(redirected from Abbreviations)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Acronyms.


in writing, arbitrary shortening of a word, usually by cutting off letters from the end, as in U.S. and Gen. (General). Contraction serves the same purpose but is understood strictly to be the shortening of a word by cutting out letters in the middle, the omission sometimes being indicated by an apostrophe, as in the word don't. Most abbreviations are followed by a period. Usage, however, differs widely, and recently omission of periods has become common, as in NATO and UN. Acronyms are combinations of the first letters/syllables in a group of words to form a new grouping of letters that can be pronounced as a word. A period is never used when apostrophes appear. A list of abbreviationsused in this encyclopedia may be found in the prefatory matter.
References in periodicals archive ?
The rule in American English is that if an abbreviation consists of the first and last letters of that word, then one places a 'period, or full stop' after the word is shortened.
Some abbreviations hardly seem worth making at all: tinct?
Symbols and abbreviations used in mathematics are varied and increasingly more use is made of symbolic language in higher levels of schooling.
A recent US study of 30,000 medication errors, some fatal, showed 5% were linked to abbreviations in notes.
The learners learn certain abbreviations that are peculiar to the study of that field for example C stands for Carbon and Ca for Calcium in Chemistry.
The meaning of mathematical symbols and abbreviations
To be fair, always assuming we want to be fair, no organization on earth could establish and maintain a list of unique abbreviations for every published work by every author in every modern language.
uk, also found that most Britons don't know the most often used financial abbreviations.
There's no shortage of ones and zeros in the computers where these point names live, so let's make the names easy to understand without the users having to decode abbreviations.
5%), nonstandard abbreviations, and lack of definitions for abbreviations.
The suggestion of such approach is based on the high correlation among many abbreviations and acronyms which was studied.
Regarding alphabet soup, acronyms and other abbreviations are overused.