Meaning of abstract
Pronunciation: (adj.ab-strakt', ab'straktn.ab'straktv.ab-strakt' for 11–14, ab'strakt for 15), [key]
- thought of apart from concrete realities, specific objects, or actual instances: an abstract idea.
- expressing a quality or characteristic apart from any specific object or instance, as justice, poverty, and speed.
- theoretical; not applied or practical: abstract science.
- difficult to understand; abstruse: abstract speculations.
- of or pertaining to the formal aspect of art, emphasizing lines, colors, generalized or geometrical forms, etc., esp. with reference to their relationship to one another.
- (often cap.) pertaining to the nonrepresentational art styles of the 20th century.
- a summary of a text, scientific article, document, speech, etc.; epitome.
- something that concentrates in itself the essential qualities of anything more extensive or more general, or of several things; essence.
- an idea or term considered apart from some material basis or object.
- an abstract work of art.
- without reference to a specific object or instance; in theory: beauty in the abstract.
- to draw or take away; remove.
- to divert or draw away the attention of.
- to steal.
- to consider as a general quality or characteristic apart from specific objects or instances: to abstract the notions of time, space, and matter.
- to make an abstract of; summarize.
- to omit from consideration.
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