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Definition of abbreviation:

  1. One dash, or more, through the stem of a note, dividing it respectively into quavers, semiquavers, or demi- semiquavers.
  2. The act of shortening, or reducing.
  3. 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.
  4. The result of abbreviating; an abridgment.


expansion, brief, constriction, addition, clipping, abstract, reducing, summary, restriction, retrenchment, syncope, trimming, enlargement, sketch, outline, abridgment, cutting.

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