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
Her abstractions aim to depict her love of the land, specifically her homes away from home: South Carolina’s Lowcountry, Virginia’s Hunt Country, and Montana’s Ruby River Valley.
The continuation of a movement begun over a half-century ago, the artists in this exhibition approach abstraction from a perspective new to this century, new to this decade.
Artists turned from abstraction to conceptual and performance-oriented work, forms that functioned outside of institutional settings and involved more direct engagement with local communities.
As Diebenkorn moved on to graduate school in New Mexico and more teaching in Urbana, Ill., his painting fully embraced the vast expanses of gestural abstraction.
For the Republican mayor of Miami Beach, this isn’t some abstraction.
While the end result would be wealth to the point of abstraction, Hayward approached his free agency this summer with a mix of wonderment and unease, knowing his persona would no longer be grata in at least one NBA market.
Each one of these cruelties can be, and are, rationalized with reference to a high-minded abstraction.
The entire experience at Vespertine, from the lack of right angles in the dining room, to the throbbing four-note soundtrack, to the overwhelming abstraction of the food, to the stunning cost of dinner, is going to drive many of you insane.
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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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