AskDefine | Define abstract

Dictionary Definition

abstract adj
1 existing only in the mind; separated from embodiment; "abstract words like `truth' and `justice'" [ant: concrete]
2 not representing or imitating external reality or the objects of nature; "a large abstract painting" [syn: abstractionist, nonfigurative, nonobjective]
3 based on specialized theory; "a theoretical analysis" [syn: theoretical]
4 dealing with a subject in the abstract without practical purpose or intention; "abstract reasoning"; "abstract science"

Noun

1 a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance; "he loved her only in the abstract--not in person" [syn: abstraction]
2 a sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory [syn: outline, synopsis, precis]

Verb

1 consider a concept without thinking of a specific example; consider abstractly or theoretically
2 make off with belongings of others [syn: pilfer, cabbage, purloin, pinch, snarf, swipe, hook, sneak, filch, nobble, lift]
3 consider apart from a particular case or instance; "Let's abstract away from this particular example"
4 give an abstract (of)

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology 1

From etyl fro abstract, or from etyl la abstractus, past participle of abstrahere formed from abs- + trahere.

Pronunciation

  • , /ˈæbstrækt/, /"

Extensive Definition

abstract in Danish: Abstrakt
abstract in Indonesian: Abstrak
abstract in Spanish: Abstracto
abstract in Dutch: Abstract
abstract in Russian: Резюме (значения)
abstract in Slovak: Abstrakt
abstract in Finnish: Abstrakti

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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