ALL meanings of abstraction

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  • variable noun abstraction An abstraction is a general idea rather than one relating to a particular object, person, or situation. 3
  • uncountable noun abstraction Abstraction is the state of being very deep in thought. 3
  • uncountable noun abstraction Abstraction is the use of shapes and patterns in art. 3
  • noun abstraction absence of mind; preoccupation 3
  • noun abstraction the process of formulating generalized ideas or concepts by extracting common qualities from specific examples 3
  • noun abstraction an idea or concept formulated in this way 3
  • noun abstraction an operator that forms a class name or predicate from any given expression 3
  • noun abstraction an abstract painting, sculpture, etc 3
  • noun abstraction the act of withdrawing or removing 3
  • noun abstraction an abstracting or being abstracted; removal 3
  • noun abstraction formation of an idea, as of the qualities or properties of a thing, by mental separation from particular instances or material objects 3
  • noun abstraction an idea so formed, or a word or term for it 3
  • noun abstraction an unrealistic or impractical notion 3
  • noun abstraction mental withdrawal; absent-mindedness 3
  • noun abstraction an abstract quality 3
  • noun abstraction a picture, statue, etc. that is wholly or partly abstract 3
  • noun Technical meaning of abstraction 1. Generalisation; ignoring or hiding details to capture some kind of commonality between different instances. Examples are abstract data types (the representation details are hidden), abstract syntax (the details of the concrete syntax are ignored), abstract interpretation (details are ignored to analyse specific properties). 2.   (programming)   Parameterisation, making something a function of something else. Examples are lambda abstractions (making a term into a function of some variable), higher-order functions (parameters are functions), bracket abstraction (making a term into a function of a variable). Opposite of concretisation. 1
  • noun abstraction an abstract or general idea or term. 1
  • noun abstraction the act of considering something as a general quality or characteristic, apart from concrete realities, specific objects, or actual instances. 1
  • noun abstraction an impractical idea; something visionary and unrealistic. 1
  • noun abstraction the act of taking away or separating; withdrawal: The sensation of cold is due to the abstraction of heat from our bodies. 1
  • noun abstraction secret removal, especially theft. 1
  • noun abstraction absent-mindedness; inattention; mental absorption. 1
  • noun abstraction Fine Arts. the abstract qualities or characteristics of a work of art. a work of art, especially a nonrepresentational one, stressing formal relationships. 1
  • noun abstraction using concepts, ideas 1
  • noun abstraction abstract image, idea 1
  • noun abstraction The quality of dealing with ideas rather than events. 1
  • noun abstraction The act of abstracting, separating, withdrawing, or taking away; withdrawal; the state of being taken away. 0
  • noun abstraction A separation from worldly objects; a recluse life, as a hermit's abstraction; the withdrawal from one's senses. 0
  • noun abstraction The act of focusing on one characteristic of an object rather than the object as a whole group of characteristics; the act of separating said qualities from the object or ideas. 0
  • noun abstraction The act of comparing commonality between distinct objects and organizing using those similarities; the act of generalizing characteristics; the product of said generalization. 0
  • noun abstraction An idea or notion of an abstract or theoretical nature. 0
  • noun abstraction Absence or absorption of mind; inattention to present objects; preoccupation. 0
  • noun abstraction (art) An abstract creation, or piece of art; qualities of artwork that are free from representational aspects. 0
  • noun abstraction (chemistry) A separation of volatile parts by the act of distillation. 0
  • noun abstraction An idea of an unrealistic or visionary nature. 0
  • noun abstraction The result of mentally abstracting an idea; the results of said process. 0
  • noun abstraction (geology) The merging of two river valleys by the larger of the two deepening and widening so much so, as to assimilate the smaller. 0
  • noun abstraction (computing) Any generalization technique that ignores or hides details to capture some kind of commonality between different instances for the purpose of controlling the intellectual complexity of engineered systems, particularly software systems. 0
  • noun abstraction (computing) Any intellectual construct produced through the technique of abstraction. 0
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