Definition of abstract:
- A powdered solid extract of a vegetable substance mixed with sugar of milk in such proportion that one part of the abstract represents two parts of the original substance.
- A state of separation from other things; as, to consider a subject in the abstract, or apart from other associated things.
- Abstracted; absent in mind.
- An abstract term.
- Considered apart from any application to a particular object; separated from matter; existing in the mind only; as, abstract truth, abstract numbers. Hence: ideal; abstruse; difficult.
- Expressing a particular property of an object viewed apart from the other properties which constitute it; - opposed to concrete; as, honesty is an abstract word.
- Resulting from the mental faculty of abstraction; general as opposed to particular; as, reptile is an abstract or general name.
- That which comprises or concentrates in itself the essential qualities of a larger thing or of several things. Specifically: A summary or an epitome, as of a treatise or book, or of a statement; a brief.
- To draw off in respect to interest or attention; as, his was wholly abstracted by other objects.
- To epitomize; to abridge.
- To perform the process of abstraction.
- To separate, as ideas, by the operation of the mind; to consider by itself; to contemplate separately, as a quality or attribute.
- To separate, as the more volatile or soluble parts of a substance, by distillation or other chemical processes. In this sense extract is now more generally used.
- To take secretly or dishonestly; to purloin; as, to abstract goods from a parcel, or money from a till.
- To withdraw; to separate; to take away.
- Withdraw; separate.
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- artistic style (part of speech: adjective)
- immaterial (part of speech: adjective)
- absent (part of speech: adjective)
- leave (part of speech: verb)
- synopsis (part of speech: noun)
- steal (part of speech: verb)
- "Lover or Friend", Rosa Nouchette Carey.
Hence they never fail to choose the more abstract way of expressing themselves; whereas intelligent people use the more concrete; because the latter brings things more within the range of actual demonstration, which is the source of all evidence.- "The Art of Literature", Arthur Schopenhauer.
- "Popular Law-making", Frederic Jesup Stimson.