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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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Borko and Bernier (1975), for example, regard abstracting as a form of writing that has a unique style (it is not a "natural" form); abstracts must be brief, accurate, and clearly written.
They are independent of diagnosis; indeed, the abstracting can be done without any knowledge kf the patient's ultimate diagnosis.
Abstracting and indexing (A&I) databases are now well established resources for library patrons that exist alongside the various types of catalogs; increasingly, the extended functionality of local integrated library systems and the availability of Z39.50 is making it possible to offer access to catalogs and abstracting and indexing databases through common user interfaces.
It provides cover-to-cover abstracting and indexing of more than 415 key English-language periodicals.
The new database is also distinguished by a cover-to-cover approach to indexing and abstracting of publications; full 50-to-150-word abstracts, convenient as references sources in themselves and designed to provide enough information to easily determine whether articles meet research needs; time-saving search options, including keyword, controlled vocabulary, and abstract word searches; monthly updates on disc and tape, supplemented by twice-weekly updates available online; citations included for education-related legal cases; online updates available to CD-ROM and magnetic tape subscribers; and full bibliographic data for each entry.