• WordNet 3.6
    • n abbreviation shortening something by omitting parts of it
    • n abbreviation a shortened form of a word or phrase
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the"General Purpose" vehicle, G.P.
    • Abbreviation (Mus) One dash, or more, through the stem of a note, dividing it respectively into quavers, semiquavers, or demi-semiquavers.
    • Abbreviation The act of shortening, or reducing.
    • Abbreviation The form to which a word or phrase is reduced by contraction and omission; a letter or letters, standing for a word or phrase of which they are a part; as, Gen. for Genesis; U.S.A. for United States of America.
    • Abbreviation The result of abbreviating; an abridgment.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There is no element on Mendeleev's (the current) periodic table of elements abbreviated, either partially, or fully, with the letter J.
    • n abbreviation The act of abbreviating, shortening, or contracting; the state of being abbreviated; abridgment.
    • n abbreviation A shortened or contracted form; a part used for the whole. Specifically, a part of a word, phrase, or title so used; a syllable, generally the initial syllable, used for the whole word; a letter, or a series of letters, standing for a word or words: as, Esq. for esquire; A. D. for Anno Domini; F. R. S. for Fellow of the Royal Society.
    • n abbreviation In mathematics, a reduction of fractions to the lowest terms.
    • n abbreviation In music, a method of notation by means of which certain repeated notes, chords, or passages are indicated without being written out in full. There are various forms of abbreviation, the most common of which are here shown: Synonyms Abbreviation, Contraction. An abbreviation of a word is strictly a part of it, generally the first letter or syllable, taken for the whole, with no indication of the remaining portion: as, A. D. for Anno Domini; Gen. for Genesis; mathematics for mathematics; Alex. for Alexander. A contraction, on the other hand, is made by the elision of certain letters or syllables from the body of the word, but in such a manner as to indicate the whole word: as, recd. payt. or rec'd pay't for received payment; contd. for contracted or continued; Wm. for William. In common usage, however, this distinction is not always observed.
    • n abbreviation Other marks of abbreviation are: One indicating that a rest is to extend for several measures, and consisting either of a general character in the staff with a figure above, or simply of a figure in the staff denoting the intended number of measures, thus
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The origins of the soldier term "G.I." is an abbreviation for "Government Issue," which was stamped on all government kits supplied to recruits in the US Army during World War II
    • ns Abbreviation a shortening, a part of a word put for the whole
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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. abbreviatio,: cf. F. abbréviation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. abbreviāre, -ātumab, intensive, and brevis, short. See Brief.


In literature:

Besides, no one of them ever spoke to Tory without using her abbreviated title.
"The Girl Scouts in Beechwood Forest" by Margaret Vandercook
Here a poor fisherman lived, Tommaso Aniello, generally called by the abbreviated name of Masaniello.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11" by Various
To-day, the outlines of the mass of the Chateau de Vincennes are considerably abbreviated from their former state.
"Royal Palaces and Parks of France" by Milburg Francisco Mansfield
The regular variations between the three manuscripts and variations of abbreviation, when well evidenced, may be eliminated.
"Commentary Upon the Maya-Tzental Perez Codex" by William E. Gates
Issued in paper boards backed with cloth, with the title-page, slightly abbreviated, reproduced upon the front cover.
"A Bibliography of the writings in Prose and Verse of George Henry Borrow" by Thomas J. Wise
The job was quickly done, for the breakfast service was very abbreviated.
"The Desert Fiddler" by William H. Hamby
The abbreviation for complement of latitude, or what it is short of 90 deg.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The Auto-extensor Co. addresses itself to the abbreviated editions of humanity.
"Marge Askinforit" by Barry Pain
The following are some of the signs and abbreviations met with in German hotels catering for stranger automobilists.
"The Automobilist Abroad" by M. F. (Milburg Francisco) Mansfield
Abbreviated, the circle reads R, YR, Y, GY, G, BG, B, PB, P, RP.
"A Color Notation" by Albert H. Munsell

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:

Real estate interests have a habit of rechristening neighborhoods into inelegant abbreviations that drive copy editors crazy: NoHo, NoLIta, ProCro.
"This program is an abbreviated version of the two-day Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) program," Winslow explained.
The Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ will celebrate Palm Sunday on April 17 with three worship services at 7:45, 9 and 11 am The 7:45 am service is an abbreviated chapel service.
As a student at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Joe Pug (or Joe Pugliese, in his pre-abbreviated undergrad days) was focused on becoming a playwright, not a songwriter.
Generic manufacturer Apotex has received the green light from the FDA for its abbreviated new drug application for a generic version of Plavix (clopidogrel bisulfate).
I got an abbreviated cardio workout when I shocked at the postage to mail gifts.
In a recent paper, Ferraris, Lee and Lifschitz conjectured that the concept of a stable model of a first-order formula can be used to treat some answer set programming expressions as abbreviations.
New Jersey Gov Chris Christie speaks to the media before the start of the abbreviated first day of the Republican National Convention.
Abbreviations for block copolymer and thermoplastic elastomer are proposed to be added to this list of terminology and abbreviations.
On an abbreviated "A Passion for Opera" we hear a performance by Patricia Neway, an excerpt from Janá?ek's The Cunning Little Vixen , and a Mystery Voice Quiz.
As the first company to file an abbreviated new drug application for this product, Teva has been awarded a 180-day period of marketing exclusivity.
You were too long and contextual for this abbreviated world.
The abbreviated and paraphrased version of the line sparked controversy in 2011.
The abbreviated and paraphrased version of the line sparked controversy in 2011 when acclaimed poet and author Maya Angelou said it made the civil rights leader appear to be arrogant.
They saw an abbreviated performance by touring dance company Ailey II.

In science:

We will abbreviate R dJ dθ p(J, θ)f (θ, J ) = hf (J, θ)iJ,θ .
Diagonalization of replicated transfer matrices for disordered Ising spin systems
Let us abbreviate the displayed definiens, i.e. the open sentence with v as its only free variable, as F (v).
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
If M is TPr for all r then M is total ly positive, abbreviated TP.
Correction to a theorem of Schoenberg
We abbreviate limn→∞ [f (n)− g (n)] = 0 by f (n) n→∞−→ g (n) and say f converges to g , without implying that limn→∞g (n) itself exists.
Universal Convergence of Semimeasures on Individual Random Sequences
Let us abbreviate the term on the right hand side by K (µ) where µ = (µx )x∈B .
Annealed deviations of random walk in random scenery