ab·stract·ed /æbˈstræktəd, ˈæbˌ/
Ab·stract v. t. [imp. & p. p. Abstracted; p. pr. & vb. n. Abstracting.]
1. To withdraw; to separate; to take away.
He was incapable of forming any opinion or resolution abstracted from his own prejudices. --Sir W. Scott.
2. To draw off in respect to interest or attention; as, his was wholly abstracted by other objects.
The young stranger had been abstracted and silent. --Blackw. Mag.
3. To separate, as ideas, by the operation of the mind; to consider by itself; to contemplate separately, as a quality or attribute.
4. To epitomize; to abridge.
5. To take secretly or dishonestly; to purloin; as, to abstract goods from a parcel, or money from a till.
Von Rosen had quietly abstracted the bearing-reins from the harness. --W. Black.
6. Chem. To separate, as the more volatile or soluble parts of a substance, by distillation or other chemical processes. In this sense extract is now more generally used.
1. Separated or disconnected; withdrawn; removed; apart.
The evil abstracted stood from his own evil. --Milton.
2. Separated from matter; abstract; ideal. [Obs.]
3. Abstract; abstruse; difficult. [Obs.]
4. Inattentive to surrounding objects; absent in mind. “An abstracted scholar.”
adj 1: taken out of or separated from; "possibility
is...achievability, abstracted from achievement"-
A.N.Whitehead [syn: removed]
2: lost in thought; showing preoccupation; "an absent stare";
"an absentminded professer"; "the scatty glancing quality
of a hyperactive but unfocused intelligence" [syn: absent,