- of or relating to the formal aspect of art, emphasizing lines, colors, generalized or geometrical forms, etc., especially with reference to their relationship to one another.
- (often initial capital letter) pertaining to the nonrepresentational art styles of the 20th century.
verb (used with object)
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Great injury was done him by abstracting some 20,000 of his men by discharges, transfers, and details.A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital|John Beauchamp Jones
Man has the happy faculty of abstracting his attention from things remote.Creed And Deed|Felix Adler
But abstracting these glaring errors, the conception and execution of the work are as perfect as possible.
Acquisition by agreement of right of abstracting water from the river.Boating|W. B. Woodgate
"It be very good tea," she says, telling a little untruth for the sake of abstracting his thoughts.Gwen Wynn|Mayne Reid