Definitions of abbreviation

  1. shortening something by omitting parts of it Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. The act of shortening, or reducing. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. The result of abbreviating; an abridgment. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. The form to which a word or phrase is reduced by contraction and omission; a letter or letters, standing for a word or phrase of which they are a part; as, Gen. for Genesis; U.S.A. for United States of America. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. One dash, or more, through the stem of a note, dividing it respectively into quavers, semiquavers, or demi-semiquavers. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. The shortened or contracted form of a word or phrase. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. A shortening: a part of a word put for the whole. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. Shortening; contraction. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. The act of shortening; a letter, or a few letters used for a word, as Lat. for Latin, A.D. for Anno Domini. The reduction of fractions to their lowest terms. One dash or more through the stem of a note, distinguishing it as a quaver, semiquaver, or demisemiquaver. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. The act of shortening; a part of a word used for the whole. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for abbreviation

  1. And, if the first expression is only an abbreviation of one of these, the construction of the verb contains may be referred to Rule 14th. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  2. In the Western states, where the racoon is plentiful, they use the abbreviation 'coon when speaking of people. – Diary in America, Series One by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)