trun·​cat·​ed | \ ˈtrəŋ-ˌkā-təd How to pronounce truncated (audio) , ˈtrən- \

Definition of truncated

1a : cut short : curtailed a truncated schedule
b : lacking an expected or normal element (such as a syllable) at the beginning or end : catalectic
2 : having the apex replaced by a plane section and especially by one parallel to the base a truncated cone

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Recent Examples on the Web Major League Baseball and its players union were meeting on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press, with the league pitching plans for a truncated, coronavirus-shortened 2020 season. NBC News, "At least one notable player is skeptical about Major League Baseball's reported restart plans," 16 Apr. 2020 But the lessons of the truncated drill are vital for Western war plans, which depend on armies being able to dash east over Europe’s disjointed road and rail system in a crisis. The Economist, "Yankees go home America’s dry run to defend Europe is derailed by covid-19," 23 Apr. 2020 With a truncated workforce, operations at BigBasket came to a standstill. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "How BigBasket managed a 900% spike in orders with only half the staff during India’s lockdown," 23 Apr. 2020 Legislators had already laid out a truncated schedule for the rest of 2020. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "With Budget Passed, New York State Legislature Has No Clear Next Steps," 5 Apr. 2020 The truncated timeline of a runoff election doesn’t help. John Wildermuth,, "Coronavirus has campaigns in key California race scrambling to reach voters," 9 Apr. 2020 Despite the truncated format, hundreds of colleges throughout the country have given similar assurances. Sonali Kohli, Los Angeles Times, "What about grades? Coronavirus school closures? AP tests? College? A student Q&A," 9 Apr. 2020 And infinite numbers get truncated inside black holes. Quanta Magazine, "Does Time Really Flow? New Clues Come From a Century-Old Approach to Math.," 7 Apr. 2020 That recommendation would preclude teams from even staging a truncated spring training, which would require at least two to three weeks to get players back into game shape. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "MLB: Staging every game in one location an option, but not endorsing 'any particular format'," 7 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of truncated

circa 1704, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of truncated was circa 1704

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15 May 2020

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“Truncated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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