Ab·bre·vi·ate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Abbreviated; p. pr. & vb. n. Abbreviating.]
1. To make briefer; to shorten; to abridge; to reduce by contraction or omission, especially of words written or spoken.
It is one thing to abbreviate by contracting, another by cutting off. --Bacon.
2. Math. To reduce to lower terms, as a fraction.
Ab·bre·vi·a·ted a. Shortened; relatively short; abbreviate.
adj 1: (of clothing) very short; "an abbreviated swimsuit"; "a
brief bikini" [syn: brief]
2: cut short in duration; "the abbreviated speech"; "a
curtailed visit"; "her shortened life was clearly the
result of smoking"; "an unsatisfactory truncated
conversation" [syn: shortened, truncated]