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Definition of Abbreviation


  1. The act of shortening, or reducing.
  2. The result of abbreviating; an abridgment.
  3. The form to which a word or phrase is reduced by contraction and omission; a letter or letters, standing for a word or phrase of which they are a part; as, Gen. for Genesis; U.S.A. for United States of America.
  4. One dash, or more, through the stem of a note, dividing it respectively into quavers, semiquavers, or demi-semiquavers.

Abbreviation Translations

abbreviation in Dutch is afkorting
abbreviation in Italian is abbreviamento
abbreviation in Norwegian is forkortelse
abbreviation in Portuguese is abreviatura
abbreviation in Spanish is acortamiento, abreviatura