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Pronunciation:  u`breevee'eyshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  shortening something by omitting parts of it
  2. [n]  a shortened form of a word or phrase

ABBREVIATION is a 12 letter word that starts with A.


 See Also: apocope, form, shortening, signifier, word form



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ab*bre`vi*a"tion\, n. [LL. abbreviatio: cf. F.
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.

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