from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of abridging or the state of being abridged.
- n. A written text that has been abridged.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. That which abridges or cuts short; hence, an entertainment that makes the time pass quickly
- n. Any of various brief statments of case law made before modern reporting of legal cases.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of abridging, or the state of being abridged; diminution; lessening; reduction or deprivation.
- n. An epitome or compend, as of a book; a shortened or abridged form, esp. of a written work; an abbreviation.
- n. That which abridges or cuts short; hence, an entertainment that makes the time pass quickly.
- n. a diminution or curtailment, as of legal rights.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of abridging, or the state of being abridged; diminution; contraction; reduction; curtailment; restriction: as, an abridgment of expenses; “abridgment of liberty,”
- n. A condensation, as of a book; a reduction within a smaller space; a reproduction of anything in reduced or condensed form.
- n. That which abridges or cuts short.
- n. That which shortens anything, as time, or makes it appear short; hence, a pastime.
- n. Also spelled abridgement.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a shortened version of a written work
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