abduct

Definitions

  • Abduction
    Abduction
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v abduct pull away from the body "this muscle abducts"
    • v abduct take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom "The industrialist's son was kidnapped"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Abduct To draw away, as a limb or other part, from its ordinary position.
    • Abduct To take away surreptitiously by force; to carry away (a human being) wrongfully and usually by violence; to kidnap.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • abduct To lead away or carry off surreptitiously or by force; kidnap.
    • abduct In physiology, to move or draw away (a limb) from the axis of the body, or (a digit) from the axis of the limb: opposed to adduct.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Abduct ab-dukt′ to take away by fraud or violence
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Quotations

  • Harry Graham
    Harry Graham
    “Weep not for little Leonie, abducted by a French Marquis. Though loss of honor was a wrench, just think how it's improved her French.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. abductus, p. p. of abducere,. See Abduce
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. abducĕre. See Abduce.

Usage

In literature:

You are about to abduct Farmer Nye's slave!
"Cruel As The Grave" by Mrs. Emma D. E. N. Southworth
He would not go unless he were abducted!
"The Fifth Ace" by Douglas Grant
When Frank carried Fido back to his mistress, he thought it his duty to tell Mrs. Leroy of the attempt to abduct the favorite.
"The Telegraph Boy" by Horatio Alger, Jr.
He was not consciously concerned about the distress Don Loris might feel over the abduction of his daughter.
"The Pirates of Ersatz" by Murray Leinster
Brick's abduction threw light on some things that had been mysteries before.
"The Camp in the Snow" by William Murray Graydon
He resolved rather at once to risk his own personal safety in the quieter plan of abduction which he had formed.
"Capitola's Peril" by Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth
He is a fugitive, having killed an Austrian soldier, to revenge an intended abduction of his daughter.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
It was in one of these abductions that he worked his own undoing.
"Myths & Legends of our New Possessions & Protectorate" by Charles M. Skinner
Nevertheless, he anticipated no supreme obstacle to the actual abduction.
"Jack O' Judgment" by Edgar Wallace
He was astounded by the suddenness of this abduction.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
At one of the places they touched at, Thompson, with the aid of Kelly, abducted a handsome young Maori girl.
"Rídan The Devil And Other Stories" by Louis Becke
Consequently, the abduction must have taken place in broad daylight, on a busy road, in the very heart of the town!
"The Blonde Lady" by Maurice Leblanc
Half-conscious as she was, she was struggling to prevent the abduction.
"The Green Rust" by Edgar Wallace
One day her telephone rang and his anguished voice told her he'd been abducted, and if she told the police he would be tortured to death.
"Space Platform" by Murray Leinster
Rushing is a cross between proposing to a girl and abducting a coyote.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
Since they don't stick at assassination, they won't at abduction.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
He was joined there by Private Myers who had been abducted in the same way.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
He wished he had abducted her.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Before the men who had abducted the Osage maiden could get their boat out of the little cove, Totantora reached the stern of it.
"Ruth Fielding on the St. Lawrence" by Alice B. Emerson
And was it not equally idle to dream of an abduction by stealth?
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
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In poetry:

"Remember Ettenheim - abduction of great fame;
"Do not hurry your task.
"But be like Chereas who in the shadows came
Alone, silent, in mask.
"They Say:" by Victor Marie Hugo

In news:

Traditional history says Patrick was abducted in Britain and taken to Ireland as a slave.
A Streamwood man was charged Sunday with abducting another man while armed with a sawed-off shotgun .
In the Jessica Ridgeway abduction and murder case in Colorado and the Autumn Pasquale killing in - 8:30 am.
'Abduction' review: What is John Singleton doing directing this second-rate action film.
Child-abduction stories are the stuff of parents' nightmares.
It's Mozart's comic romp, Abduction from the Seraglio , but instead of setting it in the 18th century, this tale takes place right after World War I and it pays homage to the early Hollywood era of silent pictures.
Ex-Saratoga County Sheriff's dispatcher gets 8 years for abduction, sex act .
It's a ghoulish tale to rival Hannibal Lecter: A police officer using a law enforcement database creates a list of scores of women he plots to abduct, kill and — in ways he describes in sickening detail — eat.
The main lyric-writer is Michal Kov á?, who shares his name not only with the first Slovak president but also his son, who was, infamously, abducted by the secret services in 1995, at the height of the Me ?
A longtime Clay County detective who was part of the investigative team that led to the arrest and conviction in the abduction and killing of 7-year-old Somer Thompson in 2009 has died.
Somer Thompson, 7, was abducted in 2009 as she walked home from school in Orange Park, Fla.
Marco Antonio Avila Garcia, 39, had been abducted Thursday from a car wash. His body was found Friday in a plastic bag.
CIA Torture Genocide brainwash Rendition Abduction interrogations Blacklist Unemployment Mobbing Stalking Racism Terrorism crime Jewmerica Amnesty International United Nations communism humanism Avsec Bostjan.
An alleged attempted abduction of a Greenville ISD student on Wednesday turned out to be a false alarm, an investigation showed.
CRIME Abducted squirrel monkey found at Stern Grove.
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In science:

Probabilistic reasoning. A ma jor strength of the SP system is its support for probabilistic ‘deduction’ in one step or via chains of reasoning, abductive reasoning, and nonmonotonic reasoning with default values (Wolff, 1999b).
Towards an Intelligent Database System Founded on the SP Theory of Computing and Cognition
Our method then subsumes a variety of tasks: Computation of uniform interpolants, QBF and SAT solving, as well as computation of certain forms of abductive explanations, of propositional circumscription, and of stable models, as will be outlined below.
Computing with Logic as Operator Elimination: The ToyElim System
User Defined Logic Operators – An Example of Abduction.
Computing with Logic as Operator Elimination: The ToyElim System
With the gwsc operator certain abductive tasks can be expressed.
Computing with Logic as Operator Elimination: The ToyElim System
The approach of computation with logic by elimination leads to a system that provides a uniform user interface covering many tasks, like satisfiability checking, computation of abductive explanations and computation of models for various logic programming semantics.
Computing with Logic as Operator Elimination: The ToyElim System
Indeed, in the global as view approach one way to formalize this reduction is as a simple form of abductive reasoning [109].
Information Integration and Computational Logic
This system is implemented on the ECLiPSe parallel constraint logic programming environment and relies on techniques of abduction and constraint propagation.
Information Integration and Computational Logic
The mediation engine’s main inference is implemented by means of a resolution based abductive procedure in the Constraint Logic Programming language of ECLiPSe .
Information Integration and Computational Logic
Infomaster contains a model-elimination resolution theorem for abduction which acts as a workhorse for the query planning process.
Information Integration and Computational Logic
As such the logical techniques of negation by failure, default reasoning and abduction could be useful in addressing this problem.
Information Integration and Computational Logic
In particular, constructive abduction that allows non-ground hypotheses seems to be well suited for query reduction under incomplete information.
Information Integration and Computational Logic
The approach of [199], uses the agent architecture of Kowalski and Sadri together with techniques of abduction.
Information Integration and Computational Logic
Abduction compared with negation by failure.
Applications of Intuitionistic Logic in Answer Set Programming
A note to the reader: You will not see any reference here to alien abductions, UFOs, or visiting aliens building the pyramids. I leave such topics to those with “interesting” mindsets.
Astrophysics in 2006
Good science is abductive, not hypothetico-deductive.
Caveats for using statistical significance tests in research assessments
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