- abstract for adj. [, ab strakt′, ab′strakt΄; ] for n.1 & vt.4 [, ab′strakt΄; ] for n.2 [, ab′strakt΄, ab strakt′; ] for vt.1, 2, & 3 [, ab strakt′]adj.[< L abstractus, pp. of abstrahere, to draw from, separate < ab(s)-, from + trahere, to DRAW]1. thought of apart from any particular instances or material objects; not concrete2. expressing a quality thought of apart from any particular or material object [beauty is an abstract word]3. not easy to understand because of being extremely complex, remote from concrete reality, etc.; abstruse4. theoretical; not practical or applied5. designating or of art abstracted from reality, in which designs or forms may be definite and geometric or fluid and amorphous: a generic term that encompasses various nonrealistic contemporary schoolsn.1. a brief statement of the essential content of a book, article, speech, court record, etc.; summary2. an abstract thing, condition, idea, etc.vt.1. to take away; remove2. to take dishonestly; steal3. to think of (a quality) apart from any particular instance or material object that has it; also, to form (a general idea) from particular instances4. to summarize; make an abstract ofSYN.- ABRIDGMENT——————in the abstractin theory as apart from practiceabstractern.abstractlyadv.abstractnessn.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.