abbreviate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v abbreviate shorten "Abbreviate `New York' and write `NY'"
    • v abbreviate reduce in scope while retaining essential elements "The manuscript must be shortened"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word "Nazi" is actually an abbreviation for Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, which refers to the National Socialist German Workers Party
    • Abbreviate Abbreviated; abridged; shortened. "The abbreviate form."
    • n Abbreviate An abridgment.
    • Abbreviate (Biol) Having one part relatively shorter than another or than the ordinary type.
    • Abbreviate To make briefer; to shorten; to abridge; to reduce by contraction or omission, especially of words written or spoken. "It is one thing to abbreviate by contracting, another by cutting off."
    • Abbreviate (Math) To reduce to lower terms, as a fraction.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the"General Purpose" vehicle, G.P.
    • abbreviate To make briefer; abridge; make shorter by contraction or omission of a part: as, to abbreviate a writing or a word.
    • abbreviate In mathematics, to reduce to the lowest terms, as fractions. Synonyms To shorten, curtail, abridge, epitomize, reduce, compress, condense, cut down.
    • abbreviate To practise or use abbreviation.
    • abbreviate Abbreviated.
    • n abbreviate An abridgment; an abstract.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There is no element on Mendeleev's (the current) periodic table of elements abbreviated, either partially, or fully, with the letter J.
    • v.t Abbreviate ab-brē′vi-āt to make brief or short: to abridge
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Quotations

  • James Boswell
    James Boswell
    “I find I journalize too tediously. Let me try to abbreviate.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. abbreviatus, p. p. of abbreviare,; ad, + breviare, to shorten, fr. brevis, short. See Abridge
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. abbreviāre, -ātumab, intensive, and brevis, short. See Brief.

Usage

In literature:

The alphabet was not disturbed or abbreviated.
"A Romantic Young Lady" by Robert Grant
If those doubtful spellers had known our pleasant abbreviation they would have escaped disaster.
"A Padre in France" by George A. Birmingham
I suspect that you did lay some kind of stress, naturally, on your husband's name, and also on its abbreviation.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
Genetic psychologists pointed out that the natural gesture is an abbreviated act.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
Many considerables abbreviated, n. 6. p. 104. n. 17. p. 301.
"Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society - Vol 1 - 1666" by Various
Don't you understand abbreviations?
"Harper's Young People, April 6, 1880" by Various
ABBREVIATION of the facial bones, i.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
In naming these I abbreviate the titles.
"Great Men and Famous Women, Vol. 7 of 8"
Figures and abbreviations are often used.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
His diary was within reach, and he thought over his abbreviated week-end.
"The Education of Eric Lane" by Stephen McKenna
And we can't know for two or three days unless we abbreviate the trip which all of us would hate to do.
"The Lightning Conductor Discovers America" by C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
It is customary to write, after the name of the plant, the name, or an abbreviation of it, of the person who gave the name.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
A pair of much abbreviated swimming trunks.
"The Trimming of Goosie" by James Hopper
Every boy ought to commit to memory the following abbreviated form of the Scout law.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
The old dean had a code of abbreviations: M.D.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
The translation given below is from the abbreviated text now used in all Danish hymnals.
"Hymns and Hymnwriters of Denmark" by Jens Christian Aaberg
Abbreviated P. D. Found on test curves.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
The abbreviation is put after the name for each.
"Common Science" by Carleton W. Washburne
As if he had been whipped, he curled down his abbreviated tail, and ran and hid himself in his kennel.
"The House in the Water" by Charles G. D. Roberts
I had, in fact, a second reason for abbreviating this letter and sealing it in a hurry.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 20 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
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In poetry:

They gave her hurried shoves this way
And that.
Her body shock-abbreviated
As a city cat.
She lay out listlessly like some small mug
Of beer gone flat.
"Suicide" by Djuna Barnes

In news:

Unsurprisingly, this abbreviated work gives short shrift to much of that story.
NHL should change playoff format in abbreviated season.
Don't confuse abbreviations, and don't give away plot secrets.
Party Chairman Reince Priebus banged the gavel on an abbreviated Monday session as the threat of Tropical Storm Isaac forced the GOP to cram four days of speeches and videos into three.
The vigil will be held at Manchester High from 5 pm to 7 p.m. Manchester's Abbreviated Evergreen Beams Spirit Of Christmas.
Dextromethorphan (abbreviated DM) is the main ingredient in most OTC cough remedies.
Tonight's "Real Housewives of New Jersey" snarkfest will be abbreviated thanks to my MTV Video Music Awards blogging duties and some wench named Irene.
The abbreviated history of world-class Louisiana javelin throwers begins and ends with Breaux Greer, a three-time Olympian and eight-time American champion from Monroe.
Texting lingo is seeping into college papers and correspondence, and faculty members increasingly have expressed irritation about reading acronyms and abbreviations they often do not understand.
Manchester 's Abbreviated Evergreen Beams Spirit Of Christmas.
A snapshot look at an abbreviated NBA schedule on Thursday.
Critics were unhappy with 'drum major' quote abbreviation, saying it made King sound arrogant.
Perrigo on Wednesday announced that it has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration for its abbreviated new drug applications to market over-the-counter nicotine polacrilex mini lozenge USP in both 2-mg and 4-mg strengths.
The food still comes from the bright-red truck outside, which was converted into a kitchen that turns out an abbreviated version of the menu at Outpost 's older Soho sibling, Café Habana.
Many of the words are abbreviations of slang words, such as totes, obvs and whatevs – which are short for totally, obviously and whatever.
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In science:

For a non-Gaussian potential v(φ), we will omit the G in the abbreviations and use chOE, chUE, and chSE, respectively.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
In §2, we sketch the construction of moduli space P of generalized parabolic sheaves (abbreviated to GPS) and construct an ample line bundle on it.
Factorization of generalized theta functions at reducible case
If X = fX ; : : : ; Xk g is a set of random variables and x = (x ; : : : ; xk ), let X = x be an abbreviation for the event X = x \ : : : \ Xk = xk . A random variable is measurable with respect to cps (W; F ; F ; Pl) if X = x  F for all x  R(X ).
Conditional Plausibility Measures and Bayesian Networks
The abbreviations “rand.” and “det.” denote randomized and deterministic algorithms, respectively.
When Can You Fold a Map?
We will say that the event holds asymptotically almost surely (abbreviated a.a.s.), if limn→∞ Pp [Gn ] = 1.
On the mixing time of simple random walk on the super critical percolation cluster
This report is an abbreviated version of a longer one .
Extensive Air Shower Radio Detection: Recent Results and Outlook
A bicomplex scalar (λ, 0), where λ ∈ R, will be abbreviated by just λ in the same way as a real quaternion.
Bicomplex algebra and function theory
The bicomplex number (c, 0), where c ∈ C, has all the properties of the complex number c, yet we shall not use any abbreviation in this case.
Bicomplex algebra and function theory
Pr and P1/n as abbreviations for their positive existential definitions in terms of P1 , these positive existential definitions are valid in any Archimedean ordered Euclidean field.
Discrete versions of the Beckman-Quarles theorem from the definability results of Raphael M. Robinson
Overdots abbreviate ∂/∂u and primes abbreviate ∂/∂ r .
A Conserved Bach Current
L,M (∆ = δ), which we abbreviate to φL,M (δ).
Rigidity of the interface for percolation and random-cluster models
The syntactic abbreviations (cid:4) ϕ and (cid:7) ϕ are of common use in TL.
The temporal calculus of conditional objects and conditional events
In order to save brackets we declare ⊠ to bind stronger than ⊗ but weaker than juxtaposition X Y of ob jects (which abbreviates X ⊗ Y ).
From Subfactors to Categories and Topology II. The quantum double of tensor categories and subfactors
Here {Xi , i ∈ Γ} is a basis of simple objects and we abbreviate di = d(Xi ).
From Subfactors to Categories and Topology II. The quantum double of tensor categories and subfactors
However, we often abbreviate and write ρ = e ⊗ e′ and ρ−1 = E ⊗ E ′ where the summation is implicit.
Bi-oriented Quantum Algebras, and a Generalized Alexander Polynomial for Virtual Links
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