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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Abbreviate  \Ab*bre"vi*ate\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Abbreviated}; 
  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Abbreviating}.]  [L.  abbreviatus  p.  p.  of 
  abbreviare  ad  +  breviare  to  shorten,  fr  brevis  short.  See 
  {Abridge}.] 
  1.  To  make  briefer;  to  shorten;  to  abridge;  to  reduce  by 
  contraction  or  omission,  especially  of  words  written  or 
  spoken. 
 
  It  is  one  thing  to  abbreviate  by  contracting, 
  another  by  cutting  off  --Bacon. 
 
  2.  (Math.)  To  reduce  to  lower  terms,  as  a  fraction. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Abbreviate  \Ab*bre"vi*ate\,  a.  [L.  abbreviatus  p.  p.] 
  1.  Abbreviated;  abridged;  shortened.  [R.]  ``The  abbreviate 
  form.''  --Earle. 
 
  2.  (Biol.)  Having  one  part  relatively  shorter  than  another  or 
  than  the  ordinary  type 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Abbreviate  \Ab*bre"vi*ate\,  n. 
  An  abridgment.  [Obs.]  --Elyot. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  abbreviate 
  v  1:  reduce  in  scope  while  retaining  essential  elements;  "The 
  manuscript  must  be  shortened"  [syn:  {abridge},  {foreshorten}, 
  {shorten},  {cut},  {contract},  {reduce}] 
  2:  shorten,  as  of  words  "Abbreviate  `New  York'  and  write 
  `NY'." 




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