Meaning of abbreviation

ab•bre•vi•a•tion

Pronunciation: (u-brē"vē-ā'shun), [key]
— n.
  1. a shortened or contracted form of a word or phrase, used to represent the whole, as Dr. for Doctor,for United States, lb. for pound.
  2. an act of abbreviating; state or result of being abbreviated; reduction in length, duration, etc.; abridgment.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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