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truncated

[truhng-key-tid] /ˈtrʌŋ keɪ tɪd/
adjective
1.
shortened by or as if by having a part cut off; cut short:
an unnecessarily truncated essay.
2.
(of a geometric figure or solid) having the apex, vertex, or end cut off by a plane:
a truncated cone or pyramid.
3.
Crystallography. (of a crystal) having corners, angles, or edges cut off or replaced by a single plane.
4.
Biology, truncate (def 4).
5.
Prosody. (of a line of verse) lacking at the beginning or end one or more unstressed syllables needed to fill out the metrical pattern.
Origin
1480-1490
1480-90; truncate + -ed2
Related forms
subtruncated, adjective

truncate

[truhng-keyt] /ˈtrʌŋ keɪt/
verb (used with object), truncated, truncating.
1.
to shorten by cutting off a part; cut short:
Truncate detailed explanations.
2.
Mathematics, Computers. to shorten (a number) by dropping a digit or digits:
The numbers 1.4142 and 1.4987 can both be truncated to 1.4.
adjective
3.
4.
Biology.
  1. square or broad at the end, as if cut off transversely.
  2. lacking the apex, as certain spiral shells.
Origin
1480-90; < Latin truncātus (past participle of truncāre to lop), equivalent to trunc(us) trunk + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
truncately, adverb
subtruncate, adjective
Synonyms
1. abridge, trim, curtail, abbreviate.
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Examples for truncated
  • Conversations surrounding the use of animals in research are understandably truncated by emotion.
  • The broad, truncated cylinder containing the main public spaces extends partly below sea level.
  • The often truncated fragments that survive can be tantalizing.
  • Enough time to complete one fourth of this truncated baseball season.
  • But they each emerged weakened, at the head of shrunken parties, and served only truncated terms at the helm of government.
  • The truncated cube shape of the box means some clever thinking has gone into packing everything in.
  • Unfortunately, he truncated the president's statement.
  • The design has continuity from the sleek nose to the truncated tail and avoids unnecessary embellishment.
  • Gestures and emotions are fore-shortened, truncated.
  • The final moments are so perfunctory that the film feels truncated.
British Dictionary definitions for truncated

truncated

/trʌŋˈkeɪtɪd/
adjective
1.
(maths) (of a cone, pyramid, prism, etc) having an apex or end removed by a plane intersection that is usually nonparallel to the base
2.
(of a crystal) having edges or corners cut off
3.
shortened by or as if by cutting off; truncate

truncate

verb (trʌŋˈkeɪt; ˈtrʌŋkeɪt)
1.
(transitive) to shorten by cutting off a part, end, or top
adjective (ˈtrʌŋkeɪt)
2.
cut short; truncated
3.
(biology) having a blunt end, as though cut off at the tip a truncate leaf
Derived Forms
truncately, adverb
truncation, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin truncāre to lop
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Word Origin and History for truncated
truncate
late 15c., from L. truncatus "cut off," pp. of truncare "to maim, cut off," from truncus "mutilated, cut off" (see trunk).
truncated
late 15c., pp. adj. of truncate. Originally in heraldry; modern senses are post-1700.
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truncated in Medicine

truncate trun·cate (trŭng'kāt')
v. trun·cat·ed, trun·cat·ing, trun·cates
To shorten by or as if by cutting off, especially by cutting across at right angles to the long axis.

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