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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
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acronym

(jargon)
An identifier formed from some of the letters (often the initials) of a phrase and used as an abbreviation. This dictionary contains a great many acronyms; see the contents page for a list.

See also TLA.

acronym

A word typically made up of the first letters of two or more words; for example, BASIC stands for "Beginners All purpose Symbolic Instruction Code." Letters within a word are also used; for example, XML means "eXtensible Markup Language."

Technically, if only first letters are used, the term is an "initialism," but this distinction is not widely made. For an excellent acronym resource, visit www.acronymfinder.com. See backronym.
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For some reason, false etymologies of the acronymic (bacronymic) type are particularly popular.
So, while certain curative interpersonal factors clearly operate in all of these acronymic treatment modalities, research reports dealing with SD, VR and EMDR (such as those referred to earlier) typically under-emphasise the role of such factors both in the formation and maintenance of phobias and in their treatment.
The rap and hip-hop divisions of the popular culture alluded to in the acronymic title of Mr Blair's initiative have made poetical and musical demands for respect, usually with veiled or not-so-veiled menaces, a familiar theme among the young people at whom they have been directed.
While multi-director episode films emphasize the marquee value of several auteurs (a point made conspicuous with the acronymic RoGoPaG [1962], which features the individual contributions of Rossellini, Godard, Pasolini, and Gregoretti), they are nevertheless conceptualized as a whole and subsequently put together by producers.
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The family was Dehaeck, the town was Ypres, and their industrial patisserie production eventually gave rise to the acronymic company name of PIDY--Patisserie Industrielle Dehaeck Ypres.
Having laid most of his poetic peers, including Yeats, symbolically to rest in the acronymic essay 'RIP', Beckett continued in the thirties and beyond to attack both Ireland itself and those authors going through the 'Celtic drill of extraversion'--attacks more often than not crouched in 'bog' imagery (Disjecta, p.
Smiley, the murderer, keeps the sheriffs and other acronymic forces pinned down with an AKA and eventually the house is burned to the ground.
Obviously, any attempt at defending the numerical ratios above entirely misses the point, as does also the current preoccupation with so-called WMD's, or the cold-war acronymic bogey, ABC, for atomic, biological, chemical weaponry.
The groups expressed concern that the MAI designation now carries no acronymic meaning and felt this sent a wrong message to users of the appraisals and the general public.
Acronymic notation of individual test specimens was used to indicate the wall length in feet (02, 04, 08, or 12), the type of overturning restraint (FA = full anchorage), the load regime (m = monotonic; c = cyclic), and replication number (1, 2, etc.
Initial members include a who's-who of acronymic internet management bodies, such as ISOC, RIPE-NCC, ARIN, APNIC and LACNIC, as well as commercial interests including Cisco, MCI, UltraDNS, Afilias and XO Communications.