(obsolete, transitive) To shorten by omitting parts or details. (obsolete, intransitive) To speak or write in a brief manner. (transitive) To make shorter; to shorten; to abridge; to shorten by ending sooner than planned. (transitive) To reduce a word or phrase by means of contraction or omission to a shorter recognizable form. (transitive, mathematics) To reduce to lower terms, as a fraction.
1.to shorten (a word or phrase) by omitting letters, substituting shorter forms, etc., so that the shortened form can represent the whole word or phrase, as ft. for foot, ab. for about, R.I. for Rhode Island, NW for Northwest, or Xn for Christian.
2.to reduce (anything) in length, duration, etc.; make briefer, to abbreviate a speech.
3.to use abbreviations.
1. to shorten (a word or phrase) by contraction or omission of some letters or words
2. to shorten (a speech or piece of writing) by omitting sections, paraphrasing, etc
3. to cut short Derived Formsabbreviator, noun Word OriginC15, from the past participle of Late Latin abbreviāre, from Latin brevis briefCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
mid-15c., from Latin abbreviatus, past participle of abbreviare "to shorten" (see abbreviation). Also sometimes 15c. abbrevy, from Middle French abrevier (14c.), from Latin abbreviare. Related, Abbreviated; abbreviating.
Ordinary algebra developed very gradually as a kind of shorthand, devised to abbreviate the discussion of arithmetical problems and the statement of arithmetical facts.
The fundamentally enumerative character of the process is clearly not cancelled by the recognition that it is possible to abbreviate it by means of technique.
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