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Definition of Abstract

Abstract

  1. Withdraw; separate.
  2. Considered apart from any application to a particular object; separated from matter; existing in the mind only; as, abstract truth, abstract numbers. Hence: ideal; abstruse; difficult.
  3. Expressing a particular property of an object viewed apart from the other properties which constitute it; -- opposed to concrete; as, honesty is an abstract word.
  4. Resulting from the mental faculty of abstraction; general as opposed to particular; as, "reptile" is an abstract or general name.
  5. Abstracted; absent in mind.
  6. To withdraw; to separate; to take away.
  7. To draw off in respect to interest or attention; as, his was wholly abstracted by other objects.
  8. To separate, as ideas, by the operation of the mind; to consider by itself; to contemplate separately, as a quality or attribute.
  9. To epitomize; to abridge.
  10. To take secretly or dishonestly; to purloin; as, to abstract goods from a parcel, or money from a till.
  11. To separate, as the more volatile or soluble parts of a substance, by distillation or other chemical processes. In this sense extract is now more generally used.
  12. To perform the process of abstraction.
  13. That which comprises or concentrates in itself the essential qualities of a larger thing or of several things. Specifically: A summary or an epitome, as of a treatise or book, or of a statement; a brief.
  14. A state of separation from other things; as, to consider a subject in the abstract, or apart from other associated things.
  15. An abstract term.
  16. 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.

Abstract Quotations

Mankind is divided into rich and poor, into property owners and exploited; and to abstract oneself from this fundamental division; and from the antagonism between poor and rich means abstracting oneself from fundamental facts.
Joseph Stalin

Black and white is abstract; color is not. Looking at a black and white photograph, you are already looking at a strange world.
Joel Sternfeld

There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.
Pablo Picasso

We shall suffer no attachment to literature, no taste for abstract discussion, no love of purely intellectual theories, to seduce us from our devotion to the cause of the oppressed, the down trodden, the insulted and injured masses of our fellow men.
George Ripley

The Vietnam War required us to emphasize the national interest rather than abstract principles. What President Nixon and I tried to do was unnatural. And that is why we didn't make it.
Henry A. Kissinger
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Abstract Translations

abstract in Afrikaans is oorsig
abstract in Danish is slutte, tage bort
abstract in Dutch is abstract, afgetrokken
abstract in German is abstrakt, abstrahieren, abstrahiere
abstract in Italian is astratto
abstract in Spanish is descolgar, resumen, abstracto, prescindir
abstract in Swedish is sammandrag, abstrakt
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