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1. denoting art characterized by geometric, formalized, or otherwise nonrepresentational qualities
2. Philosophy (of an idea) functioning for some empiricists as the meaning of a general term
3. an abstract painting, sculpture, etc.



a brief oral or written summary of a book, a scientific or scholarly work, or the results of a scientific or scholarly study. An abstract generally aims to provide scientific or scholarly information. The dissertation abstract written by those seeking the degree of candidate or doctor of sciences is a summary of the dissertation’s chief scholarly and theoretical propositions.

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169 million m3 of water abstracted for the public water supply
As a result, articles from the Journal of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences may be indexed and abstracted in any of the more than 40 CAB International abstracting sources.
Moreover, absolute standards make little sense since several factors would influence the brevity: length, complexity or diversity of the original, type of abstract (indicative, informative, critical), and accessibility of the original (one could argue that materials less physically or intellectually accessible--e.g., published in obscure sources or unfamiliar languages--should be abstracted more fully).