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OTHER WORDS FROM truncatedsub·trun·cat·ed, adjective
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What does truncated mean?
Truncated means shortened, as if having had a portion cut off.
The verb truncate means to shorten something in this way.
As an adjective, truncated can be used in several specialized ways, all of which describe things that have been shortened or seem like they’ve been shortened or cut off.
In geometry, it’s used to describe a shape that has had one of its parts or corners cut off. In crystallography, it’s used to describe a crystal whose corners, angles, or edges are cut off. In biology, 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. In poetry, it’s used to describe a line that has fewer syllables that the meter (the rhythm of the line) suggests it should.
Still, truncated is most commonly used in a general way. A more common and less formal synonym is shortened.
Example: Most people have only ever seen the truncated version of the film, but they’re planning to release the full version soon.
Where does truncated come from?
The first records of the word truncated as an adjective come from the late 1400s. Truncated and the verb truncate come 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 truncated isn’t commonly applied to physical things. It’s most often used to describe intangible things that have been shortened in some way, such as a schedule, a piece of writing, or a movie.
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What are some other forms related to truncated?
- truncate (verb)
- subtruncated (adjective)
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How is truncated used in real life?
Truncated has several specific uses, but it can be used in all kinds of contexts.
Not sure. I may have just adlibbed something on the night you saw me in Winnipeg. The Just For Laughs sets are always a really shortened/truncated version of the full bit, so I wouldn't be surprised. (Long time ago – hard to remember).
— Brent Butt (@BrentButt) August 5, 2019
Full story is in the book, but there's a truncated version at the end of this https://t.co/LokzcR5KUk
— Chris Taylor (@FutureBoy) December 28, 2019
If you are a Netflix subscriber the PBS documentary on Woodstock is now available. Some interesting little known facts. I thought it was worth it – but the musical performances are truncated. And no – I was not there.https://t.co/XFtfYmsrEF
— George Dawson (@dawso007) August 19, 2019
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Example sentences from the Web for truncated
The truncated test has again raised questions about the SLS program, which is already years behind schedule and billions of dollars over budget.Before shortened NASA SLS rocket engine test, officials predicted only a 50 percent chance of complete success|Christian Davenport|January 19, 2021|Washington Post
Major League Soccer administered nearly 5,000 tests last week, and Major League Baseball conducted some 170,000 tests during its truncated season.As thousands of athletes get coronavirus tests, nurses wonder: What about us?|Kent Babb|December 3, 2020|Washington Post
Even in a truncated season, Pitts has 29 catches for 513 yards and 11 touchdowns.College football winners and losers: Pac-12 playoff hopes disappear with Oregon’s loss|Patrick Stevens|November 29, 2020|Washington Post
Conversely, the NWSL completed a truncated season in October and doesn’t plan to launch its 2021 season until mid-April.U.S. women’s national soccer team reassembles near the end of ‘a crazy year’|Steven Goff|November 23, 2020|Washington Post
After consulting with the FDA, which agreed that the positive data were valid, despite the truncated study, Biogen applied for approval for treating early-stage Alzheimer’s disease.The Most Promising Alzheimer’s Drug in Years Took a Thrashing From an FDA Advisory Committee|Alice Park|November 10, 2020|Time
With one exception, the B-1B, the projects were canceled or truncated.How the Pentagon Strangles Its Most Advanced Stealth Warplanes|Bill Sweetman|October 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Bill Sweetman|May 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He said you need to translate him as he really was – less lyrical, more truncated, almost slightly harsh.If You Had One Year to Live, How Would You Spend It?|Edward Platt|November 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Miranda Green|August 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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’|Michael Moynihan|March 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Tail truncated, spine on the side of the tail very distinct, imbedded in a sheath.
On this truncated pyramid he distinguished, or thought he distinguished, one or more of the pueblos of the Moquis.Overland|John William De Forest
In a short time it becomes truncated, and then cylindrical, after which the arms begin to shoot from the anterior end.
If the truncated portions of a polype be placed end to end, and gently pushed together, they will unite into a single one.
The shape was either of the sugar-loaf order or a cylinder surmounted by a truncated cone (Fig. 20).Armour & Weapons|Charles John Ffoulkes