What is abbreviation?

  • (noun): Shortening something by omitting parts of it.
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An abbreviation (from Latin brevis, meaning short) is a shortened form of a word or phrase. Usually, but not always, it consists of a letter or group of letters taken from the word or phrase. For example, the word abbreviation can itself be represented by the abbreviation abbr., abbrv. or abbrev.

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List Of Acronyms And Initialisms: Z
... For the purposes of this list acronym = an abbreviation pronounced as a series of constituent letters, e.g ... = severe acute respiratory syndrome initialism = an abbreviation pronounced wholly or partly using the names of its constituent letters, e.g ... CD = compact disc pseudo-blend = an abbreviation whose extra or omitted letters means that it cannot stand as a true acronym, initialism, or portmanteau (a word formed by ...
Syllabic Abbreviation - Usage - Organisations
... See also Neologism Partially syllabic abbreviations are preferred by the US Navy, as it increases readability amidst the large number of initialisms ...
... with the surname include Carl Bolle (1821-1909), German naturalist whose standard abbreviation as a botanist is "Bolle" Bolle's Pigeon, named after the naturalist Friedrich Franz August Albrecht Bolle (1905-1999 ...
List Of Latin Abbreviations
... Even when Latin fell out of use, many Latin abbreviations continued to be used due to their precise simplicity and Latin's status as a learned language ... All abbreviations are given with full stops, although these are omitted or included as a personal preference in most situations ... Latin abbreviations Abbreviation Latin Translation Usage and notes A.D ...

More definitions of "abbreviation":

  • (noun): A shortened form of a word or phrase.