Examples of abstraction in a Sentence
abstraction of data from hospital records
“Beauty” and “truth” are abstractions.
She gazed out the window in abstraction.
Recent Examples of abstraction from the Web
The Russia probe is no longer just an abstraction or a distraction for President Donald Trump.
This struggle against abstractions and systems continues.
In one culture, realistic depiction is the goal; in the other, it’s abstraction.
The show, which explores themes of cultural identity, otherness and the body, the border, appropriation and abstraction, features photographs by Gerardo Suter, Yvonne Venegas, Daniela Rossell, Teresa Margolles, Maya Goded and more.
There’s a sweetness in living in dreams and abstractions, but there’s a joy in living in your own body, too.
But the sum total of its gliding abstractions is a mite brainless.
The interplay between and within them brings out the dance of restraint and freedom, realism and abstraction that permeates this elegant presentation of Korean art.
Perhaps the most interesting takeaway from this show is that Osborne has chosen to move between abstraction and representation and found a natural accord between the two.
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Did You Know?
From its roots, abstraction should mean basically "something pulled or drawn away". So abstract art is art that has moved away from painting objects of the ordinary physical world in order to show something beyond it. Theories are often abstractions; so a theory about economics, for instance, may "pull back" to take a broad view that somehow explains all of economics (but maybe doesn't end up explaining any of it very successfully). An abstract of a medical or scientific article is a one-paragraph summary of its contents—that is, the basic findings "pulled out" of the article.
Origin and Etymology of abstraction
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymsidea, cogitation, concept, conception, image, impression, intellection, mind's eye, notion, picture, thought
Related Wordsapprehension, premonition, presentiment; preconception, prejudice, prepossession; chimera, delusion, hallucination, illusion, phantasm (also fantasm); caprice, conceit, fancy, freak, kink, vagary, whim; cognition, observation, perception, reflection; assumption, belief, conclusion, conviction; conjecture, guess, hunch, hypothesis, speculation, supposition, surmise, theory; brainchild, brainstorm, brain wave, inspiration
Near Antonymsactuality, fact, reality
ABSTRACTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of abstraction for English Language Learners
: the act of obtaining or removing something from a source : the act of abstracting something
: a general idea or quality rather than an actual person, object, or event : an abstract idea or quality
: the state of someone who is not paying attention to what is happening or being said : an abstracted state
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