ETYM Latin abstractus, p. p. of abstrahere to draw from, separate; ab, abs + trahere to draw. Related to Trace.
1. Based on specialized theory; SYN. theoretical.
2. Dealing with a subject in the abstract without practical purpose or intention.
3. Existing only in the mind; separated from embodiment.
4. Not representing or imitating external reality or the objects of nature; SYN. abstractionist, nonfigurative, nonobjective.
In character recognition systems, of, pertaining to, or being a type of symbol that, unlike a letter or numeral, has no intrinsic meaning and must be defined before it can be interpreted. 2. In programming, of, pertaining to, or being a data type defined by the operations that can be performed on objects of that type rather than by the properties of the objects themselves. See also abstract data type.
1. That which comprises or concentrates in itself the essential qualities of a larger thing or of several things; specifically: a summary or an epitome, as of a treatise or book, or of a statement; a brief.
2. A state of separation from other things
3. An abstract term.
4. A powdered solid extract of a vegetable substance mixed with sugar and milk in such proportion that one part of the abstract represents two parts of the original substance.
In information processing and library science, a summary typically consisting of a paragraph or a few paragraphs at the beginning of an investigative document, such as a scientific paper.
ETYM Latin abstrahere to draw from, separate; ab, abs + trahere to draw.
1. To remove a part from a whole.
2. To consider apart from a particular case or instance.
3. To consider a concept without thinking of a specific example; consider abstractly or theoretically.
4. To give an abstract or summary of.