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Abbreviate  adj.  
Abbreviated; abridged; shortened. (R.) "The abbreviate form."
(Biol.) Having one part relatively shorter than another or than the ordinary type.

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"Abbreviate" Quotes from Famous Books

... would shorten the last tedious steps of his ascent. It was with that object that, a year earlier, he had fixed his affections on Miss Bart; but in the interval he had mounted nearer to the goal, while she had lost the power to abbreviate the remaining steps of the way. All this she saw with the clearness of vision that came to her in moments of despondency. It was success that dazzled her—she could distinguish facts plainly enough in the twilight of failure. And the twilight, as she now sought to pierce it, was gradually ...
— House of Mirth • Edith Wharton

... be found too long. It can easily be shortened by leaving out repetitions or certain figures. In brief, once the dances are learned it is a very simple matter, and quite according to tradition, to lengthen or abbreviate ...
— The Morris Book • Cecil J. Sharp

... of a letter should give the full address of the writer and the date of writing. Do not abbreviate short words, or omit Street ...
— The Century Handbook of Writing • Garland Greever

... providing the entertainment were less laborious, these gatherings could be more frequent? You see, if a woman feels that she must have five kinds of cake, and six kinds of preserves, and even ice-cream and jellies in a region where no confectioner comes in to abbreviate her labors, she will sit with closed doors, and do nothing towards the general exchange of life, because she cannot do as much as Mrs. Smith or Mrs. Parsons. If the idea of meeting together had some other focal point than eating, ...
— The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 106, August, 1866 • Various

... became possessed of the manuscript of the following letter, which it was our employment, during many a long evening that ensuing winter, to translate, and in some parts to abbreviate. The letter began with some reference to the pain which she had already inflicted upon her daughter by some unexplained opposition to a project of marriage; but I doubt if, without the clue with which the ...
— The Grey Woman and other Tales • Mrs. (Elizabeth) Gaskell

... have given these voyages to Guinea at full length, as they are found in the collection of Hakluyt; but in this and the subsequent early English voyages to Guinea, we have thought proper to abbreviate such matters ...
— A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume VII • Robert Kerr

Words linked to "Abbreviate" :   digest, abbreviation, abbreviator, abridge, lessen, minify, cut, concentrate, bowdlerise, contract, expurgate, edit out, reduce, castrate, expand, foreshorten, shorten, edit

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