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Definition of abstract:

  1. 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.
  2. A state of separation from other things; as, to consider a subject in the abstract, or apart from other associated things.
  3. Abstracted; absent in mind.
  4. An abstract term.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Resulting from the mental faculty of abstraction; general as opposed to particular; as, reptile is an abstract or general name.
  8. 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.
  9. To draw off in respect to interest or attention; as, his was wholly abstracted by other objects.
  10. To epitomize; to abridge.
  11. To perform the process of abstraction.
  12. To separate, as ideas, by the operation of the mind; to consider by itself; to contemplate separately, as a quality or attribute.
  13. 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.
  14. To take secretly or dishonestly; to purloin; as, to abstract goods from a parcel, or money from a till.
  15. To withdraw; to separate; to take away.
  16. Withdraw; separate.

Synonyms:

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