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Abstract

Ab`stract´   Pronunciation: #; 277
a.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; existing in the mind only; as, abstract truth, abstract numbers. Hence: ideal; abstruse; difficult.
3.(Logic) Expressing a particular property of an object viewed apart from the other properties which constitute it; - opposed to concrete; as, honesty is an abstract word.
4.Abstracted; absent in mind.
An abstract idea
(Metaph.) an idea separated from a complex object, or from other ideas which naturally accompany it; as the solidity of marble when contemplated apart from its color or figure.
Abstract terms
those which express abstract ideas, as beauty, whiteness, roundness, without regarding any object in which they exist; or abstract terms are the names of orders, genera or species of things, in which there is a combination of similar qualities.
Abstract numbers
(Math.) numbers used without application to things, as 6, 8, 10; but when applied to any thing, as 6 feet, 10 men, they become concrete.
Abstract mathematics
See Mathematics.
v. t.1.To withdraw; to separate; to take away.
2.To draw off in respect to interest or attention; as, his was wholly abstracted by other objects.
3.To separate, as ideas, by the operation of the mind; to consider by itself; to contemplate separately, as a quality or attribute.
4.To epitomize; to abridge.
5.To take secretly or dishonestly; to purloin; as, to abstract goods from a parcel, or money from a till.
6.(Chem.) To separate, as the more volatile or soluble parts of a substance, by distillation or other chemical processes. In this sense extract is now more generally used.
1.To perform the process of abstraction.
I own myself able to abstract in one sense.
- Berkeley.
n.1.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.
An abstract of every treatise he had read.
- Watts.
2.A state of separation from other things; as, to consider a subject in the abstract, or apart from other associated things.
3.An abstract term.
4.(Med.) 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.
Abstract of title
(Law) an epitome of the evidences of ownership.
Noun1.Abstractabstract - a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance; "he loved her only in the abstract--not in person"
Synonyms: abstraction
2.abstract - a sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory
Synonyms: precis, synopsis, outline
Verb1.abstract - consider a concept without thinking of a specific example; consider abstractly or theoretically
2.abstract - make off with belongings of others
3.abstract - consider apart from a particular case or instance; "Let's abstract away from this particular example"
4.abstract - give an abstract (of)
Adj.1.abstract - existing only in the mind; separated from embodiment; "abstract words like `truth' and `justice'"
Antonyms:
concrete - capable of being perceived by the senses; not abstract or imaginary; "concrete objects such as trees"
2.abstract - not representing or imitating external reality or the objects of nature; "a large abstract painting"
3.abstract - based on specialized theory; "a theoretical analysis"
Synonyms: theoretical
4.abstract - dealing with a subject in the abstract without practical purpose or intention; "abstract reasoning"; "abstract science"
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