An idea or notion of an abstract, or theoretical nature; as, to fight for mere abstractions.
a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance; "he loved her only in the abstract--not in person"
the process of formulating general concepts by abstracting common properties of instances
a general concept formed by extracting common features from specific examples
a concept of hiding too much of the unnecessary details from a user and present a view that is easy to understand and operate
a formalism that attempts to capture the essence of a complex phenomenon relative to a set of behaviors of interest to a modeler
an idea, conceptualization, or word for the collection of qualities that identify the referent of a word used to describe concrete objects or phenomena
an idea, like a specification
a nonconcrete idea or concept, something that you cannot hold in your hand, take a picture of, or put in a box
a simplification of a more complex reality
a synthesized version of reality
a very carefully formed and concrete idea, the point of which is to encode what many things have in common, independently of whatever other ways they may differ
a word that expresses a concept or an idea and that has very little meaning outside of a specific context
A concept or value that can not be seen (love, honor, courage, death, etc.) which the writer usually tries to illustrate by comparing it metaphorically to a known, concrete object. Sometimes this knowledge is hidden or esoteric because it is only known by or meant for a select few. example- "I nod to death in passing, aware of the sound of my own feet upon my path." Peter Mathiesson
The mental process of forming abstract ideas.
A description of a collection of things that applies equally well to any one of them. Also, a concept that denotes the common properties of a family.
Simplification or alteration of forms, to present the essence of the object people or places.
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(voir Abstraction) (A) A concept or generalisation specifying only the features that are significant for a precise goal. (B) The fact of considering an essential element independently from the others accessory of a whole, an operation consisting of mentally representing an object in separated pieces from its concrete reality; a mental process of reasoning resulting from facts, operations and preceding processes.
Simplification or blurring of a concept; or, defying strict definition; or, connecting distinct concepts in new ways.
a selective mental focus that takes out or separates a certain aspect of reality from all others
the process or result of forming some abstract idea from a number of more particular or concrete examples (in set theory) The process of forming a set, typically by bind ing a free variable in a formula which expresses the truth condition, for membership in the set, of the value denoted by the variable. Comprehension and separation are particular kinds of set abstraction. Abstraction to properties (predicates or propositional functions) is analogous. (functional) Forming a function, typically by binding a free variable in an expression which denotes the value of the function for the argument whose value is denoted by the variable.
The term derives from the Latin abstrahere, “to draw out”; in the present context, it refers to the mental operation of “drawing out” a general concept from superficially dissimilar situations, as described in a narrative or some other genre of text. Thus, in reading Homer's Odyssey, students must abstract the set of laws of hospitality from the description of actions attributed to specific characters in specific scenes and transactions.
An idea or concept conveyed through movement and removed from its original context.
Abstraction is the process of generalization by reducing the information content of a concept or an observable phenomenon, typically in order to retain only information which is relevant for a particular purpose. For example, abstracting a leather soccer ball to a ball retains only the information on general ball attributes and behaviour. Similarly, abstracting happiness to an emotional state reduces the amount of information conveyed about the emotional state.
In computer science, abstraction is a mechanism and practice to reduce and factor out details so that one can focus on a few concepts at a time.
Abstraction in mathematics is the process of extracting the underlying essence of a mathematical concept, removing any dependence on real world objects with which it might originally have been connected, and generalising it so that it has wider applications.
Sociological Abstraction refers to the varying levels at which theoretical concepts can be understood. This idea is very similar to the philosophical understanding of abstraction. There are two basic levels of sociological abstraction: sociological concepts and operationalized sociological concepts.