Definitions of abstraction

  1. preoccupation with something to the exclusion of all else
  2. an abstract painting
  3. the process of formulating general concepts by abstracting common properties of instances
  4. The act process of leaving out of consideration one or more properties of a complex object so as to attend to others; analysis. Thus, when the mind considers the form of a tree by itself, or the color of the leaves as separate from their size or figure, the act is called abstraction. So, also, when it considers whiteness, softness, virtue, existence, as separate from any particular objects.
  5. Withdrawal, as of the mind from any object, or a quality from a thing of which it is a part; absence of mind; dishonest removal; theft; something unreal.
  6. Act of abstracting: state of being abstracted, absence of mind: the operation of the mind by which certain qualities or attributes of an object are considered apart from the rest: a purloining.
  7. Act of taking away; absence of mind.
  8. An abstracting.
  9. An abstract idea; something unreal.
  10. Removal; theft.
  11. Absence of mind.
  12. The act of abstracting; the state of being abstracted; the operation of the mind by which qualities are considered apart from their substances, and abstract ideas, which may be reasoned about apart from things, are formed from concrete objects; a separation from worldly objects; absence of mind; purloining. The separation by heat of the volatile parts of a compound from those which are fixed. When the part abstracted is collected, the process is called distillation or sublimation, according as the process is wet or dry.
  13. The act of abstracting, separating, or withdrawing, or the state of being withdrawn; withdrawal.
  14. An idea or notion of an abstract, or theoretical nature; as, to fight for mere abstractions.
  15. A separation from worldly objects; a recluse life; as, a hermit's abstraction.
  16. Absence or absorption of mind; inattention to present objects.
  17. The taking surreptitiously for one's own use part of the property of another; purloining.
  18. A separation of volatile parts by the act of distillation.