Word: ABBREVIATION

The word ABBREVIATION has appeared in at least 4 clues on different crosswords.

ABBREVIATION definition(s):

• A notation used in music score to denote a direction, as pp or mf.

• act or result of shortening or reducing

• The act or result of shortening or reducing.

• The form to which a word or phrase is reduced by contraction and omission.

• The result of shortening or reducing; abridgment. <ref name=SOED>Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 <1933>, ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 3</ref>

• cutting out some strokes in a character

• shortening something by omitting parts of it

• mathematics: reduction to lower terms

• a shortened form of a word or phrase

• A shortened or contracted form of a word or phrase, used to represent the whole: Dr.

• abridged version of a document

• music: one or more dashes through the stem of a note

• (mathematics) Reduction to lower terms, as a fraction.

• A shortened or contracted form of a word or phrase, used to represent the whole, utilizing omission of letters, and sometimes substitution of letters, or duplication of initial letters to signify plurality, including signs such as, +, =, @. th century.><ref name=SOED/>

• Any convenient short form used as a substitution for an understood or inferred whole.

• Loss during evolution of the final stages of the ancestral ontogenetic pattern.

• The process of abbreviating. th century.><ref name=SOED/>

• shortened or contracted form of a word or phrase

• One or more dashes through the stem of a note, dividing it respectively into quavers, semiquavers, demisemiquavers, or hemidemisemiquavers.

• Reduction to lower terms, as a fraction.

• (music) One or more dashes through the stem of a note, dividing it respectively into quavers, semiquavers, demi-semiquavers, or hemi-demi-semiquavers.

Clue(s)
In not so many words, it's one of the cutbacks in the literary world
Short form
Short form
A small word with one of those in USA