- 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.
truncate definition by Webster's New World
Origin: ; 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
- truncation noun
truncate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb trun·cat·ed, trun·cat·ing, trun·cates
- To shorten by or as if by cutting off. 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: Latin truncāre, truncāt-, from truncus, trunk; see terə-2 in Indo-European roots.
- trunˈcateˌly adverb
- trun·caˈtion noun
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.
truncate - Medical Definition