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 for Abbreviating
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Abbreviate \Ab*bre"vi*ate\ ([a^]b*br[=e]"v[i^]*[=a]t), v. t.
     [imp. & p. p. Abbreviated; p. pr. & vb. n. Abbreviating.]
     [L. abbreviatus, p. p. of abbreviare; ad + breviare to
     shorten, fr. brevis short. See Abridge.]
     1. To make briefer; to shorten; to abridge; to reduce by
        contraction or omission, especially of words written or
        spoken.
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              It is one thing to abbreviate by contracting,
              another by cutting off.               --Bacon.
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     2. (Math.) To reduce to lower terms, as a fraction.
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