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truncate

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adjective trun·cate \ˈtrəŋ-ˌkāt, ˈtrən-\

Definition of truncate

  1. :  having the end square or even <truncate leaves>

Origin and Etymology of truncate

Latin truncatus, past participle of truncare to shorten, from truncus trunk


First Known Use: 1716


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truncate

transitive verb trun·cate

Definition of truncate

truncated

truncating

  1. 1 :  to shorten by or as if by cutting off

  2. 2 :  to replace (an edge or corner of a crystal) by a plane

truncation

play \trəŋ-ˈkā-shən, trən-\ noun

Examples of truncate in a sentence

  1. <a truncated version of the 11 o'clock newscast followed the awards show, which ran over its time slot—as it always does>

Did You Know?

Truncate descends from the Latin verb truncare, meaning "to shorten," which in turn can be traced back to the Latin word for the trunk of a tree, which is truncus. Incidentally, if you've guessed that truncus is also the ancestor of the English word trunk, you are correct. Truncus also gave us truncheon, which is the name for a police officer's billy club, and the obscure word obtruncate, meaning "to cut the head or top from."

Circa 1727

First Known Use of truncate

circa 1727


TRUNCATE Defined for English Language Learners


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truncate

transitive verb trun·cate

Definition of truncate for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) shorter



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