Definition of abstraction
abstractionalplay \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
abstractiveplay \ab-ˈstrak-tiv, ˈab-ˌ\ adjective
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
And so BKSK exercised the architect’s prerogative to enshrine what time erodes, translating the cast foliage designs of the 19th century into contemporary digital abstractions molded in glazed terra-cotta.
Shaq, Jordan, Peyton—tend to be wealthy to the point of abstraction and/or have enough cachet to slide into career 2.0.
An exhibition of two large-scale paintings by two masters from the mid-20th century will emphasize the innovation of American abstraction in mainstream art.
Where immediately after the election, Republicans could hope to hide behind abstraction and the false promise of a pristine replacement bill, their sputtering efforts to legislate health care in the interim have completely denuded them.
With that in mind, the artists, individually and collectively at Ferus, began to take abstraction into novel directions.
His work ranged from eye-tingling abstractions that emphasized color and pattern to create illusions of radiant light that buzzed on the retina.
In the middle of the map, climate change can feel like an abstraction.
For the Sanchez family, ICE's crackdown in recent months is no longer an abstraction.
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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
borrowed from Middle French & Late Latin; Middle French, “abduction (of a woman), removal, extraction (of a foreign body from a wound), (in philosophy) process by which the mind is able to form universal representations of the properties of distinct objects,” borrowed from Late Latin abstractiōn-, abstractiō, from Latin abstrac- (variant stem of abstrahere “to remove forcibly”) + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns — more at 1abstract
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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
ABSTRACTION Defined for Kids
Definition of abstraction for Students
1 : the act of summarizing : the state of being summarized
2 : a thought or thoughts about general qualities or ideas rather than people or things
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