• WordNet 3.6
    • n abscission the act of cutting something off
    • n abscission shedding of flowers and leaves and fruit following formation of scar tissue in a plant
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Abscission (Rhet) A figure of speech employed when a speaker having begun to say a thing stops abruptly: thus, “He is a man of so much honor and candor, and of such generosity -- but I need say no more.”
    • Abscission The act or process of cutting off. "Not to be cured without the abscission of a member."
    • Abscission The state of being cut off.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n abscission The act of cutting off; severance; removal.
    • n abscission The act of putting an end to; the act of annulling or abolishing. Sir T. Browne.
    • n abscission Retrenchment.
    • n abscission The sudden termination of a disease by death. Hooper, Med. Dict.
    • n abscission In rhetoric, a figure of speech consisting in a sudden reticence, as if the words already spoken made sufficiently clear what the speaker would say if he were to finish the sentence: as, “He is a man of so much honor and candor, and such generosity—but I need say no more.”
    • n abscission In astrology, the cutting off or preventing of anything shown by one aspect by means of another.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Abscission act of cutting off, or state of being cut off:
    • n Abscission (rhet.) a figure of speech in which the words demanded by the sense are left unsaid, the speaker stopping short suddenly
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. abscissio,. See Abscind
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. abscindo; ab, off, scindo, to cut.


In literature:

The abscisses represent the times, and the ordinates the amperes.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 514, November 7, 1885" by Various
Axe des abscisses Datum line.
"English-French and French-English dictionary of the motor car, cycle, and boat" by Frederick Lucas

In news:

This image of Lily Pond, taken during sunrise at Pike County Park on October 20, shows the process of abscission as trees cut off moisture and nutrients to its leaves in preparation of shedding them.

In science:

The abscissæ of the two graphs correspond to the same time interval.
The Emergence of Modularity in Biological Systems
One remarks that all the specific heat curves of the Fig. 5 match exactly for the abscisse U /kT .
Quantum Monte Carlo Simulation of the two-dimensional ionic Hubbard model
The abscissæ represent the smallest system size taken into account (with small offsets for clarity).
Critical Exponents for the Metal--Insulator Transition in Disordered Systems