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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of cutting off.
  • n. Botany The shedding of leaves, flowers, or fruits following the formation of the abscission zone.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act or process of cutting off.
  • n. A figure of speech employed when a speaker having begun to say a thing stops abruptly

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or process of cutting off.
  • n. The state of being cut off.
  • n. A figure of speech employed when a speaker having begun to say a thing stops abruptly: thus, “He is a man of so much honor and candor, and of such generosity -- but I need say no more.”

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of cutting off; severance; removal.
  • n. The act of putting an end to; the act of annulling or abolishing. Sir T. Browne.
  • n. Retrenchment.
  • n. The sudden termination of a disease by death. Hooper, Med. Dict.
  • n. In rhetoric, a figure of speech consisting in a sudden reticence, as if the words already spoken made sufficiently clear what the speaker would say if he were to finish the sentence: as, “He is a man of so much honor and candor, and such generosity—but I need say no more.”
  • n. In astrology, the cutting off or preventing of anything shown by one aspect by means of another.
  • n.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of cutting something off
  • n. shedding of flowers and leaves and fruit following formation of scar tissue in a plant

Etymologies

From Latin abscissiō, from abscindō ("I cut, I tear"). (Wiktionary)

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