What does abstraction mean?

Definitions for abstraction
æbˈstræk ʃənab·strac·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. abstraction, abstract(noun)

    a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance

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

  2. abstraction(noun)

    the act of withdrawing or removing something

  3. abstraction, generalization, generalisation(noun)

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

  4. abstraction(noun)

    an abstract painting

  5. abstractedness, abstraction(noun)

    preoccupation with something to the exclusion of all else

  6. abstraction, abstract entity(noun)

    a general concept formed by extracting common features from specific examples

Wiktionary

  1. abstraction(Noun)

    The act of abstracting, separating, or withdrawing, or the state of being withdrawn; withdrawal.

    Etymology: * First attested around 1400.

  2. abstraction(Noun)

    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.

    Etymology: * First attested around 1400.

  3. abstraction(Noun)

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

    Etymology: * First attested around 1400.

  4. abstraction(Noun)

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

    Etymology: * First attested around 1400.

  5. abstraction(Noun)

    Absence or absorption of mind; inattention to present objects.

    Etymology: * First attested around 1400.

  6. abstraction(Noun)

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

    Etymology: * First attested around 1400.

  7. abstraction(Noun)

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

    Etymology: * First attested around 1400.

  8. abstraction(Noun)

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

    Etymology: * First attested around 1400.

  9. abstraction(Noun)

    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.

    Etymology: * First attested around 1400.

  10. abstraction(Noun)

    Any intellectual construct produced through the technique of abstraction.

    Etymology: * First attested around 1400.

  11. abstraction(Noun)

    An abstract creation, or piece of art.

    Etymology: * First attested around 1400.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abstraction(adj)

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

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

  2. Abstraction(adj)

    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

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

  3. Abstraction(adj)

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

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

  4. Abstraction(adj)

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

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

  5. Abstraction(adj)

    absence or absorption of mind; inattention to present objects

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

  6. Abstraction(adj)

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

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

  7. Abstraction(adj)

    a separation of volatile parts by the act of distillation

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

Freebase

  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:

    We looked at everything from learning and memory to different aspects of executive functioning such as abstraction ability, and we basically showed that the largest effects -- which was around a third of a standard deviation -- was in the learning of new information and some aspects of executive functioning, memory and speed of processing.

  2. Abraham Maslow:

    Become aware of internal, subjective, sub-verbal 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 hitherto unconscious and uncontrollable processes.

  3. 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.

  4. Henry 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.

  5. Walter Lippmann:

    Because the results are expressed in numbers, it is easy to make the mistake of thinking that the intelligence test is a measure like a foot ruler or a pair of scales. It is, of course, a quite different sort of measure. Intelligence is not an abstraction like length and weight; it is an exceedingly complicated notion - which nobody has yet succeeded in defining.

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