Abstract appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):
- Did rose, gardenia, geranium etc. arts ban an abstract emu in a regained rage (sordid)?
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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun abstract:
Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb abstract:
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- Definition of the noun abstract
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Definition of the noun abstract
What does abstract mean as a name of something?
noun - plural: abstracts
- a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
- example: he loved her only in the abstract--not in person
- lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
- synonym of abstract: abstraction
- more generic words: concept / conception / construct = an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances
- more specific words:
- right = an abstract idea of that which is due to a person or governmental body by law or tradition or nature
- absolute = something that is conceived or that exists independently and not in relation to other things; something that does not depend on anything else and is beyond human control
- teacher = a personified abstraction that teaches
- thing = a special abstraction
- a sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory
- lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
- synonyms of abstract: outline / precis / synopsis
- more generic words: sum-up / summary = a brief statement that presents the main points in a concise form
- more specific words:
Alternative definition of the noun abstract
- An abridgement or summary.
- Something that concentrates in itself the qualities of something else.
- An abstraction; an abstract term.
- [arts] An abstract work of art.
- That which is abstract.
- [medicine] 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.
Definition of the adjective abstract
What does abstract mean as an attribute of a noun?
adjective - degrees: more abstract / abstracter | most abstract / abstractest
- existing only in the mind; separated from embodiment
- example: abstract words like `truth' and `justice'
- antonym: concrete
- similar: conceptional / ideational / notional; conceptual; ideal; ideologic / ideological
- attribute: abstractness = the quality of being considered apart from a specific instance or object
- see also: nonrepresentational; impalpable / intangible
- not representing or imitating external reality or the objects of nature
- dealing with a subject in the abstract without practical purpose or intention
- examples: abstract reasoning | abstract science
- similar: theoretical
Alternative definition of the adjective abstract
- [obsolete] Extracted.
- Considered apart from any application to a particular object; removed from; apart from; separate; abstracted.
- Absent in mind.
- synonym: abstruse
- Apart from practice or reality; not concrete; ideal; vague; theoretical; impersonal.
- Difficult to understand; abstruse.
- [arts] Free from representational qualities.
- [logic] General (as opposed to particular).
- [computing] Of a class in object-oriented programming, being a partial basis for subclasses rather than a complete template for objects.
Definition of the verb abstract
What does abstract mean as a doing word?
verb - inflections: abstracted | abstracting | abstracts
- consider a concept without thinking of a specific example; consider abstractly or theoretically
- make off with belongings of others
Syntactic formula Example for the syntactic formula [Agent - intentional control or organization] [Verb] [Theme] Doug removed the smudges | The men mined the gold [Agent - intentional control or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source] Brian wiped the fingerprints from the counter | Carla shoveled the snow from the walk | Doug removed the smudges from the tabletop
Verbs of Removing (with the same syntax): abolish, cull, deduct, delete, depose, discharge, disengage, disgorge, dislodge, dismiss, draw, eject, eliminate, eradicate, evict, excise, excommunicate, expel, extirpate, extract, extrude, lop, omit, ostracize, oust, partition, pry, reap, remove, retract, separate, sever, shoo, subtract, uproot, winkle, withdraw, wrench.
- lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
- synonyms of abstract: cabbage / filch / hook / lift / nobble / pilfer / pinch / purloin / snarf / sneak / swipe
- more generic terms: rip / rip off / steal = take without the owner's consent
- consider apart from a particular case or instance
- give an abstract (of)
Alternative definition of the verb abstract
- [transitive] To separate; to remove; to take away.
- [transitive] To withdraw.
- [transitive] (euphemistic) To steal; to take away; to remove without permission.
- [transitive] [arts] To create artistic abstractions of.
- [transitive] To summarize; to abridge; to epitomize.
- [transitive] To consider abstractly; to contemplate separately or by itself.
- [transitive] To draw off (interest or attention).
- [transitive] [obsolete] To extract by means of distillation.
- [intransitive] To withdraw oneself; to retire.
- [intransitive] [rare] To perform the process of abstraction.
- [intransitive] [computing] To produce an abstraction, usually by refactoring existing code. Generally used with "out".
- "Abstract" a.k.a. "Abstract?": Abstract is a 2009 animation musical short film directed by Alexei Dmitriev.
- "Abstract" is a 2012 short film written and directed by Hito Steyerl.
- "Abstract" is a short film, directed by Selene Alba.
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Phrases with Abstract
- abstract art
- Abstract Idea
- Abstract Noun
- Abstract Term
- Abstract Verb
- Abstract Model
- abstract artist
- abstract entity
- Abstract Number
- Abstract algebra
- abstract thought
- Abstract Language
- Abstract nonsense
- Abstract of Title
- abstract expressionism
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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Abstract
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English Grammar (1876)
by Richard Morris
The word abstract means drawn off Abstract nouns are so called because they are the names of qualities or states considered apart from the objects to which they belong. We see and speak of a white flower, but we may think and speak of the ...
Analytic Tendencies in English Noun Formation by Alexander Haselow
Introduction Abstract nouns denote entities that cannot be perceived by the sensory organs since they have no physical correlate in the extra-linguistic world. They typically denote purely mental representations, such as emotions (e.g. re nysse ...
by Robert M. Martin
abstract / concrete entities / ideas Abstract entities (sometimes called “abstracta”) are supposed not to be locatable in space or time, not perceptible, without causes or effects, necessarily existing.
by Pauline Brown
Abstract designs can be developed from almost any source. Realistic images can be adapted, reduced, or embellished so that the result only vaguely resembles the original form. Abstract patterns can also be based on geometric shapes, lines ...
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- Abstract Meaning
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Scrabble value of A1B3S1T1R1A1C3T1
The value of this 8-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.
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