• WordNet 3.6
    • n abridgement a shortened version of a written work
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Abridgement contraction: shortening of time, labour or privileges: a compendium of a larger work: an epitome or synopsis:
    • ns Abridgement (law) the leaving out of certain portions Of a plaintiff's demand, the writ still holding good for the remainder
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  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “Every abridgement of a good book is a fool abridged.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. abregier (Fr. abréger)—L. abbreviāre. See Abbreviate.


In literature:

One downright error which infects the standard abridgement is wholly avoided.
"Shakespeare and the Modern Stage" by Sir Sidney Lee
He often abridges his predecessors, but this is not his invariable rule.
"Life of St. Francis of Assisi" by Paul Sabatier
"Charlotte Bronte and Her Circle" by Clement K. Shorter
This translation is abridged and Protestantized.
"Christmas in Ritual and Tradition, Christian and Pagan" by Clement A. Miles
Goldsmith also did numerous Abridgements of the Old and New Testaments, Robinson Crusoe, Pamela, Clarissa Harlow, Sir Chas.
"Banbury Chap Books" by Edwin Pearson
My taking this particular path does not in the least abridge others from prosecuting different views, wherever they may see an opening.
"A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume I." by Jacob Bryant
If any substitute for a full translation is desired, this abridgment will serve.
"A Mother's List of Books for Children" by Gertrude Weld Arnold
See Prynne's preface to Cotton's Abridg.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part B. From Henry III. to Richard III." by David Hume
The parliament abridged these privileges.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part C. From Henry VII. to Mary" by David Hume
This abridged concordance has had an enormous sale among all classes, both at home and abroad.
"Western Worthies" by J. Stephen Jeans
This story, which I have not abridged, is a well-known Sclavonic legend.
"The Hero of Esthonia and Other Studies in the Romantic Literature of That Country" by William Forsell Kirby
He abridged the liberty of the soldiers, and of course straitened the arm of the Lord.
"The Loyalists, Vol. 1-3" by Jane West
The hare is described and named by Mr. W. T. Blanford, and from his full description I have abridged the above short notice.
"Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon" by Robert A. Sterndale
Here is an abridgment of one of these stories.
"Russian Fairy Tales" by W. R. S. Ralston
Surely we have been abridged into a race of pigmies.
"The Biglow Papers" by James Russell Lowell
Galerie chret., abridgment of Crespin, ii.
"The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Henry Martyn Baird
This pair of words therefore illustrates Inclusion by Genus and Species, indicated by the abridgement, In.
"Assimilative Memory" by Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 62, No. 384, October 1847" by Various
Now compendiously abridged, and made of more use; with very considerable Improvements.
"On the Portraits of English Authors on Gardening," by Samuel Felton
Marriage had not abridged his immeasurable remoteness, nor touched his incorruptible refinement.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair

In poetry:

Your lands, with force or cunning got,
Shrink to the measure of the grave;
But Death himself abridges not
The tenures of almighty thought,
The titles of the wise and brave.
"The Landlord" by James Russell Lowell
Perhaps no spot upon this sphere,
Has charms for me more sacred, dear,
Than those of old Poundridge;
I love her hills, her lakes, her streams,
Her rural haunts, where Nature teems
With joys naught can abridge.
"Poundridge, N. Y." by Jared Barhite

In news:

To cure your post-election blues, you must go bust a gut at "The Complete History of America, Abridged ," presented by Lee Street Theater.
Lee Street Theatre presents 'The Complete History of America ( Abridged )'.
Lee Street Theatre stages "The History of America, Abridged ".
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare ( Abridged ).
The Complete World of Sports ( Abridged ) is an entertaining take on the international obsession with competitive sports.
From the Times to the Tomes: An Abridged History of Thanksgiving.
MHS performance of "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare ( Abridged )".
Scenes from the dress rehearsal for MHS students' performance of "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare ( Abridged )" Monday, March 1.
Photograph by Sandy Underwookd WATCH OUT FOR FLYING BOOKS: Mick Orfe, Brent Tubbs and Michael Faulkner (from another production) juggle some big ideas in a hurry in All the Great Books '( abridged ).
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare ( abridged ).
And Sun Valley Shakespeare Presents The Bible: The Complete Word of God ( Abridged ).
Coyote Drama Productions ready with Shakespearean abridgement .
He first books I ever abridged were romances, novels as fantastic as Jules Verne with their relentless, requited love.
How a God Finds Art (the Abridged Version).
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged).

In science:

This is an abridged version of this table; the full table will be available upon publication from NASA’s Astrophysical Data Center (ADC) and from the Centre de Donn´ees astronomiques de Strasbourg (CDS).
The peculiar motions of early-type galaxies in two distant regions - II. The spectroscopic data
Both sections are in the nature of an abridged review, and the reader is referred to the original articles of Mattuck and Matsumoto et al. for details.
Hysteretic phenomena in many-body physics
Diogenes Laertius describes him as the very courageous man: “He, wishing to put an end to the power of Nearches, the tyrant (some, however, call the tyrant Diomedon), was arrested, as we are informed by Heraclides, in his abridgment of Satyrus.
Zeno meets modern science
In Table I we present an abridged version of the tests that were defined in Sec.
Alignment tests for low CMB multipoles
Text Summarization is the process of distilling the most important information from a source (or sources) to produce an abridged version for a particular user and task .
Statistical Automatic Summarization in Organic Chemistry
Write R = (G, Λ, N ) and denote its simple generators as S and abridgement R a as (G, Λ′ , N ′ ).
Groupoids, root systems and weak order I
The forgetful functor P also obviously factors through abridgement A to define the functor P′ such that P = P′A.
Groupoids, root systems and weak order I
Note that the abridgement of any faithful, complete protorootoid satisfies the hypotheses.
Groupoids, root systems and weak order I
Suppose that R = (G, Λ, N ) is a faithful, complete, abridged protorootoid.
Groupoids, root systems and weak order I
Proposition 7.1 applies to the abridgement R a of any complete rootoid R .
Groupoids, root systems and weak order I
Let R = (G, Λ, N ) be a rootoid. (a) If R is interval finite, complete and connected, then G is finite. (b) If R is cocycle finite, complete, abridged and connected, then it is finite. (c) If R is principal, complete, abridged and connected, then it is finite.
Groupoids, root systems and weak order I
Portions of the results presented here were published in abridged form in and .
Generalized Error Exponents For Small Sample Universal Hypothesis Testing
Some proofs are abridged, and some are omitted.
Equisingularity, Multiplicity, and Dependence
This paper is a revised and abridged version of my PhD thesis [H], which was supported by a Sloan Dissertation Fellowship, and earlier by a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship.
Reidemeister torsion in generalized Morse theory
In this talk I first give a highly abridged account of EFT as applied to nuclear physics. I then discuss what may be called a “symbiotic” relation between EFT and SNPA.
Electroweak Probes and Nuclear Effective Field Theory