To Abbre'viate. v.a. [Lat. abbreviare.]
- To shorten by contraction of parts without lots of the main substance.
It is one thing to abbreviate by contracting, another by cutting off. Bacon. Essay 26.
The only invention of late years, which hath any way contributed towards politeness in discourse, is that of abbreviating or reducing words of many syllables into one, by lopping off the rest. Swift's Introduction to genteel conversation.
- To shorten, to cut short.
Against this opinion we may very well set the length of their days before the flood; which were abbreviated after, and in half this space contracted into hundreds and threescores. Brown's Vulgar Errours, b. vi. c. 6.