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1. Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
abbreviature, abrege, abridgment, abstract, apocope, aposiopesis, astriction, astringency, blue-penciling, bottleneck, bowdlerization, brief, cancellation, capsule, censoring, censorship, cervix, circumscription, clipping, coarctation, compactedness, compaction, compend, compression, compressure, concentration, condensation, condensed version, consolidation, conspectus, constriction, constringency, contraction, contracture, crasis, curtailment, cutting, decrease, deletion, digest, diminuendo, draft, editing, elision, ellipsis, epitome, erasure, expurgation, foreshortening, head, hourglass, hourglass figure, isthmus, knitting, narrow place, narrowing, neck, omission, outline, overview, pandect, precis, pruning, puckering, pursing, recap, recapitulation, reduction, retrenchment, review, rubric, shortened version, shortening, skeleton, sketch, solidification, stranglement, strangulation, striction, stricture, striking, summary, summation, survey, syllabus, syncope, syneresis, synopsis, systole, telescoping, thumbnail sketch, topical outline, truncation, wasp waist, wrinkling
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1. WordNet® 3.0 (2006)
    n 1: a shortened form of a word or phrase
    2: shortening something by omitting parts of it

2. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Abbreviation \Ab*bre`vi*a"tion\, n. [LL. abbreviatio: cf. F.
   1. The act of shortening, or reducing.
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   2. The result of abbreviating; an abridgment. --Tylor.
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   3. The form to which a word or phrase is reduced by
      contraction and omission; a letter or letters, standing
      for a word or phrase of which they are a part; as, Gen.
      for Genesis; U.S.A. for United States of America.
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   4. (Mus.) One dash, or more, through the stem of a note,
      dividing it respectively into quavers, semiquavers, or
      demi-semiquavers. --Moore.
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3. Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856)
ABBREVIATION, practice.  The omission of some words or letters in writing;
as when fieri facias is written fi. fa.
     2. In writing contracts it is the better practice to make no
abbreviations; but in recognizances, and many other contracts, they are
used; as John Doe tent to prosecute, &c. Richard Roe tent to appear, &c.
when the recognizances are used, they are drawn out in extenso. See 4 Ca. &
P. 61; S.C.19E.C.L.R.268; 9 Co.48.

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