Adjective: abstract 'ab,strakt
Verb: abstract 'ab,strakt
- Existing only in the mind; separated from embodiment
"abstract words like 'truth' and 'justice'"
- Not representing or imitating external reality or the objects of nature
"a large abstract painting";
- abstractionist, nonfigurative, nonobjective
- Dealing with a subject in the abstract without practical purpose or intention
"abstract reasoning"; "abstract science"
- (computing) of a class in object-oriented programming, being a partial basis for subclasses rather than being completely defined and directly usable
Noun: abstract 'ab,strakt
- Consider a concept without thinking of a specific example; consider abstractly or theoretically
- Make off with belongings of others
- pilfer, cabbage, purloin, pinch [Brit], snarf [N. Amer], swipe, hook, sneak, filch [informal], nobble [Brit], lift, snatch, whip [Brit], nick [Brit, informal]
- Consider apart from a particular case or instance
"Let's abstract away from this particular example"
- Give an abstract (of)
- A concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
"he loved her only in the abstract--not in person";
- A sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory
- outline, synopsis, précis
Derived forms: abstracts, abstracting, abstracted
See also: abstractness, conceptional, conceptual, ideal, ideational, ideologic, ideological, impalpable, intangible, nonrepresentational, notional, theoretical
Type of: concept, conception, consider, construct, look at, reckon, regard, resume, run over, see, steal, sum up, summarise [Brit], summarize, summary, sum-up, take, view