to shorten (a word or phrase) by omitting letters, substituting shorter forms, etc., so that the shortened form can represent the whole word or phrase, as ft. for foot, ab. for about, R.I. for Rhode Island, NW for Northwest, or Xn for Christian.
to reduce (anything) in length, duration, etc.; make briefer:
to abbreviate a speech.
to use .
Some of the chapters, of which the Greek is lost, have been preserved to us by his abbreviator Moschion.
Surgical Instruments in Greek and Roman Times John Stewart Milne
to shorten (a word or phrase) by contraction or omission of some letters or words
to shorten (a speech or piece of writing) by omitting sections, paraphrasing, etc
to cut short
mid-15c., from Latin abbreviatus, past participle of abbreviare “to shorten” (see abbreviation). Also sometimes 15c. abbrevy, from Middle French abrevier (14c.), from Latin abbreviare. Related: Abbreviated; abbreviating.
serving to or shorten: “IA” is an abbreviatory form of “Iowa.”.
a female given name, form of . Contemporary Examples Abby Haglage went on her own date with the couple to test the bounds of their post-experiment lives. Are the 40 Days Duo Really a Couple? Abby Haglage September 3, 2013 Andrew Borden, his two daughters, Lizzie and Emma, and his wife, Abby, lived in the […]
(defs 1, 3). Trademark. American Broadcasting Companies: a television and radio network. atomic, biological, and chemical: ABC warfare. Advance Booking Charter. Alcoholic Beverage Control. Also, ABC. the alphabet. the basic skills of spelling, reading, and writing: learning the ABC’s in the early grades of school. Also, ABC. the basic or elementary facts, principles, etc., of […]
- Minimal art
a chiefly American style in painting and sculpture that developed in the 1960s largely in reaction against abstract expressionism, shunning illusion, decorativeness, and emotional subjectivity in favor of impersonality, simplification of form, and the use of often massive, industrially produced materials for sculpture, and extended its influence to architecture, design, dance, theater, and music. noun […]