noun Date: 15th century 1. the act or result of abbreviating ; abridgment 2. a shortened form of a written word or phrase used in place of the whole <
amt is an abbreviation for amount

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  • Abbreviation — Ab*bre vi*a tion, n. [LL. abbreviatio: cf. F. abbr[ e]viation.] 1. The act of shortening, or reducing. [1913 Webster] 2. The result of abbreviating; an abridgment. Tylor. [1913 Webster] 3. The form to which a word or phrase is reduced by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • abbreviation — abbreviation. См. отрицательная анаболия. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • abbreviation — index abridgment (condensation), abstract, capsule, compendium, curtailment, decrease, digest, diminu …   Law dictionary

  • Abbreviation — Abbreviation,die:⇨Abkürzung(2) …   Das Wörterbuch der Synonyme

  • abbreviation — (n.) mid 15c., from M.Fr. abréviation (15c.), from L.L. abbreviationem (nom. abbreviatio), noun of action from pp. stem of abbreviare make brief, from L. ad to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + breviare shorten, from brevis short, low, little, shallow (see …   Etymology dictionary

  • abbreviation — [n] something shortened abridgement, abstract, abstraction, clipping, compendium, compression, condensation, contraction, digest, outline, precis, reduction, sketch, summary, syllabus, synopsis; concepts 283,652 Ant. augmentation, enlargement,… …   New thesaurus

  • abbreviation — Abbreviation. sub. f. v. Retranchement de quelques lettres dans un mot pour escrire plus viste, ou en moins d espace; par exemple lors qu au lieu de Monsieur, de Chastelet, & de vostre, on escrit Mr, Chlet, vre, ce sont des abbreviations que l on …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • abbreviation — ► NOUN 1) a shortened form of a word or phrase. 2) the process or result of abbreviating …   English terms dictionary

  • abbreviation — [ə brē΄vē ā′shən] n. [ME < MFr abréviation < LL abbreviatio: see ABBREVIATE] 1. a making shorter 2. the fact or state of being made shorter 3. a shortened form of a word or phrase, as N.Y. for New York, Mr. for Mister, lb for pound, ctn for …   English World dictionary

  • Abbreviation — For the <abbr> HTML tag, see HTML element. For guidelines on making and editing abbreviation articles on Wikipedia, see Wikipedia:Disambiguation and abbreviations. An abbreviation (from Latin brevis, meaning short) is a shortened form of a… …   Wikipedia

  • abbreviation — /euh bree vee ay sheuhn/, n. 1. a shortened or contracted form of a word or phrase, used to represent the whole, as Dr. for Doctor, U.S. for United States, lb. for pound. 2. an act of abbreviating; state or result of being abbreviated; reduction… …   Universalium

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