What does abstraction mean?

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æbˈstræk ʃənab·strac·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. abstraction, abstractnoun

    a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance

    "he loved her only in the abstract--not in person"

  2. abstractionnoun

    the act of withdrawing or removing something

  3. abstraction, generalization, generalisationnoun

    the process of formulating general concepts by abstracting common properties of instances

  4. abstractionnoun

    an abstract painting

  5. abstractedness, abstractionnoun

    preoccupation with something to the exclusion of all else

  6. abstraction, abstract entitynoun

    a general concept formed by extracting common features from specific examples

Wiktionary

  1. abstractionnoun

    The act of abstracting, separating, or withdrawing, or the state of being withdrawn; withdrawal.

  2. abstractionnoun

    The act of leaving out of consideration one or more properties of a complex object so as to attend to others; analysis.

    Note: Abstraction is necessary to classification, by which organisms are grouped into genera and species according to the qualities they share.

  3. abstractionnoun

    An idea or notion of an abstract, or theoretical nature; as, to fight for mere abstractions.

  4. abstractionnoun

    A separation from worldly objects; a recluse life; as, a hermit's abstraction.

  5. abstractionnoun

    Absence or absorption of mind; inattention to present objects.

  6. abstractionnoun

    The taking surreptitiously for one's own use part of the property of another; purloining.

  7. abstractionnoun

    A separation of volatile parts by the act of distillation. - Nicholson

  8. abstractionnoun

    Removal of water from a river, lake, or aquifer, typically for industrial or agricultural uses.

  9. abstractionnoun

    Any generalization technique that ignores or hides details to capture some kind of commonality between different instances for the purpose of controlling the intellectual complexity of engineered systems, particularly software systems.

  10. abstractionnoun

    Any intellectual construct produced through the technique of abstraction.

  11. abstractionnoun

    An abstract creation, or piece of art.

  12. Etymology: * First attested around 1400.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Abstractionnoun

    Etymology: abstractio, Lat.

    The word abstraction signifies a withdrawing some part of an idea from other parts of it; by which means, such abstracted ideas are formed, as neither represent any thing corporeal or spiritual; that is, any thing peculiar or proper to mind or body. Isaac Watts, Logick.

Wikipedia

  1. Abstraction

    Abstraction in its main sense is a conceptual process wherein general rules and concepts are derived from the usage and classification of specific examples, literal ("real" or "concrete") signifiers, first principles, or other methods. "An abstraction" is the outcome of this process—a concept that acts as a common noun for all subordinate concepts and connects any related concepts as a group, field, or category.Conceptual abstractions may be formed by filtering the information content of a concept or an observable phenomenon, selecting only those aspects which are relevant for a particular purpose. For example, abstracting a leather soccer ball to the more general idea of a ball selects only the information on general ball attributes and behavior, excluding but not eliminating the other phenomenal and cognitive characteristics of that particular ball. In a type–token distinction, a type (e.g., a 'ball') is more abstract than its tokens (e.g., 'that leather soccer ball'). Abstraction in its secondary use is a material process, discussed in the themes below.

ChatGPT

  1. abstraction

    Abstraction is a concept in computer science and philosophy that involves simplifying and removing specific details or attributes to reduce complexity and focus on essential features. This process helps to generalize the subject, making it more understandable and universally applicable. In programming, it means representing complex systems through simple, user-friendly interfaces. It is a method of hiding intricate details and exhibiting only the necessary functionality to the user.

  2. abstraction

    Abstraction is a process or concept in which complex systems, ideas or entities are simplified or distilled down to their essential characteristics, removing specific details or complexities. This facilitates understanding and makes it easier for individuals to handle complex systems. This concept is often used in fields like mathematics, computer science, art and philosophy.

  3. abstraction

    Abstraction is a concept or mental process in which specific details, variations or complexities are simplified or removed to isolate a common or general principle, characteristic or pattern. It is often used in various fields like art, science, mathematics, computer programming etc., to highlight key ideas or themes, reducing complexity, and allowing for easier understanding and analysis.

  4. abstraction

    Abstraction is a process of simplifying complex reality by modeling classes appropriate to the problem, and working at a higher level of complexity. It involves the reduction of information and detail to focus on essential features, deliberately ignoring or excluding non-essential aspects. It is a fundamental strategy in various fields such as science, art, computer science and mathematics, used to manage complexity.

  5. abstraction

    Abstraction is a cognitive process in which complex realities, systems, or concepts are simplified or generalized by identifying their essential characteristics. It focuses on the key features or functionalities and eliminates the non-essential details for the purpose of understanding, communication, or problem solving. In fields like computing or art, abstraction refers to creating simplified representations or models that remove or hide complex details.

  6. abstraction

    Abstraction in general terms refers to the process or concept of simplifying complex systems, ideas, or phenomena by breaking them down into more manageable parts, focusing on the essential features and ignoring the less relevant details. It allows for a greater understanding or representation of the subject matter in a less complicated way. It is a common method employed in various fields, including computer science, mathematics, art, and philosophy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abstractionadjective

    the act of abstracting, separating, or withdrawing, or the state of being withdrawn; withdrawal

  2. Abstractionadjective

    the act process of leaving out of consideration one or more properties of a complex object so as to attend to others; analysis. Thus, when the mind considers the form of a tree by itself, or the color of the leaves as separate from their size or figure, the act is called abstraction. So, also, when it considers whiteness, softness, virtue, existence, as separate from any particular objects

  3. Abstractionadjective

    an idea or notion of an abstract, or theoretical nature; as, to fight for mere abstractions

  4. Abstractionadjective

    a separation from worldly objects; a recluse life; as, a hermit's abstraction

  5. Abstractionadjective

    absence or absorption of mind; inattention to present objects

  6. Abstractionadjective

    the taking surreptitiously for one's own use part of the property of another; purloining

  7. Abstractionadjective

    a separation of volatile parts by the act of distillation

  8. Etymology: [Cf. F. abstraction. See Abstract, a.]

Wikidata

  1. Abstraction

    Abstraction is a process by which concepts are derived from the usage and classification of literal concepts, first principles, or other methods. "An abstraction" is the product of this process – a concept that acts as a super-categorical noun for all subordinate concepts, and connects any related concepts as a group, field, or category. Abstractions may be formed by reducing the information content of a concept or an observable phenomenon, typically to retain only information which is relevant for a particular purpose. For example, abstracting a leather soccer ball to the more general idea of a ball retains only the information on general ball attributes and behavior, eliminating the other characteristics of that particular ball.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of abstraction in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of abstraction in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of abstraction in a Sentence

  1. Cobb Scott:

    There have been a couple of meta-analyses done in adult samples, but this is the first one to be done specifically in adolescent and young adult samples, we looked at everything from learning and memory to different aspects of executive functioning such as abstraction ability.

  2. Havelock Ellis:

    Dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is no mere translation or abstraction from life; it is life itself.

  3. Dag Hammarskjöld:

    The UN is not just a product of do-gooders. It is harshly real. The day will come when men will see the U.N. and what it means clearly. Everything will be all right -- you know when? When people, just people, stop thinking of the United Nations as a weird Picasso abstraction, and see it as a drawing they made themselves.

  4. Abraham Harold Maslow:

    Become aware of internal, subjective subverbal experiences, so that these experiences can be brought into the world of abstraction, of conversation, of naming, etc., with the consequence that it immediately becomes possible for a certain amount of control to be exerted over these hither unconscious and uncontrollable processes

  5. Mark Evans:

    Botticelli fell, sank from sight for nearly 300 years. In the early 19th century he was rediscovered. The Pre-Raphaelites of course fetishised him, in the era of abstraction, Botticelli again receded into the shadows but, with pop art, he came out fighting and of course he's now one of the most celebrated global phenomena in art.

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