- 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.
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Examples from the Web for truncate
Something traumatic causes a person to truncate himself or herself in that way.How 'Scandal' Star Bellamy Young Transformed Mellie Into Fans' Favorite Character
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The fourth glume is very narrow, truncate, 3-nerved, paleate.A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses
Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar
Abdomen half as long as the thorax, also of irregular and oblique form, with knee-shaped outline and a wide, truncate mouth.
The regular, circular pores are in the campanulate thorax scarcely half as broad as in the truncate, gradually dilated abdomen.
In Catabrosa the glumes are truncate, as if bitten off at the top.Grasses
H. Marshall Ward
Tree upright, leafy, very productive; leaves large, truncate.The Pears of New York
U. P. Hedrick
- (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
C15: from Latin truncāre to lop
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Word Origin and History for truncate
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To shorten by or as if by cutting off, especially by cutting across at right angles to the long axis.
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