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Definition of Abstraction

Abstraction

  1. The act of abstracting, separating, or withdrawing, or the state of being withdrawn; withdrawal.
  2. The act process of leaving out of consideration one or more properties of a complex object so as to attend to others; analysis. Thus, when the mind considers the form of a tree by itself, or the color of the leaves as separate from their size or figure, the act is called abstraction. So, also, when it considers whiteness, softness, virtue, existence, as separate from any particular objects.
  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.
  7. A separation of volatile parts by the act of distillation.

Abstraction Quotations

From the smallest necessity to the highest religious abstraction, from the wheel to the skyscraper, everything we are and everything we have comes from one attribute of man - the function of his reasoning mind.
Ayn Rand

I work in colour sometimes, but I guess the images I most connect to, historically speaking, are in black and white. I see more in black and white - I like the abstraction of it.
Mary Ellen Mark

I believe that history has shape, order, and meaning; that exceptional men, as much as economic forces, produce change; and that passe abstractions like beauty, nobility, and greatness have a shifting but continuing validity.
Camille Paglia

Even at its most perceptive, sociology deals in abstractions.
Richard Russo

Abstraction is one of the greatest visionary tools ever invented by human beings to imagine, decipher, and depict the world.
Jerry Saltz
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Abstraction Translations

abstraction in Danish is tyveri
abstraction in Dutch is abstract begrip, abstractie
abstraction in French is inattention, abstraction
abstraction in German is Abstraktion {f], Abziehung {f}, Zerstreutheit
abstraction in Portuguese is furto
abstraction in Swedish is abstraktion
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