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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

Money is human happiness in the abstract; he, then, who is no longer capable of enjoying human happiness in the concrete devotes himself utterly to money.
Arthur Schopenhauer

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

It is dangerous when you start calling people from one part of the world terrorists or fanatic, and you reduce them to some abstract notion. If evil has a geographical place, and if the evil has a name, that is the beginning of fascism. Real life is not this way. You have fanatics and narrow-minded people everywhere.
Marjane Satrapi

Abstract art: a product of the untalented sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.
Al Capp

The things I talk about and explain couldn't happen - yet, they don't seem impossible - you could say I talk about the world in an abstract perspective. But then, the world is basically insane - and it's trying to pass itself off as being a sane place. I show it for what it is.
Steven Wright
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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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