n. - A monastery or society of persons of either sex, secluded from the world and devoted to religion and celibacy; also, the monastic building or buildings.
n. - The church of a monastery.
n. - The superior or head of an abbey.
n. - One of a class of bishops whose sees were formerly abbeys.
v. t. - To make briefer; to shorten; to abridge; to reduce by contraction or omission, especially of words written or spoken.
v. t. - To reduce to lower terms, as a fraction.
a. - Abbreviated; abridged; shortened.
a. - Having one part relatively shorter than another or than the ordinary type.
n. - An abridgment.
n. - The act of shortening, or reducing.
n. - The result of abbreviating; an abridgment.
n. - The form to which a word or phrase is reduced by contraction and omission; a letter or letters, standing for a word or phrase of which they are a part; as, Gen. for Genesis; U.S.A. for United States of America.
n. - One dash, or more, through the stem of a note, dividing it respectively into quavers, semiquavers, or demi-semiquavers.
v. t. - To surrender or relinquish, as sovereign power; to withdraw definitely from filling or exercising, as a high office, station, dignity; as, to abdicate the throne, the crown, the papacy.
v. t. - To renounce; to relinquish; -- said of authority, a trust, duty, right, etc.
v. t. - To reject; to cast off.
v. t. - To disclaim and expel from the family, as a father his child; to disown; to disinherit.
v. i. - To relinquish or renounce a throne, or other high office or dignity.
n. - The act of abdicating; the renunciation of a high office, dignity, or trust, by its holder; commonly the voluntary renunciation of sovereign power; as, abdication of the throne, government, power, authority.
n. - The belly, or that part of the body between the thorax and the pelvis. Also, the cavity of the belly, which is lined by the peritoneum, and contains the stomach, bowels, and other viscera. In man, often restricted to the part between the diaphragm and the commencement of the pelvis, the remainder being called the pelvic cavity.
n. - The posterior section of the body, behind the thorax, in insects, crustaceans, and other Arthropoda.
a. - Of or pertaining to the abdomen; ventral; as, the abdominal regions, muscles, cavity.
a. - Having abdominal fins; belonging to the Abdominales; as, abdominal fishes.
n. - A fish of the group Abdominales.
v. t. - To take away surreptitiously by force; to carry away (a human being) wrongfully and usually by violence; to kidnap.
v. t. - To draw away, as a limb or other part, from its ordinary position.
n. - The act of abducing or abducting; a drawing apart; a carrying away.
n. - The movement which separates a limb or other part from the axis, or middle line, of the body.
n. - The wrongful, and usually the forcible, carrying off of a human being; as, the abduction of a child, the abduction of an heiress.
n. - A syllogism or form of argument in which the major is evident, but the minor is only probable.