One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[with object]often as adjective truncated
1Shorten (something) by cutting off the top or the end.‘a truncated cone shape’‘discussion was truncated by the arrival of tea’
shorten, cut, cut short, curtail, dock, prune, trim, lop, abbreviate, telescopeView synonyms
- ‘Even such truncated performances, however, are thought to evoke cosmic responses such as thunderstorms or strong rain.’
- ‘Spring netting was truncated shortly after peak passage of that species.’
- ‘The film is characterised by the fine balance between truncated anecdotes and a nuanced sense of time passing.’
- ‘It was truncated on its northern fringe by two prehistoric mining pits and on its eastern side by another.’
- ‘The time from the first stage of deepening sleep to REM sleep is truncated.’
- ‘So, it was a fairly truncated session, but worth it nonetheless, and we made a pact to repeat it tomorrow.’
- ‘The floor zone in the porches was truncated by the plow at the far northeast and far southwest corners of the structure basin.’
- ‘However, when I looked today, the same behavior takes place: the link is still truncated.’
- ‘Since Wilson died at an early age, the story is necessarily truncated.’
- ‘For all of these goods, product cycles are truncated by rapid innovation.’
- ‘The speakers praised the deeds of the former Mayor whose second term was truncated by legislative and judicial developments.’
- ‘There was a strained pause following that truncated attempt at a sentence.’
- ‘I've truncated the entries here on the main page after realizing the scroll had reached ridiculous lengths.’
- ‘Both her parents had had interrupted childhoods, and truncated educations, and were determined their children should not suffer the same fate.’
- ‘In all, that made for a fairly truncated day today, but at least I now feel very blithe, and I had two excellent ideas for the book.’
- ‘Then it rushed the deal through via an urgency committee which truncated public debate and scrutiny.’
- ‘Now, that is, at best, an abbreviated and truncated version of what had occurred, is it not?’
- ‘What happened, though, was that the debate ran eight minutes long, so all of the ensuing commentary was truncated.’
- ‘All of these plotlines feel like they're truncated from longer films.’
- ‘It was no accident that Charles often truncated his public speeches.’
- 1.1Crystallography Replace (an edge or an angle) by a plane, typically so as to make equal angles with the adjacent faces.
- ‘The thickness of (100) and (200) sectors in truncated single crystals of linear polyethylene grown from dilute n-octane solution at 95 °C was measured by atomic force microscopy (AFM) in tapping mode.’
- ‘Rather, the quartz crystals are cleanly truncated at the contacts, or they wrap themselves around the pyrites.’
- ‘Internally, grains commonly show concentric compositional zonation, which is truncated at broken grain edges.’
(of a leaf, feather, or other part) ending abruptly as if cut off across the base or tip.
- ‘The cell is oval with a truncate apical region, from which the flagella and haptonema originate.’
- ‘Convex, anteriorly truncate glabella tapers forward and is outlined by broad, shallow axial and preglabellar furrows.’
- ‘The dykes and sheets sharply truncate structures in the wall rock gneisses and greenstones, and large (several tens of metres) wall-rock xenoliths may be completely engulfed by the intrusive sheets.’
- ‘The ends are usually acute or obtuse, but sometimes also fish tail-like, truncate or vague.’
Late 15th century (earlier ( Middle English) as truncation): from Latin truncat- ‘maimed’, from the verb truncare.
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