"abstract" Definition

  1. a. Withdraw; separate.
  2. a. 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.
  3. a. 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.
  4. a. Resulting from the mental faculty of abstraction; general as opposed to particular; as, "reptile" is an abstract or general name.
  5. a. Abstracted; absent in mind.
  6. a. To withdraw; to separate; to take away.
  7. a. To draw off in respect to interest or attention; as, his was wholly abstracted by other objects.
  8. a. To separate, as ideas, by the operation of the mind; to consider by itself; to contemplate separately, as a quality or attribute.
  9. a. To epitomize; to abridge.
  10. a. To take secretly or dishonestly; to purloin; as, to abstract goods from a parcel, or money from a till.
  11. a. 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.
  12. v. t. To perform the process of abstraction.
  13. a. 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.
  14. a. A state of separation from other things; as, to consider a subject in the abstract, or apart from other associated things.
  15. a. An abstract term.
  16. a. 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.

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Position in dictionary: 640 of 111710 words.
Word Type: a., a., a., a., a., a., a., a., a., a., a., v. t., a., a., a., a.,
Words that start with "abstract": 15
Words that end with "abstract": 1
Words that contain "abstract": 16
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English Dictionary Definition of abstract

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