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Definition of the noun abbreviation

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noun - plural: abbreviations

  1. a shortened form of a word or phrase
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic terms: descriptor / form / signifier / word form = the phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something
    • more specific words:
      • apocope = abbreviation of a word by omitting the final sound or sounds
      • initialism = an abbreviation formed from the initial letters of the several words in the name and pronounced separately
  2. shortening something by omitting parts of it
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: shortening = act of decreasing in length


Abbreviation of the compass direction.

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Google previewBryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words (2013)

A Writer's Guide to Getting It Right by William Bryson

abbreviations, contractions, acronyms. Abbreviation is the general term used to describe any shortened word. Contractions and acronyms are types of abbreviation.

Google previewComputational Linguistics and Intelligent Text Processing (2011)

12th International Conference, CICLing 2011, Tokyo, Japan, February 20-26, 2011. Proceedings by Alexander Gelbukh

When a popular abbreviation is an acronym (e.g. NASA, AIDS), the phonetically equivalent word in Arabic is a borrowed word (NASA-L.A., AIDS-5-4). When a popular abbreviation is an ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Literary Devices (1991)

Gradus, A-Z by Bernard Marie Dupriez

Exx: USA, AD, BC, MA, NJ Rl: Abbreviation is a metaplasm* and should be distinguished from abridgement*.

Google previewLegal Information (1999)

How to Find It, how to Use it by Kent C. Olson

Because each language has its own section, however, knowing the language of an abbreviation is a necessary first step.

Google previewSkill Booster Series: Abbreviations

by Remedia Publications

An abbreviation is a shortened form of a word or ©Remedia Publications Abbreviations 7 Name.

Google previewHer Ladyship's Guide to Queen's English (2013)

by Caroline Taggart

Although few people other than grammarians now make this distinction, an abbreviation is a shortened form of a word or words inwhichtheending is missing –examfor examination, gym for gymnasium, DVD for digital video disc, etc. – whereas ...

Google previewScientific English: A Guide for Scientists and Other Professionals (2011)

A Guide for Scientists and Other Professionals, Third Edition by Robert A. Day, Nancy Sakaduski

Blickle DEFINITIONS The word abbreviation refers to any shortened form of a word or a phrase. An acronym is an abbreviation of a special type that abounds in technical and scien- tific writing.

Google previewDictionary of Confusable Words (2000)

by Adrian Room

abbreviation is any short form of a.

Google previewRed Hat Linux Networking and System Administration (2006)

by Terry Collings, Kurt Wall

Strictly speaking, the DBV abbreviation refers to the DVB standard that defines the encoding characteristics of broadcast digital video streams. For more information about DVB, see the Linux TV Web site at If you intend to use a ...

Google previewPierio Valeriano on the Ill Fortune of Learned Men (1999)

A Renaissance Humanist and His World by Pierio Valeriano, Julia Haig Gaisser

The abbreviation refers to the text of the present edition.

Google previewKnowledge-intensive Conceptual Retrieval of Biomedical Literature (2008)

by Wei Zhou

An abbreviation is a short form of a word or phrase used in place of the corresponding long-form. The biomedical literature is growing by over 900,000 articles per year (Stead et al., 2005), which makes it hard for thesauruses such as the ...

Google previewPolymer Technology Dictionary (1994)

by Tony Whelan

An abbreviation sometimes used is N. May be measured in joules per second or watts. l joule per second is one watt. Also used is horsepower. The units of power are mIZ/t3 - see unit dimensions. power factor See dissipation factor. power law ...

Google previewSzycher's Dictionary of Biomaterials and Medical Devices (1992)

by Michael Szycher

PU Abbreviation for Poly ur ethane . Pull Strength The bond strength of an adhesive joint, obtained by pulling in a direction perpendicular to the surface of the layer. Pultrusion In reinforced plastics, the technique in which continuous strands of ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Finance and Banking (2008)

by Jonathan Law, John Smullen

IASB Abbreviation for *International Accounting Standards Board. IBBR Abbreviation for Inter Bank Bid Rate. See LONDON INTER BANK BID RATE. IBCA Abbreviation for International Banking Credit Agency. See FITCH RATINGS , LTD.

Google previewDictionary of Nautical Acronyms and Abbreviations (2006)

by Donald Launer

Restr an abbreviation used in NOAA charts to indicate restricted. Rf an abbreviation used in NOAA charts to indicate reef. rf or RF radio frequency or radio frequencies is that portion of the electromagnetic spectrum between audio frequencies ...

Google previewElsevier's Dictionary of Acronyms, Initialisms, Abbreviations and Symbols (2003)

by Fioretta. Benedetto Mattia

Italian abbreviation meaning: period. per. (abbr.) perito. Italian abbreviation meaning: expert. P/E(R) Price-Earning Ratio. Management. PER Program Event Recording. Data Communications. PER Protein Efficiency Ratio. Nutrition.

Google previewDictionary of Video and Television Technology (2002)

by Keith Jack, Vladimir Tsatsulin

A&E Abbreviation for Arts and Entertainment cable channel. A.F. Abbreviation for audio frequency. A/D Short for analog-to-digital converter. A/D converter Short for analog-to-digital converter. A/PAL An early version of PAL used in Ireland and ...

Google previewThe Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia: Supplement (1910)

by William Dwight Whitney

An abbreviation (a) of King's College; (6) of King's Counsel; (c) of Knight of the Crescent (Turkey). K. 0. H. An abbreviation of Knight...

An abbreviation of Knight Commander of St. Michael and St. George (Ionian Islands) . K. 0.

Google previewDesk Encyclopedia of Microbiology (2010)

by Moselio Schaechter

CJD The abbreviation for Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease of humans. It is the most common prion disease in humans; it occurs sporadically or can be inherited as in fatal familial insomnia (FFI) or Gerstmann–Stra ̈ußler– Scheinker (GSS) ...

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Tear away my punctuation
Slowly remove my capitals
Indulge in wanton abbreviation
Then what is left is all
That remains of language
In the email. (David Keig)
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Scrabble value of A1B3B3R1E1V4I1A1T1I1O1N1

The value of this 12-letter word is 19 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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