- square or broad at the end, as if cut off transversely.
- lacking the apex, as certain spiral shells.
Origin of truncate
OTHER WORDS FROM truncatetrun·cate·ly, adverbsub·trun·cate, adjective
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What does truncate mean?
Truncate means to shorten something by removing part of it.
You can truncate something by removing the beginning of it, the end of it, the top of it, or another part of it. In scientific and medical contexts, truncating often involves cutting off a part of something in a way that’s parallel to its base (or perpendicular to its side).
In the context of math, to truncate is to shorten a number by dropping some of the digits after the decimal place. For example, 1.524 can be truncated to 1.5.
Less commonly, truncate can be used as an adjective with the same meaning as truncated—shortened, as if having had a portion cut off.
Example: When they originally released the movie, they truncated the ending, but they’re planning to release the full version soon.
Where does truncate come from?
The first records of the word truncate come from the late 1400s. It comes from the Latin verb truncāre, “to lop” or “to cut off.” Truncāre comes from the Latin truncus, which means “stem,” “stump,” or “trunk,” and is also the basis of the word trunk, as in the trunk of a tree.
You can truncate a trunk of a tree by chopping it down to the stump, but truncate isn’t commonly applied to physical things. It’s most often used to refer to shortening intangible things, such as a schedule or a piece of writing, as in This last part is a bit long, so we’ll have to truncate it to stay within the word count.
As an adjective, truncate is used in a more specialized way in biology, in which it’s used to describe a part of an organism, such as the leaf of a plant, that looks like it has been cut off at the tip. The word truncated can also be used to describe the same thing.
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Truncate can be used in all kinds of contexts, but it’s most often applied to intangible things.
No one wants to watch another debate between 10 people where responses are truncated to 60 second sound bites. Please split up the debates to two groups of 5 even if no one else qualities.
— Ross 🍎 (@RossVarner) August 22, 2019
This article is about how truncating vs rounding is a CHOICE, and one that can lead to better or worse results, depending on what you want
Yeah sure I'll always prefer truncating (so "2+2=4" is always true) if I'm buying the meat being weighed
Not so much if I'm selling it
— Arthur Chu (@arthur_affect) August 1, 2020
— Nick Abouzeid (@nickabouzeid) September 3, 2015
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How to use truncate in a sentence
Ensure the length of your title tags is under 60-65 characters and no longer than 70 characters, otherwise, it may get truncated in the SERPs.On-page SEO: a handy checklist to tick off in 2021 and beyond|Gaurav Belani|March 11, 2021|Search Engine Watch
The department, he said, had now made public both the truncated July report and the more complete report including all nursing home deaths.Cuomo’s Nursing Home Scandal Raises Questions for One of His Senior Aides|by Joe Sexton|March 10, 2021|ProPublica
Fowler mentions that her team noticed their ad copy was being truncated, so they adjusted their descriptions and moved up calls to action to ensure they weren’t missed.Google Ads and SMBs: How to drive results on a low budget|Carolyn Lyden|January 8, 2021|Search Engine Land
You’ll notice in the chart above we had to truncate the bar for Belgium, which would have otherwise broken the axis.Mob violence at the Capitol underscores risks of lengthy presidential transitions|Christopher Ingraham|January 7, 2021|Washington Post
The first game in this year’s truncated Major League Baseball season, between the New York Yankees and the Washington Nationals, attracted the most bets for a baseball game in DraftKings’ sportsbook history.The Economics of Sports Gambling (Ep. 388 Rebroadcast)|Stephen J. Dubner|August 20, 2020|Freakonomics
Something traumatic causes a person to truncate himself or herself in that way.How 'Scandal' Star Bellamy Young Transformed Mellie Into Fans' Favorite Character|Kevin Fallon|April 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This seems to have been the form present to Rostafinski when he wrote "columella truncate."The North American Slime-Moulds|Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride
The upper margin of the cephalothorax is not rounded, but truncate.
Front margin truncate, sides almost straight, lower margin slightly convex, smooth and shiny and provided with many short hairs.
Upper edge almost truncate, yet rounded; sides evenly convex, lower edge almost straight.
Valve convex on dorsal side, apices dilated and truncate; stri distant at centre.The Diatomaceae of Philadelphia and Vicinity|Charles Sumner Boyer