1. To create briefer; to shorten; to abridge; to reduce
or omission, especially of words written or spoken. "It is one thing to abbreviate
by contracting, other by cutting
2. To reduce to lower terms, as a fraction.
3. Having one part relatively shorter than other or than the usual type.
Origin: L. Abbreviatus, p.p. Of abbreviare; ad + breviare to shorten, fr. Brevis short.