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abstract -- as in: read the abstract
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as in: read the abstract Define
a summary; or to summarize -- especially academic writing
  • The abstract is free, but there is a fee to see the entire article.
  • A statistical abstract is published each year.
  • She wondered if those were the same abstracts, files, and professional impedimenta on his desk that were there when she would run in, out of breath, desperate for an ice cream cone, and request a nickel.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Evidently it still appeared in the original Red Book, as it did in several of the copies and abstracts.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring

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  • they are the abstracts and brief chronicles of the time
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • I recognized neither language nor script—and the only sense I could abstract from it was...
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • As a moral declaration the old truism seems perfectly true, and yet because it abstracts, because it generalizes, I can’t believe it with my stomach.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • ’Let me take that pipe,’ she said, cautiously advancing her hand and abstracting it from his mouth.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • An obliging stranger, under pretence of compactly folding up my bank-notes for security’s sake, abstracts the notes and gives me nutshells; but what is his sleight of hand to mine, when I fold up my own nutshells and pass them on myself as notes!
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • That didn’t answer very well; and then I began to state cases for them, and make abstracts, and that sort of work.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield

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  • I realized all those times I’d felt people stare at me, their faces had been pictures, abstracts.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • My Lady carelessly and scornfully abstracts her attention.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • He rummaged through the chest, rearranging old legal documents, abstracts, bundles of letters, a packet of Confederate currency, peeling photograph albums.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • As it was they watched, benumbed, as their portrait pictures, the vital stuffs of their mortal greed, rancor, and poisonous guilt, the emerald abstracts of their self-blinded eyes, self-wounded mouths, self-trapped bodies melted one by one from this insignificant mound of snow.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • I sat in meditation two days and two nights, abstracting my mind; inbreathing and outbreathing in the required manner ….
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • They say, when he was a little boy, he made an abstract of ’Hop o’ my Thumb,’ and he has been making abstracts ever since.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Just at the moment when I should have been abstracting the fifteen hundred dollars from the box under the tree, according to the original proposition, Bill was counting out two hundred and fifty dollars into Dorset’s hand.
    O. Henry  --  The Ransom of Red Chief
  • Much of his department’s work-the forwarding of statistical information, the abstracting of the world’s press, and the like-had continued automatically.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • He stood a little apart, and it was not in the power of the multitude that pressed about him to make him yield an inch of the ground he had taken—that of abstracting himself discreetly while the two ladies performed their embraces.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Wild-looking abstracts, tornadoes of gyrating light-hackers who are hoping that Da5id will notice their talent, invite them inside, give them a job.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • He stood a little apart, and it was not in the power of the multitude that pressed about him to make him yield an inch of the ground he had taken—that of abstracting himself discreetly while the two ladies performed their embraces.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • "Then Nelly has not done me credit for what I trust I deserve," returned the single-minded Doctor, "for I am not of the phlebotomising school at all; greatly preferring the practice which purifies the blood instead of abstracting it."
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • It was impossible to make head or tail of it all, I decided, glancing with envy at the reader next door who was making the neatest abstracts, headed often with an A or a B or a C, while my own notebook rioted with the wildest scribble of contradictory jottings.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • …down no road but it stretches and waits for you, however long but it stretches and waits for you, To see no being, not God’s or any, but you also go thither, To see no possession but you may possess it, enjoying all without labor or purchase, abstracting the feast yet not abstracting one particle of it, To take the best of the farmer’s farm and the rich man’s elegant villa, and the chaste blessings of the well-married couple, and the fruits of orchards and flowers of gardens, To take…
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • …and waits for you, however long but it stretches and waits for you, To see no being, not God’s or any, but you also go thither, To see no possession but you may possess it, enjoying all without labor or purchase, abstracting the feast yet not abstracting one particle of it, To take the best of the farmer’s farm and the rich man’s elegant villa, and the chaste blessings of the well-married couple, and the fruits of orchards and flowers of gardens, To take to your use out of the compact…
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • I went round by the garden, and laid wait for the messenger; who fought valorously to defend his trust, and we spilt the milk between us; but I succeeded in abstracting the epistle; and, threatening serious consequences if he did not look sharp home, I remained under the wall and perused Miss Cathy’s affectionate composition.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
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as in: abstract thought Define
of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance or more rarely: describing someone as distracted -- thinking about something outside of the immediate conversation or circumstances
as in: read the abstract Define
a summary; or to summarize -- especially academic writing
as in: abstract art Define
not representing or imitating external reality or the objects of nature
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