Definition of abbreviation in English:



  • 1A shortened form of a word or phrase.

    • ‘So from now on I'll refer to the Texas Air National Guard by it's correct abbreviation, TXANG.’
    • ‘There were many abbreviations, which were initially difficult to remember.’
    • ‘It's generally accepted that you can use acronyms and abbreviations without explanation, where the term is well known by the audience.’
    • ‘The peso's abbreviation was p, and its plural was sometimes written as ps, and sometimes the P with a superscript s.’
    • ‘These typically consist of a two-letter state abbreviation, followed by a three-letter locality and a three-digit fire number.’
    • ‘Acronyms or abbreviations can confuse a client who is looking for the business in a resource listing.’
    • ‘Letters shown in brackets are the recognized abbreviations for each term.’
    • ‘That's a particularly dour abbreviation - Normal Operating Procedure - but I don't claim to have invented that one.’
    • ‘Electronic records also contained significantly more words, abbreviations, and symbols.’
    • ‘I was trying to find out the rule about using apostrophes with acronyms or abbreviations.’
    • ‘The glossary contains explanations of abbreviations and terms used in this pamphlet.’
    • ‘Find out what those pesky acronyms and abbreviations stand for.’
    • ‘In the world of avid e-mail users, a variety of acronyms and abbreviations have developed.’
    • ‘This is not a legally approved abbreviation, and the story has been corrected to reflect that.’
    • ‘Though the two abbreviations are Latin terms, they are easily translatable into English.’
    • ‘An Appendix is provided with a summary of terms and abbreviations used throughout the article.’
    • ‘A new society that turns abbreviations into memorable acronyms has run into trouble.’
    • ‘Such abbreviations have cropped up in different contexts time and again.’
    • ‘Doctors and nurses worked rapidly around her speaking in clipped phrases and abbreviations.’
    • ‘A list of abbreviations, acronyms, and symbols that should not be used also should be available.’
    shortened form, short form, contraction, elision, acronym, initialism, symbol, diminutive
    shortening, reduction, cutting, cutting down, cutting short, contraction, condensation, compression, abridgement, truncation, clipping, cropping, paring down, pruning, shrinking, constricting, telescoping
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    1. 1.1 The process or result of abbreviating.
      • ‘Let's not forget that it was exactly this kind of abbreviation that caused all the trouble in the first place.’
      • ‘They have exploited this radical abbreviation of focal length to develop a prototype of a credit-card-thin camera.’
      • ‘The device of dialogue allows abbreviation of statements without loss of clarity.’
      • ‘Dorcia flinched at Dolly's abbreviation of her name.’
      • ‘He observes that the twentieth century could be characterized as the century of abbreviation.’
      • ‘‘Bye,’ Lydia said with typical American abbreviation.’
      • ‘Tanacetum vulgare, a herb whose name is supposedly derived by abbreviation from ‘athanasia’, the draught which gave Ganymede immortality.’
      • ‘She resents any abbreviation of her name by people outside her intimate circle.’
      • ‘Is that abbreviation a true synopsis of the intent of the Amendment?’
      • ‘Postmodern designs have hints of pilasters, friezes and capitals, but only in lego-like abbreviation.’
      • ‘In fact I did not condemn abbreviation, I condemned the near-total exclusion of ideas.’
      • ‘I think it is you who suffers some abbreviation of time on this timetable.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, abbreviation pays off in having everything fit into a tight volume.’
      • ‘Isn't abbreviation a prelude to obliteration?’
      • ‘What are the consequences of that abbreviation of this story on the democratic process?’