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The Definition of - abbreviations (noun)

    noun
    1.
    a shortened or contracted form of a word or phrase, used to represent the whole, as Dr. for Doctor, U.S. for United States, lb. for pound.
    2.
    an act of abbreviating; state or result of being abbreviated; reduction in length, duration, etc.; abridgment; summary:
    His abbreviation of his famous monograph, an enormous endeavor in itself, made an excellent introduction to the volume of collected essays of which he was the editor.
    3.
    a short phrase or reduced form used to represent a larger, more complex idea, situation, set of beliefs, etc.: “Freedom of speech” has become an abbreviation for a wealth of debate—and case law—about protesters' rights.
    The artist presented an abbreviation of line, plane, and curve; she creates breathtaking abstract representations of bodies you expect to leap off the canvas and start dancing.

Word Example of - abbreviations

    Example Sentences for abbreviations

    The characteristic soundings are shown on the chart, with abbreviations indicating the nature of the bottom.

    All the abbreviations used in this plate are readily understood.

    There are many other signs and abbreviations used in works on the various sciences.

    A list of abbreviations to be used was given in the Library journal, Vol.

    The list of abbreviations and signs in many of the principal dictionaries may be studied with profit.

    Details about abbreviations and reconstructions are given at the end of the text.

    Perhaps, after all, abbreviations were sometimes tolerable, and names like Arabella and Constantia were rather long.

    The metric symbols are treated as abbreviations but the chemical symbols are not.

    S-4-S and S-2-S are abbreviations for surface four sides and surface two sides.

    The names of book sizes (12mo 16mo) are not regarded as abbreviations.

Word Origin & History of - abbreviations

    Word Origin & History

    abbreviation mid-15c., from M.Fr. abréviation, from L.L. abbreviationem (nom. abbreviatio), from pp. of abbreviare "make brief," from L. ad "to" + breviare "shorten," from brevis "short, low, little, shallow" (see brief (adj.)).