shortened; made briefer:
the rain led to an abbreviated picnic.
(of clothing) scanty; barely covering the body:
an abbreviated bathing suit.
const-tuting a shorter or smaller version of:
the large car was an abbreviated limousine.
to shorten (a word or phrase) by omitting letters, subst-tuting 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 .
pallone found this unconscionable, particularly in an abbreviated two-month campaign.
frank pallone’s uphill fight ben jacobs august 4, 2013
not that the government was admitting any of this during its abbreviated and often delayed press briefings.
gun-toting ranchers defeat feds john l. smith april 15, 2014
peter morvyn in 1558 translated an abbreviated version into english, and edition after edition was called for.
encyclopaedia britannica, 11th edition, volume 15, slice 5 various
many of the words were abbreviated, and there were some arbitrary signs.
beauty and the beast, and tales from home bayard taylor
besides, no one of them ever spoke to tory without using her abbreviated t-tle.
the girl scouts in beechwood forest margaret vandercook
his diary was within reach, and he thought over his abbreviated week-end.
the education of eric lane stephen mckenna
the overnight visitor’s wife appeared from the house in abbreviated skirts, and wearing formidable shin-guards.
mr. britling sees it through h. g. wells
the headings of table 18 have been abbreviated for clarity on small screens.
the toxicity of caffein william salant
he was a big man, with a big face, clean shaven except for a pair of abbreviated side whiskers.
the squire’s daughter archibald marshall
in subsequent editions the t-tle was abbreviated to kreuter bch.
herbals, their origin and evolution agnes arber
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.
- Abbreviated dialing
noun a telephone service which allows storing frequently called numbers in a list with -ssigned codes, for quick and easy telephoning; also called speed dialing examples use abbreviated dialing for local ten-digit dialing or to store any number up to 20 digits.
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. 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 […]
serving to or shorten: “ia” is an abbreviatory form of “iowa.”.
- 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 m-ssive, industrially produced materials for sculpture, and extended its influence to architecture, design, dance, theater, and music. noun […]
- Abc algol
abc algol language an extension of algol 60 with arbitrary data structures and user-defined operators, for symbolic mathematics. [“abc algol, a portable language for formula manipulation systems”, r.p. van de riet, amsterdam math centrum 1973]. (1994-10-28)