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abstract idea

An idea or thought that is intangible or outside the constraints or possibilities of the real world. Some regard love as but an abstract idea, as it is impossible to define what makes love real.
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abstract (something) from

1. To take something without permission. Despite all of the company's security measures, hackers abstracted classified information from the server.
2. To extract key information from a longer document or text. I had to abstract all of the relevant information from that lengthy report and then present it to management.
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abstract something from someone or something

to steal something from someone or something. (Formal.) The officer was found guilty of abstracting a rather large amount of money from the company.
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abstract something from something

to take the important information from a longer document; to extract the essentials or the gist from a piece of complicated writing. Can you abstract a shorter article from this material?
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in the abstract

In a way that is conceptual or theoretical, as opposed to actual or empirical.
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Short (five-minute) video abstracts allow authors to present their research in person to the reader.
For clinical practice abstracts, the following sections are required: Purpose, Review of Literature, Summary (of the innovation or practice), and implications for Registered Nurses or Advanced Practice Registered Nurses.
Moreover, since philosophical and theological terms are limited in their semantic meanings, and given that visual nonrepresentational imagery appeals also to the mind's eye, there is a greater chance of establishing unity through abstract art.
Review your abstract and edit for spelling and grammar prior to submission.
Inattention to abstract development details, such as spelling and grammar, indicate to reviewers that the author or authors may not have given proper attention to all other important research project quality details.
The sorry state of abstracts was an impetus to the CONSORT group to publish, in 2008, a guideline for abstracts for randomized trials.
It is not until the full article is read that the utility of an abstract can be fully appreciated.
Absence of Reliability and Validity Data for Abstract Rating Process
It was denominated as structured abstract in the editorial of that particular number (3), which is why they are currently considered synonymous, although they may not be: structuring an abstract permits its informative development.
Here you can browse the titles and click any one to see the abstract (if any) posted on the official conference site (http://www.
Abstract expressionism was a dramatic break from the more traditional European style of representational art that dominated through the 19th century.
Juli Milburn, a Lancaster High School art instructor known for abstract assemblages.
recently launched a full-service title agency, Dornoch Abstract LLC, also of Morristown, announced Glen Fishman, co-founder and managing director of both companies.
There were three kinds of works in Beatrice Caracciolo's recent exhibition: exquisitely animated abstract expressionist drawings; others that look more like landscapes (and which introduce art-historically familiar material in the form of allusions to Chinese landscape and Japanese calligraphy), and unexpectedly bold suspended or freestanding sculptures comprised of zinc sheets mounted on wooden substructures.
One way to show less and say more is to use the camera position to abstract an image, stressing detail and stimulating the imagination of the viewer in the process.