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truncate

verb trun·cate \ ˈtrəŋ-ˌkāt , ˈtrən- \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of truncate

truncated; truncating
transitive verb
1 : to shorten by or as if by cutting off
2 : to replace (an edge or corner of a crystal) by a plane

truncation

play \trəŋ-ˈkā-shən, trən-\ noun

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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

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First Known Use of truncate

circa 1717


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truncate

adjective

Definition of truncate

: having the end square or even
  • truncate leaves

The Connection Between truncate and Trees

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."

Origin and Etymology of truncate

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


TRUNCATE Defined for English Language Learners

truncate

verb

Definition of truncate for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) shorter



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