from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or product of shortening.
- n. A shortened form of a word or phrase used chiefly in writing to represent the complete form, such as Mass. for Massachusetts or USMC for United States Marine Corps.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A notation used in music score to denote a direction, as pp or mf.
- n. One or more dashes through the stem of a note, dividing it respectively into quavers, semiquavers, demisemiquavers, or hemidemisemiquavers.
- n. Any convenient short form used as a substitutuion for an understood or inferred whole.
- n. Loss during evolution of the final stages of the ancestral ontogenetic pattern.
- n. Reduction to lower terms, as a fraction.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of shortening, or reducing.
- n. The result of abbreviating; an abridgment.
- n. The form to which a word or phrase is reduced by contraction and omission; a letter or letters, standing for a word or phrase of which they are a part; as, Gen. for Genesis; U.S.A. for United States of America.
- n. One dash, or more, through the stem of a note, dividing it respectively into quavers, semiquavers, or demi-semiquavers.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of abbreviating, shortening, or contracting; the state of being abbreviated; abridgment.
- n. A shortened or contracted form; a part used for the whole.
- n. In mathematics, a reduction of fractions to the lowest terms.
- n. In music, a method of notation by means of which certain repeated notes, chords, or passages are indicated without being written out in full.
- n. ;
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a shortened form of a word or phrase
- n. shortening something by omitting parts of it
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