Usage examples for abbreviation

  1. He was really fond of me, and in my own interest wanted me to go through college with honors, but this was to me of trivial importance, compared with the abbreviation by a year of the captivity of college life. – The Autobiography of a Journalist, Volume I by William James Stillman
  2. An abbreviation is a shortening by any method; a contraction is a reduction of size by the drawing together of the parts. A contraction of a word is made by omitting certain letters or syllables and bringing together the first and last letters or elements; an abbreviation may be made either by omitting certain portions from the interior or by cutting off a part; a contraction is an abbreviation, but an abbreviation is not necessarily a contraction; rec't for receipt, mdse. for merchandise, and Dr. for debtor are contractions; they are also abbreviations; Am. for American is an abbreviation, but not a contraction. Abbreviation and contraction are used of words and phrases, abridgment of books, paragraphs, sentences, etc. Compare ABRIDGMENT. –  by
  3. 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)
  4. Miss is not an abbreviation. – Practical Grammar and Composition by Thomas Wood
  5. It seemeth to have been poetical licence which first introduced this abbreviation of the third person into use; but our best grammarians have condemned it upon some occasions, though perhaps not to be absolutely banished the common and familiar style. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  6. The name " squaw" was first found in the language of the Naragansett tribe of Indians and is doubtless an abbreviation of the word " Esquaw." – Colorado--The Bright Romance of American History by F. C. Grable
  7. If the lists of the Khyrim and Cherra clans are examined, it will be seen what a large number bear the name of Dkhar or its abbreviation 'Khar. – The Khasis by P. R. T. Gurdon
  8. Here and generally in this narrative the letter R is used as an abbreviation for Rabbi. – The Itinerary of Benjamin of Tudela by Benjamin of Tudela
  9. An abbreviation key for the tables was added on pages 411 and 412, as they were too large in the original to be read easily in this format. – Memoirs and Correspondence of Admiral Lord de Saumarez. Vol II by Sir John Ross
  10. " You can readily understand that in preparing government reports and such things for the press a uniform abbreviation for the States, for example, must be used. – Paul and the Printing Press by Sara Ware Bassett
  11. 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
  12. Others carry back its foundation to Noah, and think that its present name is an abbreviation of Nouh- Awend or Nouh- Wand, that is to say, the city of Noah. – Les Parsis by D. Menant
  13. But, Carley, the cut of that- or rather the abbreviation of it- inclines me to think that style for women's clothes has not changed for the better. – The Call of the Canyon by Zane Grey
  14. This Government cannot admit the adoption of such measures or such a warning of danger as in any degree an abbreviation of the rights of American shipmasters or American citizens, bound on lawful errands as passengers on merchant ships of belligerent nationality. – Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights by Kelly Miller
  15. If the abbreviation of the State is liable to be confounded or confused with that of another then the full name of the State should be written. – How to Speak and Write Correctly by Joseph Devlin
  16. One of these, then a midshipman, writes to the author that he still recalls, after the lapse of nearly sixty years, the kindness, consideration and hospitality shown him by the future admiral, who was then known through the service as the " Little Luff" Farragut- luff being a naval abbreviation, now obsolete, for lieutenant. – Admiral Farragut by A. T. Mahan
  17. We wondered where he lived, what his age was, and how he looked, it was not until quite late in boyhood that we learned that Anon was an abbreviation for anonymous, and that he was sometimes the best saint and at other times the most extraordinary villain. – Around The Tea-Table by T. De Witt Talmage
  18. It is a mere abbreviation. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown