A Dictionary of the English Language
                        A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson
        Search Transcribed Entries:

Abstract (verb)

View Scan · View Transcription · from page 64

View Scan · View Transcription · from page 64

To Abstra'ct. v.a. [abstraho, Lat.]

  1. To take one thing from another.

    Could we abstract from these pernicious effects, and suppose this were innocent, it would be too light to be a matter of praise. Decay of Piety.

  2. To separate ideas.

    Those, who cannot distinguish, compare and abstract, would hardly be able to understand and make use of language, or judge or reason to any tolerable degree. Locke.

  3. To reduce to an epitome.

    If we would fix in the memory the discourses we hear, or what we design to speak, let us abstract them into brief compends, and review them often. Watt's Improv. of the Mind.

Sources: Allestree, Richard (89) · Locke, John (269) · Watts, Isaac (116)

Attributes: Latin (690) · Verb Active (289)

Search for this word in: American Heritage · Cambridge · Dictionary.com · The Free Dictionary · Longman · Merriam-Webster · OneLook · Oxford Dictionaries · Vocabulary.com · Wiktionary · Wordnik

Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Abstract (verb)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: January 30, 2014. https://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/abstract-verb/.

johnsonsdictionaryonline.com is completely free to use. Johnson's dictionary is in the public domain, but please respect the hours of work put into this site by linking to it or crediting it. This site assumes no liability for its content or for the content of external sites linked to it, and has no warranty or guarantee concerning accuracy or availability.