Definitions of abstract

  1. To perform the process of abstraction.
  2. To draw away; separate; steal; separate from and consider apart.
  3. To draw away: to separate: to purloin.
  4. To draw or take from.
  5. To take away; separate; divert; remove; purloin.
  6. To make an abstract of; abridge.
  7. consider a concept without thinking of a specific example; consider abstractly or theoretically
  8. consider apart from a particular case or instance; " Let's abstract away from this particular example"
  9. give an abstract ( of)
  10. To draw away; to separate mentally and consider separately; to epitomize or reduce to a summary; to take secretly for one's own use part of another's property in one's power; to purloin. To separate the volatile parts of a substance.
  11. A summing up of the main parts of a larger work.
  12. Summary: abridgment: essence.
  14. A summary containing the substance, or the principal heads, of a treatise or writing; an extract, in smaller quantity, containing the essence of a larger. In the abstract, in a state of separation; without reference to particular persons or things.
  15. Abstractly.
  16. dealing with a subject in the abstract without practical purpose or intention; " abstract reasoning"; " abstract science"
  17. existing only in the mind; separated from embodiment; " abstract words like ` truth' and ` justice'"
  18. not representing or imitating external reality or the objects of nature; " a large abstract painting"
  19. Withdraw; separate.
  20. Abstracted; absent in mind.
  21. To withdraw; to separate; to take away.
  22. To draw off in respect to interest or attention; as, his was wholly abstracted by other objects.
  23. To separate, as ideas, by the operation of the mind; to consider by itself; to contemplate separately, as a quality or attribute.
  24. To epitomize; to abridge.
  25. To take secretly or dishonestly; to purloin; as, to abstract goods from a parcel, or money from a till.
  26. To separate, as the more volatile or soluble parts of a substance, by distillation or other chemical processes. In this sense extract is now more generally used.
  27. 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.
  28. A state of separation from other things; as, to consider a subject in the abstract, or apart from other associated things.
  29. An abstract term.
  30. A powdered solid extract of a vegetable substance mixed with sugar of milk in such proportion that one part of the abstract represents two parts of the original substance.
  31. Expressing a particular property of an object viewed apart from the other properties which constitute it; - opposed to concrete; as, honesty is an abstract word.
  32. Resulting from the mental faculty of abstraction; general as opposed to particular; as, reptile is an abstract or general name.
  33. Considered apart; as, abstract truth; ideal; expressing a quality apart from any subject; as, abstract words.
  34. General, as opposed to particular or individual: the opposite of abstract is concrete: a red color is an abstract notion, a red rose is a concrete notion: an abstract noun is the name of a quality apart from the thing, as redness.
  35. Separate; existing only in thought.
  36. Existing in thought only; not concrete; theoretical; imaginary; abstruse.
  37. Considered apart from its applications, as abstract science; considered apart from particulars, or in general, and hence abstruse; quality considered apart from substance. An abstract idea, an idea separated from a complex object, or from other ideas which naturally accompany it, as the solidity of marble contemplated apart from its colour or figure. Abstract terms, those which express abstract ideas, as beauty, whiteness, folly, roundness, without regard to any subject in which they exist; or the names of orders, genera, or species of things. Abstract numbers, numbers used without application to any particular objects, as 3, 7, 9; but when applied to anything, as 6 feet or 8 men, they become concrete. Abstract or pure mathematics, that which treats of the properties of magnitude, figure, or quantity, absolutely and generally considered, without restriction to any particular object; thus distinguished from mixed mathematics, which treats of the relations of quantity as applied to sensible objects, as astromony, mechanics, optics,& c.