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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

truncate

\TRUHNG-keyt\ , verb;
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:
1.
Truncated.
2.
Biology. A. Square or broad at the end, as if cut off transversely. B. Lacking the apex, as certain spiral shells.
Quotes:
He pointed out that it was relatively easy to pronounce, though there was the danger that Americans, obsessed with abbreviation, would truncate it to Nick.
-- Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake
Tonight we had to truncate the chorus work and replace it with rehearsal of the larger scenes.
-- Chuck Zito, A Habit for Death
Origin:
Truncate comes from the Latin word truncātus which meant "to lop." The mathematical and computer usage arose in the 1950s.
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