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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

ABSTRACT'ED, pp. Separated; refined; exalted; abstruse; absent in mind.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: lost in thought; showing preoccupation; "an absent stare"; "an absentminded professor"; "the scatty glancing quality of a hyperactive but unfocused intelligence" [syn: absent, absentminded, abstracted, scatty]

Merriam Webster's

adjective Date: 1643 1. withdrawn in mind ; inattentive to one's surroundings <said hello but seemed abstracted> 2. abstract 4 <abstracted geometric shapes> abstractedly adverb abstractedness noun Synonyms: abstracted, preoccupied, absent, absentminded, distracted mean inattentive to what claims or demands consideration. abstracted implies absorption of the mind in something other than one's surroundings, and often suggests reflection on weighty matters <walking about with an abstracted air>. preoccupied often implies having one's attention so taken up by thoughts as to neglect others <too preoccupied with her debts to enjoy the meal>. absent stresses inability to fix the mind on present concerns due more to mental wandering than to concentration on other matters <an absent stare>. absentminded implies that the mind is fixed elsewhere and often refers to a habit of abstractedness <so absentminded, he's been known to wear mismatched shoes>. distracted may suggest an inability to concentrate caused by worry, sorrow, or anxiety <was too distracted by grief to continue working>.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. inattentive to the matter in hand; preoccupied. Derivatives: abstractedly adv.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Abstract Ab*stract", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Abstracted; p. pr. & vb. n. Abstracting.] [See Abstract, a.] 1. To withdraw; to separate; to take away. He was incapable of forming any opinion or resolution abstracted from his own prejudices. --Sir W. Scott. 2. To draw off in respect to interest or attention; as, his was wholly abstracted by other objects. The young stranger had been abstracted and silent. --Blackw. Mag. 3. To separate, as ideas, by the operation of the mind; to consider by itself; to contemplate separately, as a quality or attribute. --Whately. 4. To epitomize; to abridge. --Franklin. 5. To take secretly or dishonestly; to purloin; as, to abstract goods from a parcel, or money from a till. Von Rosen had quietly abstracted the bearing-reins from the harness. --W. Black. 6. (Chem.) To separate, as the more volatile or soluble parts of a substance, by distillation or other chemical processes. In this sense extract is now more generally used.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Abstracted Ab*stract"ed, a. 1. Separated or disconnected; withdrawn; removed; apart. The evil abstracted stood from his own evil. --Milton. 2. Separated from matter; abstract; ideal. [Obs.] 3. Abstract; abstruse; difficult. [Obs.] --Johnson. 4. Inattentive to surrounding objects; absent in mind. ``An abstracted scholar.'' --Johnson.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

Someone who is abstracted is thinking so deeply that they are not fully aware of what is happening around them. (WRITTEN) The same abstracted look was still on his face. = preoccupied ADJ abstractedly She nodded abstractedly. ADV: ADV with v

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. 1. Subtile, refined, abstract, abstruse. 2. Inattentive, preoccupied, lost, dreaming, musing, absent, absent-minded, in a revery, in a brown study.

Moby Thesaurus

abbreviated, abridged, absent, absentminded, absorbed, bemused, bobbed, buried in thought, capsule, capsulized, castle-building, clipped, compressed, condensed, cropped, curtailed, cut short, daydreaming, daydreamy, digested, distrait, docked, dreaming, dreamy, drowsing, ecstatic, elided, elliptic, elsewhere, engaged in thought, engrossed, engrossed in thought, faraway, half-awake, heedless, immersed in thought, in a reverie, in the clouds, inattentive, intent, introspective, lost, lost in thought, meditative, mooning, moonraking, mowed, mown, museful, musing, napping, nipped, nodding, oblivious, occupied, pensive, pipe-dreaming, pollard, polled, preoccupied, pruned, rapt, reaped, shaved, sheared, short-cut, shortened, snub, snubbed, somewhere else, stargazing, taken up, transported, trimmed, unconscious, unmindful, woolgathering, wrapped in thought


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