Etymology: Established 1400"50. From late abbreviacioun, from abréviation, from Latin, abbreviÄtiÅn, from ab "from" + brevis "short" + -ion "action".
- A shortened or contracted form of a word or phrase, used to represent the whole: Dr.
- The act or result of shortening or reduce, reducing.
- (music) One or more dashes through the stem of a note, dividing it respectively into quavers, semiquavers, demi-semiquavers, or hemi-demi-semiquavers.
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