truncate

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From Latin truncātus, perfect passive participle of truncō (maim, reduce to a trunk); see trunk as a verb.

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truncate (third-person singular simple present truncates, present participle truncating, simple past and past participle truncated)

  1. (transitive) To shorten (something) by, or as if by, cutting part of it off.
    • 1960 March, J. P. Wilson & E. N. C. Haywood, “The route through the Peak - Derby to Manchester: Part One”, in Trains Illustrated, page 149:
      All these great plans were in vain, however, for in the cold dawn following the "Mania" years of 1845-46 the M.B.M. & M.J.R. project was truncated to an 11½-mile line from Ambergate to Rowsley.
  2. (mathematics, transitive) To shorten (a decimal number) by removing trailing (or leading) digits.
  3. (geometry) To replace a corner by a plane (or to make a similar change to a crystal).

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truncate (not comparable)

  1. Truncated.
  2. (botany, anatomy) Having an abrupt termination.

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truncāte

  1. vocative masculine singular of truncātus