from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of truncating, or the state of being truncated; also, a truncated part.
  • noun In crystallography, the replacement of an angle (or edge) by a crystalline face.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of truncating, lopping, or cutting off.
  • noun The state of being truncated.
  • noun (Min.) The replacement of an edge or solid angle by a plane, especially when the plane is equally inclined to the adjoining faces.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of truncating or shortening (in all senses)
  • noun mathematics The removal of the least significant digits from a decimal number
  • noun geometry The replacement of a solid angle by a plane (or a similar operation in other dimensions)

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

  • noun the act of cutting short
  • noun the property of being truncated or short
  • noun the replacement of an edge or solid angle (as in cutting a gemstone) by a plane (especially by a plane that is equally inclined to the adjacent faces)


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Late Latin truncatio, from Latin truncare, past participle truncatus ("to cut off"); see truncate.


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