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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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This is collected in a large compendium that the abstracter uses in reviewing the chart.
Most abstracters were given a licence to take a fixed volume of water, regardless of availability.
Trained abstracters reviewed individual pathology reports for each case and extracted data using standardized forms.