An abstract idea


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • An abstract idea (Metaph) an idea separated from a complex object, or from other ideas which naturally accompany it; as the solidity of marble when contemplated apart from its color or figure.
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In literature:

This was my first conscious perception of an abstract idea.
"Story of My Life" by Helen Keller
Now I do not find that I can perceive, imagine, or any wise frame in my mind such an abstract idea as is here spoken of.
"An Essay Towards a New Theory of Vision" by George Berkeley
To say no more, it is an ABSTRACT IDEA.
"A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge" by George Berkeley
Platonists find it in an abstract Idea of Good, a Universal which precludes particulars.
"The Worlds Greatest Books, Volume XIII." by Various
It is only an idea, an abstraction.
"New York Times, Current History, Vol 1, Issue 1" by Various
Thus when I have seen an object but once, as a rhinoceros, my abstract idea of this animal is the same as my complex one.
"Zoonomia, Vol. I" by Erasmus Darwin
It must be very difficult, in that language, to have an individual style, still more difficult to express abstract ideas.
"Frédéric Mistral" by Charles Alfred Downer
This was my first conscious perception of an abstract idea.
"Stories of Achievement, Volume IV (of 6)" by Various
To move John, you must make your fulcrum of solid beef and pudding; an abstract idea will do for Jonathan.
"The Biglow Papers" by James Russell Lowell
Just as the Anarchist sets up an abstract idea of individual liberty as his ideal, so he sets up an abstract idea of tyranny.
"The Common Sense of Socialism" by John Spargo
The idea of the soul, as an immaterial power, is a mere abstraction; in fact, nothing of the kind exists.
"Public School Education" by Michael Müller
The form animal, e.g., is an abstract intelligible or metaphysical idea.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 3" by Various
Getting yourself frozen for an abstract idea isn't good business.
"For the Allinson Honor" by Harold Bindloss
By thought we abstract this fact from other facts; we find an idea of God.
"Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Volume 2 (of 3)" by Theodore Parker
He has not the force of character that will enable him to sacrifice his passion for play to an abstract moral idea.
"'O Thou, My Austria!'" by Ossip Schubin
Take an example: examine how we form the abstract and general idea of color.
"Lectures on the true, the beautiful and the good" by Victor Cousin
I will give you an abstract of the ideas I gained in the study of Hayward's Physiology, and the reading of Dr. Paley's Theology.
"Mind Amongst the Spindles" by Various
He repudiates the idea of an abstract self apart from desire.
"John Dewey's logical theory" by Delton Thomas Howard
God to him was not a mere idea, an abstraction, representing merely the dogmas and services of religion.
"The Expositor's Bible: The First Book of Samuel" by W. G. Blaikie
Thus my idea of some particular color, or hardness, or softness, is an abstract.
"Thought-Culture" by William Walker Atkinson

In science:

This presentation is due to Burnside [Bur, p. 464] and Miller [Mil, p. 366] in 1911; Burnside describes it as probably “the most symmetrical form into which the abstract definition [of Sn ] can be thrown”, an idea that is crucial for our use of it in the next section.
Presentations of finite simple groups: a quantitative approach
The idea of a −1-form, Sparling [1, 2] during an attempt to associate an abstract twistor space to any real analytic spacetime obeying vacuum Einstein’s equations.
Generalized forms and vector fields
In essence, the idea of kernels of a pseudoquandle is an abstraction of various concepts introduced in , , and .
Quandle-like Structures From Groups
The basic idea of GE is to abstract the notion of entanglement from a preferred subsystem decomposition and instead tie it to a distinguished set of observables to which one has access (in an appropriately defined sense).
Parameters of Pseudo-Random Quantum Circuits
The idea of a Quillen model structure (cf. [Qui67, Bou77]) is to axiomatize the common features of these different models of homotopy, allowing one to develop the theory in an abstract general setting, and to compare different particular settings.
Type theory and homotopy
The idea is that a type is interpreted as an abstract “space” X and a term x : X ⊢ a(x) : A as a continuous function a : X / /A.
Type theory and homotopy
Since the proof of the general case of Theorem 1 is quite abstract, we start with a discussion of the case n = 2 to give the reader an idea of what is really going on.
On Riemann's Theorem About Conditionally Convergent Series
The idea is to first translate a program from its original language into an abstract form, and then analyze the abstract form; a useful abstraction captures important aspects of the source program, but it is in the nature of abstraction to lose some precision.
Bounded Termination of Monotonicity-Constraint Transition Systems
The current investigation and our results promises the possibility of elevating the SQCM ideas from an abstract theoretical level to practical recipes of experimental eminence.
Sequential quantum cloning under real-life conditions
The development process starts modeling an idea at a high-level of abstraction.
Improving the lifecycle of robotics components using Domain-Specific Languages
The basic idea was to create a validator that is not only able to validate the abstract test suite but also a real test system (tester), i. e., an abstract test suite plus its execution environment plus the glue that is necessary to tie the test suite to the actual system under test.
Formal Test Purposes and The Validity of Test Cases
The history of high-performance computing provides the idea of an abstract MIMD machine model, which is also applicable for modern CMT architectures.
The Multi-Core Era - Trends and Challenges
We will not develop the trace semantics further here for lack of space, but the abstract reformulation of outcomes above gives an idea of the construction: a finite process is interpreted as a linear combination of traces and all basic operations are defined independently of the semiring K.
Quantitative testing semantics for non-interleaving
We are introducing the following ideas with an intentional abstraction, which will prove useful when we begin to look at these ideas in various specific contexts.
A Simple Introduction to Particle Physics Part II
Hence, the agent’s idea of self or identity is in the propagation of a pattern of configuration of building blocks, which can be summed as a set of variable states in an abstract space.
Organization and Complexity in a Nested Hierarchical Spin-Glass like Social Space