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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Abstract  \Ab*stract"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Abstracted};  p.  pr 
  &  vb  n.  {Abstracting}.]  [See  {Abstract},  a.] 
  1.  To  withdraw;  to  separate;  to  take  away 
 
  He  was  incapable  of  forming  any  opinion  or 
  resolution  abstracted  from  his  own  prejudices.  --Sir 
  W.  Scott. 
 
  2.  To  draw  off  in  respect  to  interest  or  attention;  as  his 
  was  wholly  abstracted  by  other  objects. 
 
  The  young  stranger  had  been  abstracted  and  silent. 
  --Blackw.  Mag. 
 
  3.  To  separate,  as  ideas,  by  the  operation  of  the  mind;  to 
  consider  by  itself  to  contemplate  separately,  as  a 
  quality  or  attribute.  --Whately. 
 
  4.  To  epitomize;  to  abridge.  --Franklin. 
 
  5.  To  take  secretly  or  dishonestly;  to  purloin;  as  to 
  abstract  goods  from  a  parcel,  or  money  from  a  till. 
 
  Von  Rosen  had  quietly  abstracted  the  bearing-reins 
  from  the  harness.  --W.  Black. 
 
  6.  (Chem.)  To  separate,  as  the  more  volatile  or  soluble  parts 
  of  a  substance,  by  distillation  or  other  chemical 
  processes.  In  this  sense  extract  is  now  more  generally 
  used 




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