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    Default abstract?

    I did look it up on the dictionary, but i can't seem to understand what it means.
    Anyone knows what abstract is? Any examples?

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    Consider "abstract" the opposite of "concrete". Potatoes, houses, cabbages and all you can see, touch, taste, smell, hear or feel is concrete. Ideas, Gods, feelings, thoughts, you cannot see, taste, touch, smell, hear or feel. They are abstract.

    Does it help?

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    @Mannysteps
    Thanks that was clearly explained. What about "abstract painting, abstract machine?". It can be seen and touch as opposed to what you've said. Also could you tell the meaning of this phrase "beauty in the abstract"?
    Last edited by mabzki; 28-May-2011 at 17:59. Reason: added more questions

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    Quote Originally Posted by mabzki View Post
    @Mannysteps
    Thanks that was clearly explained. What about "abstract painting, abstract machine?". It can be seen and touch as opposed to what you've said. Also could you tell the meaning of this phrase "beauty in the abstract"?
    In "abstract painting" or "abstract art" the word "abstract" refers to what has actually been painted, not the physical painting itself.

    An abstract painting would be a painting of something that you can't identify as an actual thing (a house, a car, a tree). It would probably just look like a mess of colours. The artist probably had a very clear idea of what he/she meant but it's not clear to the viewer. For example, this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mannysteps View Post
    Not a teacher

    Consider "abstract" the opposite of "concrete". Potatoes, houses, cabbages and all you can see, touch, taste, smell, hear or feel is concrete. Ideas, Gods, feelings, thoughts, you cannot see, taste, touch, smell, hear or feel. They are abstract.

    Does it help?
    Nice explanation!

    I would only be careful with the word 'feel'. You 'feel' feelings. Unless you mean the 'physical feeling' when you touch or hold something.

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    Why doesn't any one talk about the meaning of "abstract" as a verb?

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    Because it's not a verb!

    Apologies - brain not working. Now well aware that abstract is a verb. Sorry, everyone!
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 28-May-2011 at 21:58. Reason: Mistake!

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    Why don't you clear all? My teachers sometimes take such a mistake, maybe because of tiredness! :)
    Last edited by crazYgeeK; 28-May-2011 at 22:49.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazYgeeK View Post
    Could you please type "abstract" in the Dictionary.com's search box and enter and explain to me why that famous dictionary is wrong in the definition for "abstract" as a verb?
    Thank you so much!
    Please see my edited post above. Many apologies to everyone! I hang my head in shame!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazYgeeK View Post
    Why doesn't any one talk about the meaning of "abstract" as a verb?
    We were just waiting for you.

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