- An abridgment; a compendium; an abstract. [since the late 16th century]
- (obsolete) An abbreviated state or form. [only during the early to mid 17th century]
- A shortened form of a word or phrase, used in place of the whole; an abbreviation. [since the mid 17th century]
- (obsolete) The process of abbreviating. [only during the early to late 17th century]
abbreviation — see abbreviation
abridgement, compendium, abstract
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- “abbreviature” 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, page 3.