Definition for A-BRIDGE'

A-BRIDGE', v.t. [abridj'; Fr. abréger, from Gr. βραχυς, short, or its root, from the root of break or a verb of that family.]

  1. To make shorter; to epitomize; to contract by using fewer words, yet retaining the sense in substance-used of writings; as, Justin abridged the history of Trojius Pompeius.
  2. To lessen; to diminish; as, to abridge labor; to abridge power or rights. – Smith.
  3. To deprive; to cut off from; followed by of; as, to abridge one of his rights, or enjoyments. To abridge from, is now obsolete or improper.
  4. In algebra, to reduce a compound quantity or equation to its more simple expression. The equation thus abridged is called a formula.

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