To draw away; take away; withdraw or remove, whether to hold or to get rid of the object withdrawn: as, to abstract one's attention; to abstract a watch from a person's pocket, or money from a bank.To consider as a form apart from matter; attend to as a general object, to the neglect of special circumstances; derive as a general idea from the contemplation of particular instances; separate and hold in thought, as a part of a complex idea, while letting the rest go.To derive or obtain the idea of.To select or separate the substance of, as a book or writing; epitomize or reduce to a summary.To extract: as, to abstract spirit.To form abstractions; separate ideas; distinguish between the attribute and the subject in which it exists: as, “brutes abstract not,” Locke.[This is all founded on a false notion of the origin of the term. See above.]Conceived apart from matter and from special cases: as, an abstract number, a number as conceived in arithmetic, not a number of things of any kind.In grammar (since the thirteenth century), applied specially to that class of nouns which are formed from adjectives and denote character, as goodness, audacity, and more generally to all nouns that do not name concrete things.Having the mind drawn away from present objects, as in ecstasy and trance; abstracted: as, “abstract as in a trance,”Produced by the mental process of abstraction: as, an abstract idea.Demanding a high degree of mental abstraction; difficult; profound; abstruse: as, highly abstract conceptions; very abstract speculations.Applied to a science which deals with its object in the abstract: as, abstract logic; abstract mathematics: opposed to applied logic and mathematics.Separated from material elements; ethereal; ideal.n. That which concentrates in itself the essential qualities of anything more extensive or more general, or of several things; the essence; specifically, a summary or epitome containing the substance, a general view, or the principal heads of a writing, discourse, series of events, or the like.n. That portion of a bill of quantities, an estimate, or an account which contains the summary of the various detailed articles.n. In pharmacy, a dry powder prepared from a drug by digesting it with suitable solvents, and evaporating the solution so obtained to complete dryness at a low temperature (122° F.).n. A catalogue; an inventory.n. In grammar, an abstract term or noun.n. conceived apart from matter or special circumstances; without reference to particular applications; in its general principles or meanings.n. Synonyms Abridgment, Compendium, Epitome, Abstract, etc. See abridgment.