[ US /ˈæbˌstɹækt, æbˈstɹækt/ ]
  1. a sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory
  2. a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
    he loved her only in the abstract--not in person
  1. give an abstract (of)
  2. consider a concept without thinking of a specific example; consider abstractly or theoretically
  3. make off with belongings of others
  4. consider apart from a particular case or instance
    Let's abstract away from this particular example
  1. dealing with a subject in the abstract without practical purpose or intention
    abstract reasoning
    abstract science
  2. existing only in the mind; separated from embodiment
    abstract words like `truth' and `justice'
  3. not representing or imitating external reality or the objects of nature
    a large abstract painting
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How To Use abstract In A Sentence

  • There is still a level of abstraction (you're manipulating something removed from the screen) but it's more concretized now. MIND MELD: The Apple iPad: Sizzle or Fizzle?
  • Golub was an odd man out, one of those who kept alive certain ambitions scuttled by the artists who followed Abstract Expressionism.
  • Finally, in the formation of an opinion as to the abstract preferableness of one course of action over another, or as to the truth or falsehood or right significance of a proposition, the fact that the majority of one's contemporaries lean in the other direction is naught, and no more than dust in the balance. On Compromise
  • And the prints represent Abstract Expressionism's entire stylistic range, from fast and visceral to cool and ethereal.
  • They spent many hours searching in commercial databases, looking for abstracts and full-text articles.
  • He comes to be disgusted by all abstractions and ideas.
  • It's about the right image going with the right story in the right direction, rather than it being abstract.
  • It also provides a condensed primer to some of the issues at stake in American avant-garde cinema, which, partly because of its historical opposition to the dictates of commercial mainstream moviemaking and partly because it resists commodification unlike, say, abstract painting, oppositional cinema doesn't rack up big sales at Sotheby's, has been relegated to the status of museum pieces and festival marginalia. NYT > Home Page
  • No major American artists in the twenties were making totally abstract, non-objective paintings.
  • In his abstract ballets or interpretations of music, he rarely worried about the mood or emotional content of the music.
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