truncate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj truncate terminating abruptly by having or as if having an end or point cut off "a truncate leaf","truncated volcanic mountains","a truncated pyramid"
    • v truncate make shorter as if by cutting off "truncate a word","Erosion has truncated the ridges of the mountains"
    • v truncate approximate by ignoring all terms beyond a chosen one "truncate a series"
    • v truncate replace a corner by a plane
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Truncate Appearing as if cut off at the tip; as, a truncate leaf or feather.
    • v. t Truncate To cut off; to lop; to maim.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • truncate To reduce in size or quantity by cutting; cut down; maim.
    • truncate In crystallography, to cut off an angle or edge by a plane section.
    • truncate Truncated. Specifically— In botany, appearing as if cut short at the tip by a transverse line, as the leaf of the tulip-tree, Liriodendron Tulipifera.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Truncate trung′kāt to cut off: to lop: to maim
    • adjs Truncate appearing as if cut off at the tip: ending in a transverse line
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Quotations

  • Andrea Dworkin
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    “Poetry, the genre of purest beauty, was born of a truncated woman: her head severed from her body with a sword, a symbolic penis.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. truncatus, p. p. of truncare, to cut off, mutilate, fr. truncus, maimed, mutilated, cut short. See Trunk
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. truncāre, -ātumtruncus.

Usage

In literature:

Others, composed of hundreds of tons of earth, shaped like a tortoise, with truncated mounds all around it.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 5, No. 5, May, 1864" by Various
It was in the form of a truncated cross, a cross without a foot, rounded at the summit, holding out two square arms, with a door at either end.
"En Route" by J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
Its central structure is a steep truncated cone capped like the West Temple.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
Most brilliants to-day are cut practically round and the form is that of two truncated cones placed base to base.
"A Text-Book of Precious Stones for Jewelers and the Gem-Loving Public" by Frank Bertram Wade
The resulting sound seems truncated, cut short, or incomplete.
"A Handbook of the English Language" by Robert Gordon Latham
As we neared the dark, truncated cone the vessel's speed was diminished until we barely moved.
"The Gods of Mars" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Truncated, bounded by an arc of sky, the black finger followed the murderer in his flight remorselessly.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930" by Various
A truncated cone of flame leaped downward.
"Slaves of Mercury" by Nat Schachner
It may be described as a cylinder, placed upon a truncated cone.
"Architectural Antiquities of Normandy" by John Sell Cotman
In the seventh figure (g) the wing is truncate.
"A Critique of the Theory of Evolution" by Thomas Hunt Morgan
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In poetry:

But best of all are the words that shape the leaves –
Orbicular, cordate, cleft and reniform –
And their venation – palmate and parallel –
And tips – acute, truncate, auriculate.
"Learning the Trees" by Howard Nemerov

In news:

We knew the Los Angeles Lakers were old before they began this truncated 2011-12 season.
Remember the hullabaloo over the misleadingly truncated quote on the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial.
4 Pinocchios for a truncated, 14-year- old Obama clip on 'redistribution.
The USDA official's firing came after a conservative blogger posted her truncated comments to the NAACP that, 24 years ago, she didn't help a white farmer as much as she could have.
The first portion of Reyna's remarks is truncated.
A truncated email exchange between John Lynch and Port Commissioner Scott Peters.
4 Pinocchios for a truncated , 14-year-old Obama clip.
Congress finishes up truncated schedule to campaign full-time.
Drive-in scheme caused truncated embarrassment.
The festival's artistic director, John Manzelli, is already telling us that in addition to being a truncated "Summer Shorts," the 2011 revue is also fresher and sexier.
Tungsten Preparation — Balled, Pointed, or Truncated.
You've heard about Twitter--that curious, strangely addictive social-networking technology that facilitates torrents of truncated messages among millions of users.
The tactic truncates Senate debate and curtails minority rights.
Utah Valley Rallies From Brink To Brutally Truncate UTPA Volleyball's Win Streak.
"FIs need to end their drug-like dependency on using full or truncated SSNs for authentication purposes," said Phil Blank, Managing Director, Security, Risk, and Fraud at Javelin, in a prepared statement.
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In science:

In fact, truncated unitary matrices represent only a particular case of random contractions ˆA.
Spectra of Random Contractions and Scattering Theory for Discrete-Time Systems
Such a truncation will also be the main difficulty in obtaining our results6 .
Fluctuations of the free energy in the REM and the p-spin SK models
But due to the truncation, the expectation of the exponent involved in this term is much smaller than etmpN .
Fluctuations of the free energy in the REM and the p-spin SK models
More formally, one may introduce a truncated Einstein tensor C in the first approximation.
Gravitational radiation, energy and reaction on quasi-spherical black holes
The truncated equations form an effectively twodimensional system, to be integrated independently at each angle of the sphere.
Gravitational radiation, energy and reaction on quasi-spherical black holes
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