1. Noun.  An abridgement or summary.
  2. Noun.  Something that concentrates in itself the qualities of something else.
  3. Noun.  An abstraction; an abstract term.
  4. Noun.  (arts) An abstract work of art.
  5. Noun.  That which is abstract.
  6. Noun.  (medicine) A powdered solid extract of a vegetable substance mixed with sugar of milk in such proportion that one part of the abstract represents two parts of the original substance.
  7. Adjective.  (obsolete) Extracted.
  8. Adjective.  Considered apart from any application to a particular object; removed from; apart from; separate; abstracted.
  9. Adjective.  Absent in mind.
  10. Adjective.  Apart from practice or reality; not concrete; ideal; vague; theoretical; impersonal.
  11. Adjective.  Difficult to understand; abstruse.
  12. Adjective.  (arts) Free from representational qualities.
  13. Adjective.  (logic) General (as opposed to particular).
  14. Adjective.  (computing) Of a class in object-oriented programming, being a partial basis for subclasses rather than a complete template for objects.
  15. Verb.  (transitive) To separate; to remove; to take away.
  16. Verb.  (transitive) To withdraw.
  17. Verb.  (transitive) (''euphemistic'') To steal; to take away; to remove without permission.
  18. Verb.  (transitive) (arts) To create artistic abstractions of.
  19. Verb.  (transitive) To summarize; to abridge; to epitomize.
  20. Verb.  (transitive) To consider abstractly; to contemplate separately or by itself.
  21. Verb.  (transitive) To draw off (interest or attention).
  22. Verb.  (transitive) (obsolete) To extract by means of distillation.
  23. Verb.  (intransitive) To withdraw oneself; to retire.
  24. Verb.  (intransitive) (rare) To perform the process of abstraction.
  25. Verb.  (intransitive) (computing) To produce an abstraction, usually by refactoring existing code. Generally used with "out".

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