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Definition make shorter by terminating abruptly before the end
  • My phone battery was running low, so I had to truncate the conversation.
truncate = make shorter by terminating abruptly before the end
  • As I took hold of the handle of the door I heard an exclamation, oddly truncated at the end, and a click and a thud.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • truncated = terminated abruptly
  • Jacob was still chewing over our truncated conversation when we got to Charlie's.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • truncated = abruptly terminated
  • He was racing along, his truncated tail held high, in the wheel Mr. McDuff had built for him.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • truncated = abruptly terminating (suddenly ending)
  • Mostly, though, I threw all my frustration into building those perfect, truncated pyramids of fruit.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • truncated = shortened by terminating abruptly before the end
  • Perry, who could never find trousers to fit his truncated lower half, wore blue jeans rolled up at the bottom and a leather windbreaker.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • truncated = shortened
  • They had been able to secure a truncated copy of Pickney's Treaty, but the federal government had yet to provide the defense with any part of the Treaty of 1819.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • truncated = shortened by terminating abruptly before the end (not entirely complete)
  • He pointed out that it ["Nikhil"] was relatively easy to pronounce, though there was the danger that Americans, obsessed with abbreviation, would truncate it to Nick.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • truncate = make shorter by terminating abruptly before the end
  • ...the future could be turned onto an unlikely path, but a better one. One that would lead to a living land after all, even if it was truncated; one that would lead someday to...
    Orson Scott Card  --  Red Prophet
  • truncated = truncated (abruptly cut off)
  • "You must imagine this staircase the way it was once, with the gas lamps burning all up and down the steps, like fireflies in the dark, and the balconies full of people. Not the way it is now, so—" He broke off, searching for a word.
    "Truncated?" Jace suggested dryly.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • truncated = shortened by terminating abruptly before the end
  • The two arms fell with a sudden force; they heard the hissing of the scimitar and the cry of the victim, then a truncated mass sank beneath the blow.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Inside it crouched a humble dome, and inside that, visible through a grille, was a truncated gravestone, swathed in calico.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • Lives that would be brought together to make a graceful end are abruptly truncated.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • About the only memorial he could spot was the Lincoln, which had been truncated at the base.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • One tentacle was already a truncated stump, and there could be no doubt as to the ultimate outcome of the battle.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood's End
  • He looked back at the truncated stone pyramid on the desk.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Hiro has cappuccino skin and spiky, truncated dreadlocks.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • The nine-thousand-meter peaks beyond were only hinted at by gray and white planes soon intersected by low clouds, but even so truncated were powerful to behold.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • The pups' new home, half a mile from the old den, was a narrow, truncated ravine filled with gigantic boulders which had been split off the cliff walls by frost action.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • The sight of that abrupt and truncated animal padding softly across the quadrangle changed by some fluke of the subconscious intelligence the emotional light for me.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One's Own

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