Definition of Abstract
1. Noun. A concept or idea not associated with any specific instance. "He loved her only in the abstract--not in person"
Specialized synonyms: Right, Absolute, Teacher, Thing
Generic synonyms: Concept, Conception, Construct
2. Verb. Consider a concept without thinking of a specific example; consider abstractly or theoretically.
Derivative terms: Abstraction, Abstraction, Abstraction, Abstractive
3. Adjective. Existing only in the mind; separated from embodiment. "Abstract words like `truth' and `justice'"
Similar to: Conceptional, Ideational, Notional, Conceptual, Ideal, Ideologic, Ideological
Also: Nonrepresentational, Impalpable, Intangible
Derivative terms: Abstractness
4. Noun. A sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory.
Generic synonyms: Sum-up, Summary
Specialized synonyms: Brief, Apercu, Epitome
Derivative terms: Outline, Precis, Synoptic
5. Verb. Make off with belongings of others. "They abstract the money "
Generic synonyms: Steal
Derivative terms: Cabbage, Lifter, Pilferage, Pilferer
6. Adjective. Not representing or imitating external reality or the objects of nature. ; "A large abstract painting"
Similar to: Nonrepresentational
Derivative terms: Abstractness, Abstractionist
7. Verb. Consider apart from a particular case or instance. "Let's abstract away from this particular example"
8. Adjective. Dealing with a subject in the abstract without practical purpose or intention. "Abstract science"
9. Verb. Give an abstract (of).
Definition of Abstract
1. a. Withdraw; separate.
2. v. t. To withdraw; to separate; to take away.
3. v. t. To perform the process of abstraction.
4. n. That which comprises or concentrates in itself the essential qualities of a larger thing or of several things. Specifically: A summary or an epitome, as of a treatise or book, or of a statement; a brief.
Definition of Abstract
1. Noun. An abridgement or summary. ¹
2. Noun. Something that concentrates in itself the qualities of larger item, or multiple items. ¹
3. Noun. An abstraction; an abstract term; that which is abstract. ¹
4. Noun. A summary title of the key points detailing a tract of land, for ownership; abstract of title. ¹
5. Noun. (context: arts) An abstract work of art. ¹
6. Noun. (context: 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. ¹
7. Adjective. (archaic) Absent-minded. ¹
8. Adjective. Considered apart from any application to a particular object. ¹
9. Adjective. Difficult to understand; abstruse. ¹
10. Adjective. Insufficiently factual.(reference-book last = first = authorlink = coauthors = editor =Gove, Philip Babcock others = title = Webster's Third International Dictionary of the English Language Unabridged origdate = origyear = 1909 origmonth = url = format = accessdate = accessyear = accessmonth = edition = date = year =1976 month = publisher =G. & C. Merriam Co. location = Springfield, MA language = id = doi = isbn =0-87779-101-5 lccn = ol = pages =8 chapter = chapterurl = quote =) ¹
11. Adjective. Not concrete; ideal. ¹
12. Adjective. A number or a unit that does not relate to an actual thing; ¹
13. Adjective. (archaic) Drawn away; removed from; apart from; separate. ¹
14. Adjective. Apart from practice or reality; vague; theoretical; impersonal. ¹
15. Adjective. (context: arts) Free from representational qualities. ¹
16. Adjective. (context: music) Absolute. ¹
17. Adjective. (context: dance) Lacking a story. ¹
18. Adjective. (context: logic) General (as opposed to particular). ¹
19. Adjective. (context: computing) Of a class in object-oriented programming, being a partial basis for subclasses rather than a complete template for objects. ¹
20. Verb. (context: transitive) To separate; to remove; to take away; withdraw. ¹
21. Verb. (context: transitive) To consider abstractly; to contemplate separately or by itself. ¹
22. Verb. (context: transitive) To summarize; to abridge; to epitomize. ¹
23. Verb. (context: transitive) To draw off (interest or attention). ¹
24. Verb. (context: transitive euphemistic) To steal; to take away; to remove without permission. ¹
25. Verb. (context: transitive arts) To create artistic abstractions of. ¹
26. Verb. (context: transitive obsolete) To extract by means of distillation. ¹
27. Verb. (context: intransitive rare) To perform the process of abstraction. ¹
28. Verb. (context: intransitive fine arts) To create abstractions. ¹
29. Verb. (context: intransitive) To withdraw oneself; to retire. ¹
30. Verb. (context: intransitive computing) To produce an abstraction, usually by refactoring existing code. Generally used with "out". ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
Definition of Abstract
1. difficult to understand [adj -STRACTER, -STRACTEST] / to take away [v -ED, -ING, -S]
Medical Definition of Abstract
1. Withdraw; separate. "The more abstract . . . We are from the body." (Norris)
2. Considered apart from any application to a particular object; separated from matter; exiting in the mind only; as, abstract truth, abstract numbers. Hence: ideal; abstruse; difficult.
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Literary usage of Abstract
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1. Publications by English Dialect Society (1878)
"Septembers abstract. [Other short remembrances for September. ... Marches abstract [and at the ende therof, the names of the ..."
2. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke (1894)
"The mind, as has been shown, has a power to abstract its ideas, abstract and so ... Now each abstract idea one of being distinct, so that of any two the one ..."
3. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1908)
"Without abstract terms generalization can reach but a low level ; and at its higher ... A step beyond the ordinary comprehension and correct use of abstract ..."
4. A Treatise of Human Nature: Being an Attempt to Introduce the Experimental by David ( Hume (1890)
"Of abstract Ideas. A very material question has been started concerning abstract or general ideas, whether they be general or particular in ..."
5. How We Think by John Dewey (1910)
"Few who read and hear it gain a and abstract clear conception of the starting-point, the concrete; of the nature of the goal, the abstract; and of the exact ..."
6. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1873)
"In all these cases abstract ideas are expressed by pictures addressed to the ... The mere substitution of a concrete or phrase for an abstract one :— IHs ..."