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Abstraction is a member of the word family abstract, included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun abstraction

What does abstraction mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: abstractions

  1. a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonym of abstraction: abstract
    • 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
  2. the act of withdrawing or removing something
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: remotion / removal = the act of removing
  3. the process of formulating general concepts by abstracting common properties of instances
  4. an abstract painting
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: painting / picture = graphic art consisting of an artistic composition made by applying paints to a surface
  5. preoccupation with something to the exclusion of all else
  6. a general concept formed by extracting common features from specific examples
    • lexical domain: Tops - unique beginner for nouns
    • synonym of abstraction: abstract entity
    • more generic word: entity = that which is perceived or known or inferred to have its own distinct existence
    • more specific terms:
      • psychological feature = a feature of the mental life of a living organism
      • attribute = an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity
      • grouping / group = any number of entities (members) considered as a unit
      • relation = an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together
      • communication = something that is communicated by or to or between people or groups
      • quantity / measure / amount = how much there is or how many there are of something that you can quantify
      • otherworld = an abstract spiritual world beyond earthly reality
      • set = an abstract collection of numbers or symbols

Alternative definition of the noun abstraction


  1. The act of abstracting, separating, or withdrawing, or the state of being withdrawn; withdrawal.
  2. [philosophy] The act of leaving out of consideration one or more properties of a complex object so as to attend to others; analysis.
  3. An idea or notion of an abstract, or theoretical nature; as, to fight for mere 'abstractions'.
  4. A separation from worldly objects; a recluse life; as, a hermit's 'abstraction'.
  5. Absence or absorption of mind; inattention to present objects.
  6. The taking surreptitiously for one's own use part of the property of another; purloining. - "[Modern]"
  7. [chemistry] A separation of volatile parts by the act of distillation. - Nicholson
  8. [engineering] Removal of water from a river, lake, or aquifer, typically for industrial or agricultural uses.
  9. [computing] Any generalization technique that ignores or hides details to capture some kind of commonality between different instances for the purpose of controlling the intellectual complexity of engineered systems, particularly software systems.
  10. [computing] Any intellectual construct produced through the technique of abstraction.


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  1. "Abstraction" is a painting by Juan Gris, begun in (102 years ago).
  2. "Abstraction" is a painting (oil paint) by Boris Deutsch, begun in (92 years ago).
    • media: oil paint
  3. "Abstraction" is a painting (oil paint) by I. Rice Pereira, begun in (75 years ago).
    • media: oil paint
  4. "Abstraction" is a painting (watercolor paint) by Jean Varda.
    • media: watercolor paint
  5. "Abstraction" is a painting (oil paint) by Alexandre Garbell.
    • media: oil paint
  6. "Abstraction" is an artwork by José T. Joya.
  7. "Abstraction" is an artwork by Marcelle Ferron.


  1. "Abstraction" is a musical album of Saul Stokes.
    • released in (14 years ago)
  2. "Abstraction" is a musical album of Sigillum S.
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  4. "Abstraction" is a musical EP of Shiftless.
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  5. "Abstraction" is a musical album of Soleil.
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  6. "Abstraction" is a musical EP of Ectomorph.
  7. "Abstraction" is a composition.


Abstraction is a record label.


  1. Abstraction is a process by which concepts are derived from the usage and classification of literal concepts, first principles, or other methods. "An abstraction" is the product of this process—a concept that acts as a super-categorical noun for all subordinate concepts, and connects any related concepts as a group, field, or category.
  2. Abstraction: In computer science, abstraction is the process of separating ideas from specific instances of those ideas at work. Computational structures are defined by their meanings, while hiding away the details of how they work. Abstraction tries to factor out details from a common pattern so that programmers can work close to the level of human thought, leaving out details which matter in practice, but are immaterial to the problem being solved. For example, a system can have several abstraction layers whereby different meanings and amounts of detail are exposed to the programmer; low-level abstraction layers expose details of the computer hardware where the program runs, while high-level layers deal with the business logic of the program.
  3. Abstraction in mathematics is the process of extracting the underlying essence of a mathematical concept, removing any dependence on real world objects with which it might originally have been connected, and generalizing it so that it has wider applications or matching among other abstract descriptions of equivalent phenomena. Two of the most highly abstract areas of modern mathematics are category theory and model theory.
    • also known as ภาวะนามธรรม (คณิตศาสตร์)
  4. Abstraction: Typically, abstraction is used in the arts as a synonym for abstract art in general.
  5. Abstraction: The term abstraction has a number of uses in the field of linguistics. It can denote a process in the development of language, whereby terms become used for concepts further removed from the objects to which they were originally attached. It can also denote a process applied by linguists themselves, whereby phenomena are considered without the details that are not relevant to the desired level of analysis.
  6. Abstraction: Sociological Abstraction refers to the varying levels at which theoretical concepts can be understood. This idea is very similar to the philosophical understanding of abstraction. There are two basic levels of sociological abstraction: sociological concepts and operationalized sociological concepts.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Abstraction

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Google previewFractal Architecture (2012)

Organic Design Philosophy in Theory and Practice by James Harris

By definition, abstraction is the act of drawing the essentials of a phenomenon to understand its essential nature.41...

Perceptual abstraction is a positive realization of precision ...

Google previewThe tooth that nibbles at the soul (2014)

essays on music and poetry by Marshall Brown

Abstraction is the antithesis of thought because it is the movement of thought. The premise of...

Abstraction is an identity, if only we can find it.

Google previewPsychology (2016)

by Cram101 Textbook Reviews

Abstraction: Abstraction is a process by which concepts are derived from the usage and classification of literal concepts, first principles, or other methods. 'An abstraction' is the product of this processa concept that acts as a supercategorical ...

Google previewModel Driven Engineering Languages and Systems (2008)

11th International Conference, MoDELS 2008, Toulouse, France, September 28 - October 3, 2008, Proceedings by Krzysztof Czarnecki, Ileana Ober, Jean-Michel Bruel, Axel Uhl, Markus Völter

Abstraction is a cognitive means by which engineers, mathematicians and others deal with complexity.

Google previewThe Metaphysics of World Order (2015)

A Synthesis of Philosophy, Theology, and Politics by Nicolas Laos

abstraction is a process by which just part of an existing definition is used itself as a new definition; the new definition is called abstraction, and it is said to have been 'abstracted away from' the existing definition. copi and cohen ...

Google previewPractical Foundations for Programming Languages (2016)

by Robert Harper

The problem with procedural abstraction is that it does not provide as much insulation as one might like.

Type abstraction is a powerful method for limiting the dependencies among the modules that constitute a program. It is very useful in ...

Google previewOutlines of mental and moral science (1853)

by David Stuart (D.D.)

Abstraction and Generalization. Abstraction is the power which the mind possesses of ...

Google previewEncyclopedic Dictionary of Hydrogeology (2011)

by D. J. Poehls, Gregory J. Smith

Abstraction is the simplest type of stream capture, in which the stream having the more rapid erosive action drains water from the competing stream. Water abstraction is that part of precipitation that does not become direct runoff, but is ...

Google previewRadical Decision Making (2014)

Leading Strategic Change in Complex Organizations by D. Hruška

Abstraction is a thinking process that allows us to deliver our message in a very concise way. The simplicity is achieved by going through many iterations of the problem solving process until we recognize the few most important elements of the ...

Google previewUnderstanding FOSS Version 4.0n

by K.S.Sampathkumar, K.S.Sampathkumar Coimbatore India

Abstraction refers to the modeling of essential aspects, behavior, and characteristics of real-world problems and entities,

An implementation of such an abstraction is the realization of that data and the interfaces which go along with it. Such a ...

Google previewThe World of the Imagination (1993)

Sum and Substance by Eva T. H. Brann

It is the atemporal species, the fixed, generic, invisible looks of things: 7, H The major abstraction is the idea of man More fecund as principle than as particle, The major abstraction is the commonal, The inanimate, difficult visage.

Google previewThe American Catholic Quarterly Review ... (1883)

One fundamental abstraction is that which was for a moment before referred to, namely, the abstraction of the nature — the " thatness," so to speak — of a thing, for its...

Google previewA History of Intelligence and 'Intellectual Disability' (2013)

The Shaping of Psychology in Early Modern Europe by C F Goodey

Hence, abstraction is an operational component of the faculty of intellectus or understanding: “The uncorrupted understanding...

Google previewA Blake Dictionary (2013)

The Ideas and Symbols of William Blake by S. Foster Damon

An ABSTRACTION is a generalization based on reality, but which when substituted for reality becomes hostile to humanity. In Blake's writings, '*abstract” usually can be translated "non-human.” It is "opposed to the Visions of Imagination” (J ...

Google previewDictionary of philosophical terms (1997)

by Elmar Waibl

Abstraktion, idealisierende Abstraktlon, idealisierendefs idealizing abstraction ( Husrerl) (log, Ian) Abstraktion, isolierende f ' isolating abstraction (Husrerl) (log, Ian) Abstraktion, mathematlsche f ' mathematical abstraction (mat) Abstraktion, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Parallel Computing (2011)

by David Padua

The dependence level abstraction used by Allen [ ] is even simpler. The only constraints that can be used for the components ofd are c = and c ≥ . Other intermediate abstractions include the dependence vector abstraction of Sarkar et al.

Google previewThe Dictionary of Human Geography (2011)

by Derek Gregory, Ron Johnston, Geraldine Pratt, Michael Watts, Sarah Whatmore

abstraction. Methodologically, abstraction involves the conceptual isolation of (a partial aspect of) an object. During the QUANTITATIVE REVOLUTION, abstraction was seen as the starting-point for the construction of spatial MODELS, but few ...

Google previewThe Marx Dictionary (2011)

by Ian Fraser, Lawrence Wilde

abstraction 21 a movement from the general to the particular or concrete. For Marx the scientifically correct method is the ascent from the simple relations, such as labour, division of labour, need, exchange value, to the level of the state, ...

Google previewThe Grove Encyclopedia of American Art (2011)

by Joan M. Marter

Fox Eccentric abstraction The use of organic abstract form in sculpture evoking the gendered body through an emphasis on process and materials. Lucy Lippard coined the term for an ...

Google previewDictionary of Visual Discourse (2016)

A Dialectical Lexicon of Terms by Barry Sandywell

See Absolute; Existentialism ABSTRACTION 1. From abstractio (abs, 'away from' and traho, to lead): to lead or draw away from some phenomenon. One of the most powerful inventions of the human species, the discovery of schematization ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Philosophical Logic (2009)

by Roy T. Cook

See also: Abstraction, Mathematical Abstractionism, Nominalism, Platonism ABSTRACTION1 The process by which we come to understand universal representations of particular objects (that is, universals) by attending only to those things the ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia Britannnica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General Literature (1890)

No such harmony, however, exists regarding the nature of the product of abstraction ; for that is the subject- matter of Nominalism and Realism, which has produced more controversy, and stimulated to more subtlety of thought, than any other ...

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Every good composition is above all a work of abstraction. All good painters know this. But the painter cannot dispense with subjects altogether without his work suffering impoverishment. (Diego Rivera)
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