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abstract
A rough sketch designed to show the general design imagined for a space without it necessarily showing the exact measurements, materials, or effects.
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(a suffix that forms abstract and collective nouns added to adjectives to show state or condition; added to nouns to show a position, rank, or realm of; all of those who are part of a group or organization)
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abstract number
A number with no associated units.
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abstract (s) (noun), abstracts (pl)
1. Not concrete; not relating to real objects but expressing something that can only be appreciated intellectually: The scientific abstract that was published was very academic and challenging.
2. Not easy to understand; based on general principles or theories rather than on specific instances: The abstract about light absorption was understood by very few people and so it was read exclusively by a select group.
3. A brief statement of the essential thoughts of a book, article, speech, court record, etc.: The clerk will prepare an abstract for the judge to read.
4. A summary of a longer text, especially of an academic article: The students were instructed to write short abstracts summarizing the main points in the article that was presented to them.
5. A concept or term that does not refer to a concrete object but denotes a quality, emotion, or idea; such as, truth, love, hate, etc.: The aria from the opera emoted on the abstracts of love, hate, and revenge.
6. Existing only in the mind; separated from embodiment: Clarence referred to abstracts like "truth" and "justice".
7. A work of art, especially a painting, in a style that expresses the artist’s ideas or feelings instead of showing the exact appearance of people or things; not representing or imitating external reality or the objects of nature: The artist's style of painting could only be described as abstract; because it was so difficult to understand.
8. Etymology: the word abstract was formed from two Latin word parts, ab-, "off, away from" + tract, "to draw, to pull".

Abstract originally meant "drawn" or "taken from"; such as, part of a text taken or abstracted from a larger piece of writing. Then abstract came to mean "difficult to understand" or "pulled away from easy understanding".

Later in the late 1800's, the word's meaning changed to a reference to a new artistic style; that is, abstract art when it suggested that the artists' pulled away from reality and were more concerned with presenting forms and ideas than in representing actual people and things.

abstract (verb), abstracts; abstracted; abstracting
1. To take away; to remove without permission; to filch, to steal: While the thieves were in Dawson's house, they found and abstracted money, jewelry, and a computer from his residence.
2. To write a short summary of a speech, report, or other piece of writing: Einstein's theory of relativity is said to be abstracted from data gathered in several scientific experiments.
(Latin: suffix used to form abstract nouns expressing act, state, quality, property, or condition corresponding to an adjective)
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autoabstract, auto-abstract, automatic abstracting
1. To select key words from a document, commonly by an automatic or machine method, for the purpose of forming an abstract of the document.
2. A proces of automatically selecting key words and phrases which represent the basic content of a document; often using statistical or counting techniques.
3. The material abstracted from a document by machine methods.