abstract away

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abstract away (third-person singular simple present abstracts away, present participle abstracting away, simple past and past participle abstracted away)

  1. (transitive) To generalize concepts or their application by using abstraction into a more usable form.
    • 1903, George R. Montgomery, The Place of Values: An Essay in Epistemological Analysis, page 39:
      It is abstract but purposely so because it stands for only part of consciousness or reality, abstracted away.
    • 2006, Simon Brown, Pro JSP 2:
      Tag files provide a very simple way for content and functionality to be abstracted away from JSP pages and into reusable components.
    • 2013, Casimer DeCusatis, Handbook of Fiber Optic Data Communication::
      State collection and dissemination have been abstracted away from the application by the common-map abstraction.
  2. (transitive, by extension) To ignore, to omit.
    • 2003, Hongji Yang, Successful Evolution of Software Systems, page 268:
      Therefore, in a high-level specification, these details are unnecessary and should be abstracted away.

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