Truncate meaning

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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.

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To shorten or reduce.

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To shorten (a number) by dropping one or more digits after the decimal point.
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To replace (the edge of a crystal) with a plane face.
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Appearing to terminate abruptly, as a leaf of a tulip tree or a coiled gastropod shell that lacks a spire.
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Truncated.
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To cut off a part of; shorten by cutting; lop.
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(biol.) Having a square, flattened, or broad end.
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(zool.) Lacking a normal apex, as some snail shells.
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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.
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To shorten something as if by cutting off part of it.
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(mathematics) To shorten a decimal number by removing trailing (leading) digits; to chop.
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(geometry) To replace a corner by a plane (to make a similar change to a crystal).
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Truncated.
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(botany, anatomy) Having an abrupt termination.
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Origin of truncate

  • Latin truncāre truncāt- from truncus trunk terə-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin truncātus, perfect passive participle of truncō (“maim, reduce to a trunk"); see trunk as a verb.

    From Wiktionary