side by side; beside each other in a line:
They walked two abreast down the street.
equal to or alongside in progress, attainment, or awareness (usually followed by of or with):
to keep abreast of scientific developments; keeping abreast with the times.
alongside each other and facing in the same direction
foll by of or with. up to date (with); fully conversant (with)
mid-15c., on brest, from a- (1) + breast (n.); the notion is of “with breasts in line.” To keep abreast in figurative sense of “stay up-to-date” is from 1650s.
a shelter, especially a dugout. Archaeology. a rock shelter formed by the overhang of a cliff and often containing prehistoric occupation deposits. Historical Examples abri la boca para decir algo en consonancia con tan maravilloso pensamiento; pero slo exhal un suspiro. Doa Perfecta Benito Prez Galds The charcoal calcined by this abri, has been found […]
to shorten by omissions while retaining the basic contents: to abridge a reference book. to reduce or lessen in duration, scope, authority, etc.; diminish; curtail: to abridge a visit; to abridge one’s freedom. to deprive; cut off. Contemporary Examples At the right time and in the right dose, it can ease and abridge economic maladies. […]
to shorten by omissions while retaining the basic contents: to abridge a reference book. to reduce or lessen in duration, scope, authority, etc.; diminish; curtail: to abridge a visit; to abridge one’s freedom. to deprive; cut off. Contemporary Examples Undaunted, Jason translated that himself too — which he then abridged. The Voice of Proust David […]
a shortened or condensed form of a book, speech, etc., that still retains the basic contents: an abridgment of Tolstoy’s War and Peace. the act or process of . the state of being . reduction or curtailment: abridgment of civil rights. Contemporary Examples Those words are an abridgment and paraphrase of this assessment by the […]