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abstract
used in Turtles All the Way Down

2 meanings, 3 uses
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1  —2 uses as in:
abstract thought
Definition
of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
  • The White River is beautiful in the abstract—blue herons and geese and deer and all that stuff—but the actual water itself smells like human sewage.
    p. 19.4
abstract = of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
  • I wasn't not a threat, but couldn't say to whom or what, the pronouns and objects of the sentence muddied by the abstraction of it all, the words sucked into the non-lingual way down.
    p. 211.5
abstraction = of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
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2  —1 use as in:
abstract art
Definition
not representing or imitating external reality or the objects of nature
  • The rest of the art was cool, too—big abstract paintings of hard-edged geometric shapes, an assemblage of old wooden chairs precariously stacked to the ceiling, a huge photograph of a kid jumping on a trampoline alone in a vast harvested cornfield—but Mychal's was my favorite, and not just because I knew him.
    p. 261.5
abstract = not imitating objects of nature
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