truncate late 15c., from L. truncatus "cut off," pp. of truncare "to maim, cut off," from truncus "mutilated, cut off" (see TRUNK (Cf. trunk)).

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  • Truncate — Trun cate, a. [L. truncatus, p. p. ] Appearing as if cut off at the tip; as, a truncate leaf or feather. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Truncate — Trun cate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Truncated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Truncating}.] [L. truncatus, p. p. of truncare to cut off, mutilate, fr. truncus maimed, mutilated, cut short. See {Trunk}.] To cut off; to lop; to maim. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • truncate — index commute, condense, deduct (reduce), excise (cut away), mutilate, remove (eliminate) Burto …   Law dictionary

  • truncate — [v] shorten abbreviate, abridge, clip, crop, curtail, cut, cut off, cut short, lop, pare, prune, shear, top, trim; concepts 137,236,247 Ant. elongate, expand, lengthen, stretch …   New thesaurus

  • truncate — ► VERB ▪ shorten by cutting off the top or the end. DERIVATIVES truncation noun. ORIGIN Latin truncare maim …   English terms dictionary

  • truncate — [truŋ′kāt΄, trun′kāt΄] vt. truncated, truncating [< L truncatus, pp. of truncare, to cut off < truncus, a stem, TRUNK] to cut off a part of; shorten by cutting; lop adj. 1. TRUNCATED 2. Biol. having a square, flattened, or broad end 3. Zo …   English World dictionary

  • truncate — UK [trʌŋˈkeɪt] / US [ˈtrʌŋˌkeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms truncate : present tense I/you/we/they truncate he/she/it truncates present participle truncating past tense truncated past participle truncated formal to make something shorter,… …   English dictionary

  • truncate — I. adjective Etymology: Latin truncatus, past participle of truncare to shorten, from truncus trunk Date: 1716 having the end square or even < truncate leaves > II. transitive verb (truncated; truncating) Date: circa 1727 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • truncate — truncately, adv. /trung kayt/, v., truncated, truncating, adj. v.t. 1. to shorten by cutting off a part; cut short: Truncate detailed explanations. 2. Math., Computers. to shorten (a number) by dropping a digit or digits: The numbers 1.4142 and 1 …   Universalium

  • truncate — cut off squarely; said of a caudal fin with hind margin straight …   Dictionary of ichthyology

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