Definition: The act of shortening, or reducing.
Definition: The result of abbreviating; an abridgment.
Definition: The form to which a word or phrase is reduced by
contraction and omission; a letter or letters, standing for a word or
phrase of which they are a part; as, Gen. for Genesis; U.S.A. for
United States of America.
Definition: One dash, or more, through the stem of a note,
dividing it respectively into quavers, semiquavers, or