• WordNet 3.6
    • n abbreviator one who shortens or abridges or condenses a written work
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The abbreviation Xmas for the word Christmas is of Greek origin. Since the word for Christ in the Greek language is Xristos, which starts with the letter "X," they started putting the X in place of Christ and came up with the short form for the word Christmas
    • Abbreviator One of a college of seventy-two officers of the papal court whose duty is to make a short minute of a decision on a petition, or reply of the pope to a letter, and afterwards expand the minute into official form.
    • Abbreviator One who abbreviates or shortens.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The word "Nazi" is actually an abbreviation for Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, which refers to the National Socialist German Workers Party
    • n abbreviator One who abbreviates, abridges, or reduces to a smaller compass; specifically, one who abridges what has been written by another.
    • n abbreviator One of a number of secretaries in the chancery of the pope who abbreviate petitions according to certain established and technical rules, and draw up the minutes of the apostolic letters. They formerly numbered 72, of whom the 12 principal were styled de majori parco (literally, of the greater parquet, from the parquet in the chancery where they wrote) and 22 others de minori parco (of the lesser parquet), the remainder being of lower rank. The number is now reduced to 11, all de majori parco. They sign the apostolic bulls in the name of the cardinal vice-chancellor. The abbreviator of the curia is a prelate not belonging to the above college, but attached to the office of the apostolic datary (see datary); he expedites bulls relating to pontifical laws and constitutions, as for the canonization of saints, and the like.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the"General Purpose" vehicle, G.P.
    • Abbreviator one who abbreviates
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  • James Boswell
    James Boswell
    “I find I journalize too tediously. Let me try to abbreviate.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL.: cf. F. abbréviateur,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. abbreviāre, -ātumab, intensive, and brevis, short. See Brief.


In literature:

Nothing is gained in the end by unduly abbreviating these.
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 461" by Various
For simplicity I have given the modern English form of each Christian name and expanded the abbreviations used by the official compilers.
"The Romance of Names" by Ernest Weekley
Write the table on the black-board and teach the abbreviations.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Management" by Ministry of Education
There was obviously an intentional tinge of satire in this unusual abbreviation.
"Labrador Days" by Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
The longer stories you will abbreviate in telling, and the children will still further shorten them.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
These notes were in Latin, much abbreviated, and had evidently been made in great haste.
"The House of Souls" by Arthur Machen
She looked like a Kewpie in her abbreviated bathing suit, with water wings fastened to her back.
"The Cricket" by Marjorie Cooke
The first bit of information that the Shawanoe could gather for a time was that the Indian of abbreviated stature came from the north.
"Deerfoot in The Mountains" by Edward S. Ellis
The abbreviations used in Appendix H. apply to this Roll.
"The 28th: A Record of War Service in the Australian Imperial Force, 1915-19, Vol. I" by Herbert Brayley Collett
Captains' gigs are distinguished by the name or abbreviation of their ships surcharged by an arrow.
"The Armed Forces Officer" by U. S. Department of Defense
I know we have always pronounced the word Fat'-ee-may, and that is where Flix got the foundation for his abbreviation.
"Asiatic Breezes" by Oliver Optic
Knights are granted arms and may use "Knight of the Imperium" (abbreviated KI) with their names.
"Concordance" by Ann Wilson
The letters undoubtedly were abbreviations.
"The Girl and The Bill" by Bannister Merwin
The abbreviated service, cut down one-half, attracted no attention, and scarcely a copy was sold.
"Benjamin Franklin, A Picture of the Struggles of Our Infant Nation One Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
They were the abbreviated condensations of three dossiers.
"Occasion for Disaster" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Do not abbreviate names of cities, as Kazoo, Frisco, St. Joe.
"The Style Book of The Detroit News" by The Detroit News
She was even referred to as Miss Prissy, a term that was probably intended to be an abbreviation of Priscilla.
"Gabriel Tolliver" by Joel Chandler Harris
Mere abbreviations or shorthand will suffice.
"Applied Psychology: Driving Power of Thought" by Warren Hilton
The possessive case, diphthongs, slang words, abbreviations, and contractions are not allowable.
"Harper's Round Table, October 15, 1895" by Various
Some suppose travertin to be an abbreviation of trasterverino from transtiburtinus.
"Principles of Geology" by Charles Lyell

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:

Actually, for meter's sake, he said it in an abbreviated form (" five-drug mini/I popped 'bout I forgot about how many "), but the nickname stuck.
Many have heard of the term hemoglobin A1c (abbreviated HBA1c), but what exactly does it mean.
RIGHT-WING THANKSGIVING This must be an abbreviated file today for I am about to leap into the breech of the pre-Thanksgiving travel mosh-pit.
In lexicographical usage, the abbreviation "(n)" means the word being defined is a noun.
The definitions provided above, however, are all adjectival, abbreviated "(adj)" in most dictionaries.
My coverage last week of the city's new incentives strategy for multifamily housing was abbreviated for print.
Ed Dickson had an abbreviated practice Saturday, but it wasn't his choice.
Because a smaller portion of the breast is irradiated , treatment courses can often be abbreviated, and techniques such as conformal external beam, catheter- or balloon-based brachytherapy, and intra-operative radiation have been developed.
Abbreviated day (8:00 to 11:00 a.m.) Buses will run.
When you create an abbreviation using a Date & Time replacement you must choose a format that it should appear in.
When you first launch RoboType you will see a dialog asking if you'd like to import your abbreviations from a previous version of RoboType.
Abbreviated TMC, is a Japanese multinational automaker headquartered in Toyota , Aichi, Japan.
World War II, or the Second World War (often abbreviated as WWII or WW2), was a global war that was underway by 1939 and ended in 1945.
World of Warcraft (often abbreviated as WoW) is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) by Blizzard Entertainment.
One of the latest of these wonderful abbreviations is WiFi.

In science:

An abbreviated version of the table is shown here for guidance as to its form and content.
The Extended Chandra Deep Field-South Survey. Chandra Point-Source Catalogs
An abbreviated version of the table is shown here for guidance as to its form and content.
The Extended Chandra Deep Field-South Survey. Chandra Point-Source Catalogs
The terms particle filtering or Sequential Monte Carlo (henceforth abbreviated to SMC), refer to a class of techniques which have demonstrated a strong potential for signal and image processing applications , .
Comparison of Resampling Schemes for Particle Filtering
As the basic example, we consider the Gaussian Unitary (Invariant) Ensemble of random matrices that is usually abbreviated as GUE.
Estimates for moments of random matrices with Gaussian elements
The custom tailored version for our purposes reads as follows.1 We abbreviate Λ := Λn−2 .
Lattices generated by skeletons of reflexive polytopes
We shall refer to M(a,b) (θ) as a truncated MGF which is an abbreviation for the MGF of a truncated random variable, and similar terminology is used for other quantities such as the CGF.
Saddlepoint approximation for moment generating functions of truncated random variables
Accordingly, the special (divergence free) subalgebra of a vectorial algebra g is denoted by sg, e.g., vect(n|m) and svect(n|m) abbreviated for p > 0 to W (n|m) and S(n|m); the superscript (1) (never ′ ) singles out the derived algebra — the traceless ideal. 2.2.
Structures of G(2) type and nonintegrable distributions in characteristic p
Furthermore we use the abbreviated notation B (r) = Br = B (r; 0).
Pluricomplex charge at weak singularities
Here we suppress, for the sake of abbreviation, writing the initial data in the notation of the tra jectory.
Wave field correlations in weakly mismatched random media
Moreover, given x ∈ M we shall write xk as an abbreviation of πk (x, −x).
Theory of Amalgamated Lp Spaces in Noncommutative Probability
Moreover, given x ∈ M we shall write xk as an abbreviation of πk (x, −x).
Theory of Amalgamated Lp Spaces in Noncommutative Probability
Notation and abbreviations. — We write eξE (g )[Y → Z ] for [Y → Z, ξ , g ].
Constructible exponential functions, motivic Fourier transform and transfer principle
Moreover, the advent of the Internet and introduction of the Extensible Markup Language, abbreviated XML, started the development of schema languages (cf., for example, (Duckett, et al, 2001; Van Der Vlist, 2004)).
Mathematical Models in Schema Theory
We use the abbreviations γ ′ = γ q+1 , γ ′′ = γ 2q−1 for γ ∈ F .
Presentations of finite simple groups: a quantitative approach
We abbreviate P(X J σJ ≥ N λJ ) by pJ (N ) (λ is kept fixed through this proof ).
On a nonhierarchical version of the generalized random energy model