(noun) shortening something by omitting parts of it


(noun) a shortened form of a word or phrase

Source: WordNet® 3.1



abbreviation (countable and uncountable, plural abbreviations)

The result of shortening or reducing; abridgment. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]

(linguistics) A shortened or contracted form of a word or phrase, used to represent the whole, utilizing omission of letters, and sometimes substitution of letters, or duplication of initial letters to signify plurality, including signs such as +, =, @. [Late 16th century.]

The process of abbreviating. [Mid 16th century.]

(music) A notation used in music score to denote a direction, as pp or mf.

(music) One or more dashes through the stem of a note, dividing it respectively into quavers, semiquavers, demisemiquavers, or hemidemisemiquavers.

Any convenient short form used as a substitution for an understood or inferred whole.

(biology) Loss during evolution of the final stages of the ancestral ontogenetic pattern.

(mathematics) Reduction to lower terms, as a fraction.


• abbreviature; abridgement; abstract; compend; compression; condensation; contraction; curtailment; epitome; reduction; shortcut; summary


• amplification; dilation; enlargement; expansion; expatiation; extension; production


• (linguistics): acronym (employing initial letters or syllables); initialism (employing initial letters); symbol, sign (employing marks other than letters)

Source: Wiktionary

Ab*bre`vi*a"tion, n. Etym: [LL. abbreviatio: cf. F. abbréviation.]

1. The act of shortening, or reducing.

2. The result of abbreviating; an abridgment. Tylor.

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.

4. (Mus.)

Definition: One dash, or more, through the stem of a note, dividing it respectively into quavers, semiquavers, or demi-semiquavers. Moore.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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According to Guinness World Records, the most massive cup of coffee contained 22,739.14 liters and was created by Alcaldía Municipal de Chinchiná (Colombia) at Parque de Bolívar, Chinchiná, Caldas, Colombia, on 15 June 2019. Fifty people worked for more than a month to build this giant cup. The drink prepared was Arabic coffee.

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