- shortened by or as if by having a part cut off; cut short: an unnecessarily truncated essay.
- (of a geometric figure or solid) having the apex, vertex, or end cut off by a plane: a truncated cone or pyramid.
- Crystallography. (of a crystal) having corners, angles, or edges cut off or replaced by a single plane.
- Biology. truncate(def 4).
- Prosody. (of a line of verse) lacking at the beginning or end one or more unstressed syllables needed to fill out the metrical pattern.
Origin of truncated
- to shorten by cutting off a part; cut short: Truncate detailed explanations.
- Mathematics, Computers. to shorten (a number) by dropping a digit or digits: The numbers 1.4142 and 1.4987 can both be truncated to 1.4.
- square or broad at the end, as if cut off transversely.
- lacking the apex, as certain spiral shells.
Origin of truncate
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Examples from the Web for truncated
With one exception, the B-1B, the projects were canceled or truncated.How the Pentagon Strangles Its Most Advanced Stealth Warplanes
October 13, 2014
One series of tests last year was truncated so that the test aircraft and crew could go and chase drug-runners.Tomorrow’s Stealthy Subs Could Sink America’s Navy
May 12, 2014
Some names have been changed—or truncated to first-names only—due to concerns over retribution for being quoted on the topic.Sequester Furloughs Force Government Workers to Change Financial and Career Plans
August 10, 2013
An added sentence—possibly from an actual interview Goodall conducted with Aplin—followed by a pilfered (and truncated) one.Jane Goodall’s Troubling, Error-Filled New Book, ‘Seeds of Hope’
March 26, 2013
Several national news outlets picked up the truncated video, which was edited by Phoenix television station KTVK.Distorted Video Makes McCain Look Heartless Over Mass Shooting
February 24, 2013
The animals stopped on the upper plateau of the truncated cone.
Modioliform: globular, truncated at both ends; like the hub of a wheel.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
The pyramid of Cholula is of truncated form, like most of these numerous structures.Mexico
Charles Reginald Enock
Too far from the truncated kopjes to reap any benefit from them.On the Heels of De Wet
The Intelligence Officer
The general form of the egg is still that of a truncated ellipsoid.The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles
Jean Henri Fabre
- maths (of a cone, pyramid, prism, etc) having an apex or end removed by a plane intersection that is usually nonparallel to the base
- (of a crystal) having edges or corners cut off
- shortened by or as if by cutting off; truncate
- (tr) to shorten by cutting off a part, end, or top
- cut short; truncated
- biology having a blunt end, as though cut off at the tipa truncate leaf
Word Origin and History for truncated
late 15c., past participle adjective from truncate. Originally in heraldry; modern senses are post-1700.
- To shorten by or as if by cutting off, especially by cutting across at right angles to the long axis.