from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To shorten by or as if by cutting off. See Synonyms at shorten.
- transitive v. To shorten (a number) by dropping one or more digits after the decimal point.
- transitive v. To replace (the edge of a crystal) with a plane face.
- adj. Appearing to terminate abruptly, as a leaf of a tulip tree or a coiled gastropod shell that lacks a spire.
- adj. Truncated.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To shorten something as if by cutting off part of it.
- v. To shorten a decimal number by removing trailing (or leading) digits; to chop.
- v. To replace a corner by a plane (or to make a similar change to a crystal).
- adj. truncated
- adj. Having an abrupt termination.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To cut off; to lop; to maim.
- adj. Appearing as if cut off at the tip.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To reduce in size or quantity by cutting; cut down; maim.
- In crystallography, to cut off an angle or edge by a plane section.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. approximate by ignoring all terms beyond a chosen one
- v. make shorter as if by cutting off
- v. replace a corner by a plane
- adj. terminating abruptly by having or as if having an end or point cut off
Latin truncāre, truncāt-, from truncus, trunk; see terə-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin truncātus, perfect passive participle of truncō ("maim, reduce to a trunk"); see trunk as a verb. (Wiktionary)