Abbreviation meaning

ə-brēvē-āshən
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A shortened form of a word or phrase, as N.Y. for New York, Mr. for Mister, lb for pound, ctn for cotangent.
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The result of shortening or reducing; abridgment. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
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A shortened form of a word or phrase used chiefly in writing to represent the complete form, such as Mass. for Massachusetts or USMC for United States Marine Corps.
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The definition of an abbreviation is a shortened form of something.

An example of an abbreviation is PA, which is a shortened form of Pennsylvania.

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The act or product of shortening.
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The process of abbreviating. [Mid 16th century.]
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A shortened form of a word or phrase. P-phone, for example, is an abbreviation of Proprietary phone. Acronyms, contractions, and initialisms are special forms of abbreviations comprising the initial letters or other parts of several words that constitute a term. See also acronym, contraction, and initialism.
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(linguistics) A shortened or contracted form of a word or phrase, used to represent the whole, utilizing omission of letters, and sometimes substitution of letters, or duplication of initial letters to signify plurality, including signs such as, +, =, @. [Late 16th century.]
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(music) A notation used in music score to denote a direction, as pp or mf.
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(music) One or more dashes through the stem of a note, dividing it respectively into quavers, semiquavers, demisemiquavers, or hemidemisemiquavers.
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Any convenient short form used as a substitutuion for an understood or inferred whole.
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(biology) Loss during evolution of the final stages of the ancestral ontogenetic pattern.
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(mathematics) Reduction to lower terms, as a fraction.
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The fact or state of being made shorter.
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A making shorter.
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Origin of abbreviation

  • First attested 1400–50. From Middle English abbreviacioun, from Middle French abréviation, from Late Latin abbreviātiō, from ab (“from”) + abbreviō (“make brief”), from Latin ad + breviō (“shorten”), from brevis (“short”).

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