The adjective abstract means existing as an idea, quality or feeling which doesn’t have physical existence and is often theoretical. It can also be a noun or a verb. As a verb it means to summarize, take way, separate, extract, remove something, or steal. As a noun, it means a summary or a work of art.
Synonyms are conceptual, brief, detract, or divert.
The word was first used as an adjective, coming from Latin (late 14th century) abstractus meaning “drawn away”, past participle of abstrahere meaning “to drag away, detach, pull away, divert”. The verb abstract came from Latin (1540s) abstractus or else from abstract (adj.). Also in the 1610s in the philosophical sense “consider as a general object or idea without regard to matter” and the noun abstract was first used in the mid 15th century.
There was a tool used to abstract that thing.
My homework for today includes abstracting the book “The Little Prince” by Antoine De Saint Exupery.
The story was full of brilliant abstract ideas. I definitely learned a lot.