Abstract ( adjective , noun , verb )

(As an adjective)

Abstract ( adjective )

  1. Not concrete; not physically present; not representing or imitating external reality or the object of imitation.
  2. Difficult to understand; abstruse.

Origin:

From middle english abstrait, borrowed from latin abstractus ("drawn away, separated"), past participle of abstrahere ("to draw away, detach, remove"), from ab ("away") + trahere ("to draw").

Examples:

  1. The abstract concepts of mathematics can be difficult to grasp.
  2. His music has an abstract quality that is hard to put into words.
  3. The abstract painting was full of swirling colors and shapes.
  4. The abstract idea of freedom is one that has been debated throughout history.
  5. The results of the study are presented in abstract form in the journal article.

(As a noun)

Abstract ( noun )

  1. Not concrete; not physically present; not representing or imitating external reality or the object of imitation.
  2. Difficult to understand; abstruse.

Origin:

From middle english abstrait, borrowed from latin abstractus ("drawn away, separated"), past participle of abstrahere ("to draw away, detach, remove"), from ab ("away") + trahere ("to draw").

Examples:

  1. The abstract concepts of mathematics can be difficult to grasp.
  2. His music has an abstract quality that is hard to put into words.
  3. The abstract painting was full of swirling colors and shapes.
  4. The abstract idea of freedom is one that has been debated throughout history.
  5. The results of the study are presented in abstract form in the journal article.

(As a verb)

Abstract ( verb )

  1. Not concrete; not physically present; not representing or imitating external reality or the object of imitation.
  2. Difficult to understand; abstruse.

Origin:

From middle english abstrait, borrowed from latin abstractus ("drawn away, separated"), past participle of abstrahere ("to draw away, detach, remove"), from ab ("away") + trahere ("to draw").

Examples:

  1. The abstract concepts of mathematics can be difficult to grasp.
  2. His music has an abstract quality that is hard to put into words.
  3. The abstract painting was full of swirling colors and shapes.
  4. The abstract idea of freedom is one that has been debated throughout history.
  5. The results of the study are presented in abstract form in the journal article.
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