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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Abbreviation  \Ab*bre`vi*a"tion\,  n.  [LL.  abbreviatio:  cf  F. 
  abbr['e]viation.] 
  1.  The  act  of  shortening,  or  reducing. 
 
  2.  The  result  of  abbreviating;  an  abridgment.  --Tylor. 
 
  3.  The  form  to  which  a  word  or  phrase  is  reduced  by 
  contraction  and  omission;  a  letter  or  letters,  standing 
  for  a  word  or  phrase  of  which  they  are  a  part  as  Gen. 
  for  Genesis;  U.S.A.  for  United  States  of  America. 
 
  4.  (Mus.)  One  dash,  or  more  through  the  stem  of  a  note, 
  dividing  it  respectively  into  quavers,  semiquavers,  or 
  demi-semiquavers.  --Moore. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  abbreviation 
  n  1:  a  shortened  form  of  a  word  or  phrase 
  2:  shortening  something  by  omitting  parts  of  it 




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