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To take or withdraw from; as, to abstract the funds of a bank. To remove or separate. To summarize or abridge.

An abstract comprises—or concentrates in itself—the essential qualities of a larger thing—or of several things—in a short, abbreviated form. It differs from a transcript, which is a verbatim copy of the thing itself and is more comprehensive.


Abstract of Title.

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n. in general, a summary of a record or document, such as an abstract of judgment or abstract of title to real property.

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Article citation (abstracting and indexing or A&I) databases and other secondary information resources (such as reviews) are now commonplace services offered to library patrons alongside access to catalogs; they are available from a wide range of sources scattered across the network, from local mounts and from CD-ROM based systems.
Wilson Art Abstracts provides a comprehensive and up-to-date record, with indexing as far back as September 1984 and abstracting as far back as January 1994.
Wilson Applied Science & Technology Abstracts provides information in the fields of engineering, technology, and science with comprehensive abstracting and indexing of approximately 400 core scientific and technical publications.
Business Periodicals Index (BPI) and Wilson Business Abstract (WBA) now include indexing and abstracting of articles from the Wall Street Journal (*** Eastern Edition) as well as the Business Section of The New York Times (Late New York Edition).