- To truncate is to cut off a part of or to cut short.
When you are having a nice walk but it suddenly starts to rain and you have to run home, this is an example of a situation where the rain forces you to cut it short and truncates your walk.
transitive verbtruncated, truncating
Origin of truncate; from Classical Latin truncatus, past participle of truncare, to cut off ; from truncus, a stem, trunk
- Biol. having a square, flattened, or broad end
- Zool. lacking a normal apex, as some snail shells
transitive verbtrun·cat·ed, trun·cat·ing, trun·cates
- To shorten or reduce: The script was truncated to leave time for commercials. See Synonyms at shorten.
- To shorten (a number) by dropping one or more digits after the decimal point.
- To replace (the edge of a crystal) with a plane face.
- Appearing to terminate abruptly, as a leaf of a tulip tree or a coiled gastropod shell that lacks a spire.
Origin of truncateLatin truncāre, truncāt-, from truncus, trunk; see ter&schwa;-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present truncates, present participle truncating, simple past and past participle truncated)
truncate - Computer Definition
To cut off leading or trailing digits or characters from an item of data without regard to the accuracy of the remaining characters. Truncation occurs when data are converted into a new record with smaller field lengths than the original.