridge
to take secretly or dishonestly; to purloin; as, to abstract goods from a parcel, or money from a till
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
to perform the process of abstraction
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
a state of separation from other things; as, to consider a subject in the abstract, or apart from other associated things
an abstract term
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
An abstract is a brief summary of a research article, thesis, review, conference proceeding or any in-depth analysis of a particular subject or discipline, and is often used to help the reader quickly ascertain the paper's purpose. When used, an abstract always appears at the beginning of a manuscript or typescript, acting as the point-of-entry for any given academic paper or patent application. Abstracting and indexing services for various academic disciplines are aimed at compiling a body of literature for that particular subject. The terms précis or synopsis are used in some publications to refer to the same thing that other publications might call an "abstract". In management reports, an executive summary usually contains more information than the abstract does.
Translations for abstract
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
(of a noun) referring to something which exists as an idea and which is not physically real
Truth, poverty and bravery are abstract nouns.
- مُجَرَّد/ غَيْر مَحْسُوسArabic
- abstratoPortuguese (BR)
- αφηρημένος (γραμμ.)Greek
- सारांश/कला संबंधी अमूर्तHindi
- tidak nyata, abstrakIndonesian
- óhlutbundinn, óhlutstæðurIcelandic
- 抽象的Chinese (Trad.)
- абстрактне поняттяUkrainian
- ذہنی ، خیالیUrdu
- trừu tượngVietnamese
- 抽象的Chinese (Simp.)
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