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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun abstraction:


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


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  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 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 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 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 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 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 previewThe American Catholic Quarterly Review (1883)

by James Andrew Corcoran, Patrick John Ryan, Edmond Francis Prendergast

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 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 ...

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 previewRadical Decision Making: Leading Strategic Change in Complex Organizations (2014)

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 previewSpatial Cognition II (2000)

Integrating Abstract Theories, Empirical Studies, Formal Methods, and Practical Applications by Christian Freksa, Wilfried Brauer, Christopher Habel, Karl F. Wender

Abstraction is the key for the generation of qualitative representations from observed data. This paper deals with the conversion of motion data into qualitative representations, and it presents a new generalization algorithm that abstracts from ...

Google previewImage-Based Fractal Description of Microstructures (2003)

by J.M. Li

Object abstraction is a technique that concerns the object segmentation, classification and recognition. In the quantitative analysis of...

Therefore, object abstraction is an important step for these two kinds of microstructural features. 3.2 .1 Edge ...

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 previewDictionary of Logic as Applied in the Study of Language (2013)

Concepts/Methods/Theories by W. Marciszewski

a logical symbol binding a variable, is called the abstraction operator if it transforms a sentential formula into a name of the set of those things which satisfy that formula. Let the formula be represented by Q(x). Then the name of ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Literary Devices (1991)

Gradus, A-Z by Bernard Marie Dupriez

Abstraction Rl: The absence of an abbreviating period will have been noted in the above examples; abridgement is an audible, rather than a graphic, device. This type of metaplasm* is much used in the formation of pet names; for instance, ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Descartes and Cartesian Philosophy (2003)

by Roger Ariew

ABSTRACTION. A common thesis in scholastic theories of the mind was that the intellectual faculty (often called the agent intellect) was capable of separating out or abstracting certain contents from perception, thereby framing general notions.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Video Games: A-L (2012)

by Mark J. P. Wolf

abstraction Video games emerged at a time when abstract art was in vogue, although the abstraction found in early games was typically the result of technical limitations rather than deliberate artistic choice. As technology improved, designers ...

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, ...

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Dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is no mere translation or abstraction from life, it is life itself. (Havelock Ellis)
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