Usage Examples for ABBREVIATE

  1. If, corresponding to this annihilation of space, we could abbreviate minutes, hours and days as in a moving- picture film, we might have the edifying spectacle of our steamer's trip reduced to a succession of loops, ricochetting from island after island, as a stone skips along the surface of the water, sliding along those dotted lines which are so characteristic a feature of coasts in our school geographies, and coming to rest at last with a splash in the muddy current off the Georgetown stelling. - "Jungle Peace" by William Beebe
  2. To abbreviate expression, we not unfrequently, in this manner, convert adjectives into nouns. - "The Grammar of English Grammars" by Goold Brown
  3. There are still physicians who think they can abort a threatened pneumonia or abbreviate typhoid fever, but they are not those who know most about the science of medicine. - "Psychotherapy" by James J. Walsh
  4. And so we became possessed of the manuscript of the following letter, which it was our employment, during many a long evening that ensuing winter, to translate, and in some parts to abbreviate. - "The Grey Woman and other Tales" by Mrs. (Elizabeth) Gaskell
  5. We have a long and toilsome way to travel, and we can by no device abbreviate it; but when we suffer and grieve, we are walking more swiftly to our goal; and the hours we spend in fear, in sending the mind in weariness along the desolate track, are merely wasted, for we can alter nothing so. - "Where No Fear Was A Book About Fear" by Arthur Christopher Benson