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Adjective: abstract  'ab,strakt
  1. Not representing or imitating external reality or the objects of nature
    "a large abstract painting";
    - abstractionist, nonfigurative, nonobjective
     
  2. Dealing with a subject in the abstract without practical purpose or intention
    "abstract reasoning"; "abstract science"
     
  3. Existing only in the mind; separated from embodiment
    "abstract words like 'truth' and 'justice'"
     
  4. (computing) of a class in object-oriented programming, being a partial basis for subclasses rather than being completely defined and directly usable
Verb: abstract  'ab,strakt
  1. Consider a concept without thinking of a specific example; consider abstractly or theoretically
     
  2. Consider apart from a particular case or instance
    "Let's abstract away from this particular example"
     
  3. Give an abstract (of)
     
  4. Take by theft
    - hook [informal], snitch [informal], thieve, cop [informal], knock off [informal], glom [N. Amer, informal], pilfer, cabbage [informal], purloin, pinch [Brit, informal], snarf [N. Amer, informal], swipe [informal], sneak [informal], filch [informal], nobble [Brit, informal], lift, whip [Brit, informal], nick [Brit, informal], blag [Brit, informal], snatch [informal]
Noun: abstract  'ab,strakt
  1. A concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
    "he loved her only in the abstract--not in person";
    - abstraction
     
  2. A sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory
    - outline, synopsis, précis, rundown

Derived forms: abstracted, abstracting, abstracts

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, rip [N. Amer, informal], rip off [informal], run over, see, steal, sum up, summarise [Brit], summarize, summary, sum-up, take, view, wrap-up

Antonym: concrete

Encyclopedia: Abstract