abstract abstract  /æb ˈstrækt/


  1. (n) a sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory
  2. (n) a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
  3. (adj) existing only in the mind; separated from embodiment
  4. (v) consider a concept without thinking of a specific example; consider abstractly or theoretically
  5. (adj) dealing with a subject in the abstract without practical purpose or intention
  6. (v) make off with belongings of others
  7. (v) consider apart from a particular case or instance
  8. (v) give an abstract (of)
  9. (adj) not representing or imitating external reality or the objects of nature


  1. IT is not easy to find meaning amid the drips and daubs, splashes and swirls of contemporary abstract painting.
  2. Wassily Kandinsky was one of the first modern artists to put abstraction into the visual vocabulary of 20th century painting.
  3. The abstract drawing After a Drawing From the Year 1919, for example, reduces an air attack on a boat to bare lines and geometrical shapes.


  1. Signs and Symptoms of Psoriatic Arthritis Significantly Improved in Patients Receiving Long-Term Oral Apremilast ...

    ABSTRACT #LB0001
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance

  2. Julie Shipp's Abstract Paintings Point To The Sky

    Richly atmospheric and brilliantly colored, Julie Shipp’s abstract paintings evoke dramatic moments of sunlight shining through storm clouds or the disorienting sensation of floating, in an emerald sea without knowing which way is up or down. Partly inspired by 19th-century landscapes, her work can be described as “Turneresque,” but unlike J.M.W. Turner’s atmospheric paintings, Shipp leaves out ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: San Antonio Current

  3. Fitch Publishes CLO Indenture Abstract for KVK CLO 2013-1 Ltd.

    Link to Fitch Ratings' Report: KVK CLO2013-1 Ltd. --- CLO Indenture Abstract
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance


  1. "I will seek somebody with a sharp and independent mind and a record of excellence and integrity," he said in May 2009, just before he chose Sonia Sotomayor. "I will seek someone who understands that justice isn't about some abstract legal...
    on Jun 27, 2010 By: Barack Obama Source: CNN International

  2. "The patent application here can be rejected under our precedents on the unpatentability of abstract ideas," Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the court. "The court, therefore, need not define further what constitutes a patentable process."
    on Jun 28, 2010 By: Anthony Kennedy Source: The Associated Press

  3. Sotomayor answered, "I can't answer that in the abstract:That question wouldn't come to me as a citizen. It would come to me as a judge, in the context of some action someone is taking."
    on Jul 15, 2009 By: Sonia Sotomayor Source: Wall Street Journal Blogs (blog)

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