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Abbreviation vs. Former — What's the Difference?

Abbreviation vs. Former — What's the Difference?

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Abbreviation

An abbreviation (from Latin brevis, meaning short) is a shortened form of a word or phrase, by any method. It may consist of a group of letters or words taken from the full version of the word or phrase; for example, the word abbreviation can itself be represented by the abbreviation abbr., abbrv., or abbrev.; NPO, for nil (or nothing) per (by) os (mouth) is an abbreviated medical instruction.
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Former

A former is an object, such as a template, gauge or cutting die, which is used to form something such as a boat's hull. Typically, a former gives shape to a structure that may have complex curvature.
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Abbreviation

The act or product of shortening.
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Former

One that forms; a maker or creator
A former of ideas.
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Abbreviation

A shortened form of a word or phrase used chiefly in writing to represent the complete form, such as Mass. for Massachusetts or USMC for United States Marine Corps.
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Former

A member of a school form
A fifth former.
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Abbreviation

The result of shortening or reducing; abridgment.
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Former

The first of two persons or things mentioned
"The army was pulling itself together, the government was coming apart. The success of the former was continually imperiled by the failure of the latter" (Garry Wills).
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Abbreviation

(linguistics) A shortened or contracted form of a word or phrase, used to represent the whole, utilizing omission of letters, and sometimes substitution of letters, or duplication of initial letters to signify plurality, including signs such as +, =, @.
Hants is an abbreviation of Hampshire.
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Former

Relating to or taking place in the past
In former times.
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Abbreviation

The process of abbreviating.
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Former

Having been so in the past
A former ambassador.
His former boss.
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Abbreviation

(music) A notation used in music score to denote a direction, as pp or mf.
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Former

Being the first of two mentioned.
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Abbreviation

(music) One or more dashes through the stem of a note, dividing it respectively into quavers, semiquavers, demisemiquavers, or hemidemisemiquavers.
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Former

Previous.
A former president;
The former East Germany
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Abbreviation

Any convenient short form used as a substitution for an understood or inferred whole.
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Former

First of aforementioned two items. Used with the, often without a noun.
The former is a good idea but the latter is not.
We have two cars, a red one and a blue one. We won the former on a game show.
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Abbreviation

(biology) Loss during evolution of the final stages of the ancestral ontogenetic pattern.
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Former

Someone who forms something; a maker; a creator or founder.
Dave was the former of the company.
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Abbreviation

(mathematics) Reduction to lower terms, as a fraction.
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Former

An object used to form something, such as a template, gauge, or cutting die.
The brick arch was built using a wooden former.
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Abbreviation

The act of shortening, or reducing.
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Former

Someone in, or of, a certain form (class).
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Abbreviation

The result of abbreviating; an abridgment.
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Former

One who forms; a maker; a creator.
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Abbreviation

The form to which a word or phrase is reduced by contraction and omission; a letter or letters, standing for a word or phrase of which they are a part; as, Gen. for Genesis; U.S.A. for United States of America.
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Former

A shape around which an article is to be shaped, molded, woven wrapped, pasted, or otherwise constructed.
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Abbreviation

One dash, or more, through the stem of a note, dividing it respectively into quavers, semiquavers, or demi-semiquavers.
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Former

Preceding in order of time; antecedent; previous; prior; earlier; hence, ancient; long past.
For inquire, I pray thee, of the former age.
The latter and former rain.
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Abbreviation

A shortened form of a word or phrase
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Former

Near the beginning; preceeding; as, the former part of a discourse or argument.
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Abbreviation

Shortening something by omitting parts of it
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Former

Earlier, as between two things mentioned together; first mentioned.
A bad author deserves better usage than a bad critic; a man may be the former merely through the misfortune of an ill judgment; but he can not be latter without both that and an ill temper.
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Former

The first of two or the first mentioned of two;
Tom and Dick were both heroes but only the former is remembered today
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Former

Referring to the first of two things or persons mentioned (or the earlier one or ones of several);
The novel was made into a film in 1943 and again in 1967; I prefer the former version to the latter one
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Former

Belonging to some prior time;
Erstwhile friend
Our former glory
The once capital of the state
Her quondam lover
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Former

(used especially of persons) of the immediate past;
The former president
Our late President is still very active
The previous occupant of the White House
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Former

Of the distant past;
The early inhabitants of Europe
Former generations
In other times
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