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noun 
  1. An abridgement or summary.
    • w:Watts, Watts " An of every treatise he had read.
      1. Something that concentrates in itself the qualities of something else.
    • w:Ford, Ford " Man, the Of all perfection, which the workmanship Of Heaven hath modeled.
      1. An abstraction; an
      2. Adjective, abstract term.
      3. An abstract work of art.
      4. That which is abstract.
    • w:John Stuart Mill, John Stuart Mill " The concretes "father" and "son" have, or might have, the abstracts "paternity" and "filiety".
      1. (medicine) A powdered solid extract of a vegetable substance mixed with sugar of milk in such proportion that one part of the abstract represents two parts of the original substance.
Translations: 
  • Dutch: uittreksel
  • French: abstract
  • German: Auszug , Zusammenfassung
  • Italian: estratto , sunto , compendio
verb 
  1. (transitive) To separate; to remove; to take away.
    • w:Walter Scott, Walter Scott - He was incapable of forming any opinion or resolution abstracted from his own prejudices.
      1. (transitive) To withdraw.
      2. (transitive) (euphemistic) To steal; to take away; to remove without permission.
    • w:W. Black, W. Black - Von Rosen had quietly abstracted the bearing-reins from the harness.
      1. (transitive) To create artistic abstractions of.
      2. (transitive) To summarize; to abridge; to epitomize.
      3. (transitive) To consider abstractly; to contemplate separately or by itself.
      4. (transitive) To draw off (interest or attention).
      He was wholly abstracted by other objects.
    • w:William Blackwood, William Blackwood, Blackwood's Magazine - The young stranger had been abstracted and silent.
      1. (transitive) (obsolete) To extract by means of distillation.
      2. (intransitive) To withdraw oneself; to retire.
      3. (intransitive) (rare) To perform the process of abstraction.
    • w:Berkeley, Berkeley - I own myself able to in one sense.
      1. (intransitive) (computing) To produce an abstraction, usually by refactoring existing code. Generally used with "out".
      He abstracted out the square root function.
Translations: 
  • Dutch: abstraheren
  • French: abstraire
  • Italian: astrarre
    (trans-mid)
  • German: abstrahieren
adjective 
  1. (obsolete) extract, Extracted.
  2. Considered apart from any application to a particular object; removed from; apart from; separate; abstracted.
    • 17th century: w:Norris, Noris, The Oxford Dictionary - The more we are from the body ... the more fit we shall be to behold divine light.
      1. Absent in mind.
      2. Apart from practice or reality; not concrete; ideal; vague; theoretical; impersonal.
      3. Difficult to understand; abstruse.
      4. Free from representational qualities.
      5. (logic) general, General (as opposed to particular).
    • w:John Stuart Mill, John Stuart Mill - A concrete name is a name which stands for a thing; an name which stands for an attribute of a thing. A practice has grown up in more modern times, which, if not introduced by Locke, has gained currency from his example, of applying the expression " name" to all names which are the result of abstraction and generalization, and consequently to all general names, instead of confining it to the names of attributes.
Translations: 
  • Dutch: algemeen
  • French: abstrait
    (trans-mid)
  • Italian: astruso
  • German: abstrakt

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