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See also: Abbreviation
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /əˌbɹiː.viˈeɪ.ʃən/
- (General American) IPA(key): /əˌbɹi.viˈeɪ.ʃn̩/
- Rhymes: -eɪʃən
abbreviation (plural abbreviations)
- The result of shortening or reducing; abridgment. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
- (linguistics) A shortened or contracted form of a word or phrase, used to represent the whole, utilizing omission of letters, and sometimes substitution of letters, or duplication of initial letters to signify plurality, including signs such as, +, =, @. [Late 16th century.]
- The process of abbreviating. [Mid 16th century.]
- (music) A notation used in music score to denote a direction, as pp or mf.
- (music) One or more dashes through the stem of a note, dividing it respectively into quavers, semiquavers, demisemiquavers, or hemidemisemiquavers.
- Any convenient short form used as a substitution for an understood or inferred whole.
- the phrase "civil rights" is an abbreviation for a whole complex of relationships. - Pres. Truman's comittee on Civil Rights
- (biology) Loss during evolution of the final stages of the ancestral ontogenetic pattern.
- (mathematics) Reduction to lower terms, as a fraction.
- (linguistics): acronym (employing initial letters or syllables); initialism (employing initial letters); symbol, sign (employing marks other than letters)
shortened or contracted form of a word or phrase
abridged version of a document
act or result of shortening or reducing
music: one or more dashes through the stem of a note
mathematics: reduction to lower terms
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Translations to be checked
- “abbreviation” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, ISBN 978-0-19-860457-0, page 3.