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abstract

Definitions

adjective

 (ˈæbstrækt Pronunciation for
  1. having no reference to material objects or specific examples; not concrete
  2. not applied or practical; theoretical
  3. hard to understand; recondite; abstruse
  4. denoting art characterized by geometric, formalized, or otherwise nonrepresentational qualities
  5. defined in terms of its formal properties   ⇒ an abstract machine
  6. (philosophy) (of an idea) functioning for some empiricists as the meaning of a general term   ⇒ the word 'man' does not name all men but the abstract idea of manhood

noun

 (ˈæbstrækt Pronunciation for
  1. a condensed version of a piece of writing, speech, etc; summary
  2. an abstract term or idea
  3. an abstract painting, sculpture, etc
  4. See in the abstract

verb

 (æbˈstrækt Pronunciation for (transitive)
  1. to think of (a quality or concept) generally without reference to a specific example; regard theoretically
  2. to form (a general idea) by abstraction
  3.  (ˈæbstrækt Pronunciation for (also intransitive) to summarize or epitomize
  4. to remove or extract
  5. (euphemistic) to steal

Word Origin

C14: (in the sense: extracted): from Latin abstractus drawn off, removed from (something specific), from abs- ab-1 + trahere to draw

Translations for 'abstract'

  • British English: abstractPronunciation for abstract An abstract idea or way of thinking is based on general ideas rather than on real things and events....abstract principles such as justice.ˈæbstrækt ADJECTIVE
  • Arabic: نَظَرِيّPronunciation for نَظَرِيّ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: abstratoPronunciation for abstrato abstrata
  • Chinese: 抽象的Pronunciation for 抽象的
  • Croatian: apstraktanPronunciation for apstraktan apstraktna
  • Czech: abstraktníPronunciation for abstraktní
  • Danish: abstraktPronunciation for abstrakt
  • Dutch: abstractPronunciation for abstract
  • European Spanish: abstractoPronunciation for abstracto abstracta
  • Finnish: abstraktiPronunciation for abstrakti
  • French: abstraitPronunciation for abstrait
  • German: abstraktPronunciation for abstrakt
  • Greek: θεωρητικόςPronunciation for θεωρητικός θεωρητική
  • Italian: astrattoPronunciation for astratto astratta
  • Japanese: 抽象的なPronunciation for 抽象的な
  • Korean: 추상적인Pronunciation for 추상적인
  • Norwegian: abstraktPronunciation for abstrakt
  • Polish: abstrakcyjnyPronunciation for abstrakcyjny abstrakcyjna
  • Portuguese: abstractoPronunciation for abstracto abstracta
  • Romanian: abstract abstractă, abstracți, abstracte
  • Russian: абстрактныйPronunciation for абстрактный абстрактная
  • Spanish: abstractoPronunciation for abstracto abstracta
  • Swedish: abstraktPronunciation for abstraktdiffus
  • Thai: ที่เป็นนามธรรมPronunciation for ที่เป็นนามธรรม
  • Turkish: soyutPronunciation for soyut
  • Ukrainian: абстрактний
  • Vietnamese: trừu tượngPronunciation for trừu tượng
  • British English: abstract An abstract is an abstract work of art. NOUNHis abstracts are held in numerous collections.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: abstrato
  • Chinese: 抽象作品
  • European Spanish: cuadro abstracto
  • French: résumé
  • German: abstraktes Kunstwerk
  • Italian: opera astratta
  • Japanese: 抽象芸術作品
  • Korean: 추상화
  • Portuguese: abstrato
  • Spanish: cuadro abstracto

Example Sentences Including 'abstract'

All in the sacred name of that abstract conception called Justice - which meant something different to each person anyway.
Aird, Catherine A Dead Liberty
Bede had the relative security of a monastery within which to fashion such abstract ideas.
Peter Stanford HEAVEN: A Traveller's Guide to the Undiscovered Country (2002)
Cantor lawyer Charles Bear told the court laws couldn't be used to set abstract standards of behaviour.
Globe and Mail (2003)
He survived the Depression and painted some of the finest abstract murals in Roosevelt's WPA.
Independent (1998)
In fact, mathematics could be regarded as a highly abstract , formal language which was merely a part of the universal syntax.
Zindell, David The Broken God
Mr Yurko's business brain stretches to more abstract matters too, however.
Independent (1999)
The volunteers were first trained to hunger for the foods at the sight of the abstract fractal images.
New Scientist (2003)
Universal design, once just a matter of complying with an abstract code, has become a personal reality.
Globe and Mail (2003)
Words could help, yes, but only when death was long past, abstract.
Telushkin, Josef The Unorthodox Murder of Rabbi Moss

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