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Abstract vs. Concrete — What's the Difference?

Abstract vs. Concrete — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Abstract and Concrete

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Abstract

Considered apart from concrete existence
An abstract concept.

Concrete

Concrete is a composite material composed of fine and coarse aggregate bonded together with a fluid cement (cement paste) that hardens (cures) over time. In the past, lime based cement binders, such as lime putty, were often used but sometimes with other hydraulic cements, such as a calcium aluminate cement or with Portland cement to form Portland cement concrete (named for its visual resemblance to Portland stone).

Abstract

Not applied or practical; theoretical.

Concrete

Existing in a material or physical form; not abstract
Concrete objects like stones

Abstract

Difficult to understand; abstruse
Abstract philosophical problems.
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Concrete

A building material made from a mixture of broken stone or gravel, sand, cement, and water, which can be spread or poured into moulds and forms a mass resembling stone on hardening
Slabs of concrete
Concrete blocks

Abstract

Denoting something that is immaterial, conceptual, or nonspecific, as an idea or quality
Abstract words like truth and justice.

Concrete

Cover (an area) with concrete
The precious English countryside may soon be concreted over

Abstract

Impersonal, as in attitude or views.

Concrete

Form (something) into a mass; solidify
The juices of the plants are concreted upon the surface

Abstract

Having an intellectual and affective artistic content that depends solely on intrinsic form rather than on narrative content or pictorial representation
Abstract painting and sculpture.

Concrete

Of or relating to an actual, specific thing or instance; particular
Had the concrete evidence needed to convict.

Abstract

A statement summarizing the important points of a text.

Concrete

Relating to nouns, such as flower or rain, that denote a material or tangible object or phenomenon.

Abstract

Something abstract.

Concrete

Existing in reality or in real experience; perceptible by the senses; real
Concrete objects such as trees.

Abstract

An abstract of title.

Concrete

Formed by the coalescence of separate particles or parts into one mass; solid.

Abstract

To take away; remove
Abstract the most important data from a set of records.

Concrete

Made of hard, strong, conglomerate construction material.

Abstract

To remove without permission; steal
A painting that was abstracted from the museum.

Concrete

A hard, strong construction material consisting of sand, conglomerate gravel, pebbles, broken stone, or slag in a mortar or cement matrix.

Abstract

To consider (an idea, for example) as separate from particular examples or objects
Abstract a principle of arrangement from a series of items.

Concrete

A mass formed by the coalescence of particles.

Abstract

(ăbstrăkt′) To write a summary of; summarize
Abstract a long article in a paragraph.

Concrete

To build, treat, or cover with hard, strong conglomerate construction material.

Abstract

To create artistic abstractions of (something else, such as a concrete object or another style)
"The Bauhaus Functionalists were ... busy unornamenting and abstracting modern architecture, painting and design" (John Barth).

Concrete

To form into a mass by coalescence or cohesion of particles or parts.

Abstract

An abridgement or summary of a longer publication.

Concrete

To harden; solidify.

Abstract

Something that concentrates in itself the qualities of a larger item, or multiple items.

Concrete

Real, actual, tangible.
Fuzzy videotapes and distorted sound recordings are not concrete evidence that Bigfoot exists.
Once arrested, I realized that handcuffs are concrete, even if my concept of what is legal wasn’t.

Abstract

Concentrated essence of a product.

Concrete

Being or applying to actual things, not abstract qualities or categories.

Abstract

(medicine) A powdered solid extract of a medicinal substance mixed with lactose.

Concrete

Particular, specific, rather than general.
While everyone else offered thoughts and prayers, she made a concrete proposal to help.
Concrete ideas

Abstract

An abstraction; an abstract term; that which is abstract.

Concrete

United by coalescence of separate particles, or liquid, into one mass or solid.

Abstract

The theoretical way of looking at things; something that exists only in idealized form.

Concrete

Made of concrete, a building material.
The office building had concrete flower boxes out front.

Abstract

(arts) An abstract work of art.

Concrete

(obsolete) A solid mass formed by the coalescence of separate particles; a compound substance, a concretion.

Abstract

(real estate) A summary title of the key points detailing a tract of land, for ownership; abstract of title.

Concrete

Specifically, a building material created by mixing cement, water, and aggregate such as gravel and sand.
The road was made of concrete that had been poured in large slabs.

Abstract

(obsolete) Derived; extracted.

Concrete

(logic) A term designating both a quality and the subject in which it exists; a concrete term.

Abstract

Drawn away; removed from; apart from; separate.

Concrete

Sugar boiled down from cane juice to a solid mass.

Abstract

Not concrete: conceptual, ideal.
Her new film is an abstract piece, combining elements of magic realism, flashbacks, and animation but with very little in terms of plot construction.

Concrete

(US) A dessert of frozen custard with various toppings.

Abstract

Insufficiently factual.

Concrete

(chemistry) An extract of herbal materials that has a semi-solid consistency, especially when such materials are partly aromatic.

Abstract

Apart from practice or reality; vague; theoretical; impersonal; not applied.

Concrete

To cover with or encase in concrete (building material).
I hate grass, so I concreted over my lawn.

Abstract

(grammar) As a noun, denoting a concept or intangible as opposed to an object, place, or person.

Concrete

To solidify: to change from being abstract to being concrete (actual, real).

Abstract

Difficult to understand; abstruse; hard to conceptualize.
The politician gave a somewhat abstract answer when asked about their plans to cut spending.

Concrete

To unite or coalesce into a mass or a solid body.

Abstract

Separately expressing a property or attribute of an object that is considered to be inherent to that object: attributive, ascriptive.

Concrete

United in growth; hence, formed by coalition of separate particles into one mass; united in a solid form.
The first concrete state, or consistent surface, of the chaos must be of the same figure as the last liquid state.

Abstract

Pertaining comprehensively to, or representing, a class or group of objects, as opposed to any specific object; considered apart from any application to a particular object: general, generic, nonspecific; representational.

Concrete

Standing for an object as it exists in nature, invested with all its qualities, as distinguished from standing for an attribute of an object; - opposed to abstract.
Concrete is opposed to abstract. The names of individuals are concrete, those of classes abstract.
Concrete terms, while they express the quality, do also express, or imply, or refer to, some subject to which it belongs.

Abstract

(archaic) Absent-minded.

Concrete

A compound or mass formed by concretion, spontaneous union, or coalescence of separate particles of matter in one body.
To divide all concretes, minerals and others, into the same number of distinct substances.

Abstract

(arts) Pertaining to the formal aspect of art, such as the lines, colors, shapes, and the relationships among them.

Concrete

A mixture of gravel, pebbles, or broken stone with cement or with tar, etc., used for sidewalks, roadways, foundations, etc., and esp. for submarine structures.

Abstract

Free from representational qualities, in particular the non-representational styles of the 20th century.

Concrete

A term designating both a quality and the subject in which it exists; a concrete term.
The concretes "father" and "son" have, or might have, the abstracts "paternity" and "filiety".

Abstract

(music) Absolute.

Concrete

Sugar boiled down from cane juice to a solid mass.

Abstract

(dance) Lacking a story.

Concrete

To unite or coalesce, as separate particles, into a mass or solid body.

Abstract

Being a partial basis for subclasses rather than a complete template for objects.

Concrete

To form into a mass, as by the cohesion or coalescence of separate particles.
There are in our inferior world divers bodies that are concreted out of others.

Abstract

(transitive) To separate; to disengage.

Concrete

To cover with, or form of, concrete, as a pavement.

Abstract

(transitive) To remove; to take away; withdraw.

Concrete

A strong hard building material composed of sand and gravel and cement and water

Abstract

To steal; to take away; to remove without permission.

Concrete

Cover with cement;
Concrete the walls

Abstract

(transitive) To summarize; to abridge; to epitomize.

Concrete

Form into a solid mass; coalesce

Abstract

To conceptualize an ideal subgroup by means of the generalization of an attribute, as follows: by apprehending an attribute inherent to one individual, then separating that attribute and contemplating it by itself, then conceiving of that attribute as a general quality, then despecifying that conceived quality with respect to several or many individuals, and by then ideating a group composed of those individuals perceived to possess said quality.

Concrete

Capable of being perceived by the senses; not abstract or imaginary;
Concrete objects such as trees

Abstract

To extract by means of distillation.

Concrete

Formed by the coalescence of particles

Abstract

(transitive) To consider abstractly; to contemplate separately or by itself; to consider theoretically; to look at as a general quality.

Abstract

To withdraw oneself; to retire.

Abstract

(transitive) To draw off (interest or attention).
He was wholly abstracted by other objects.

Abstract

To perform the process of abstraction.

Abstract

To create abstractions.

Abstract

To produce an abstraction, usually by refactoring existing code. Generally used with "out".
He abstracted out the square root function.

Abstract

Withdraw; separate.
The more abstract . . . we are from the body.

Abstract

Considered apart from any application to a particular object; separated from matter; existing in the mind only; as, abstract truth, abstract numbers. Hence: ideal; abstruse; difficult.

Abstract

Expressing a particular property of an object viewed apart from the other properties which constitute it; - opposed to concrete; as, honesty is an abstract word.
A concrete name is a name which stands for a thing; an abstract name which stands for an attribute of a thing. A practice has grown up in more modern times, which, if not introduced by Locke, has gained currency from his example, of applying the expression "abstract name" to all names which are the result of abstraction and generalization, and consequently to all general names, instead of confining it to the names of attributes.

Abstract

Abstracted; absent in mind.

Abstract

To withdraw; to separate; to take away.
He was incapable of forming any opinion or resolution abstracted from his own prejudices.

Abstract

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.

Abstract

To separate, as ideas, by the operation of the mind; to consider by itself; to contemplate separately, as a quality or attribute.

Abstract

To epitomize; to abridge.

Abstract

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.

Abstract

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.

Abstract

To perform the process of abstraction.
I own myself able to abstract in one sense.

Abstract

That which comprises or concentrates in itself the essential qualities of a larger thing or of several things. Specifically: A summary or an epitome, as of a treatise or book, or of a statement; a brief.
An abstract of every treatise he had read.
Man, the abstractOf all perfection, which the workmanshipOf Heaven hath modeled.

Abstract

A state of separation from other things; as, to consider a subject in the abstract, or apart from other associated things.

Abstract

An abstract term.
The concretes "father" and "son" have, or might have, the abstracts "paternity" and "filiety."

Abstract

A powdered solid extract of a vegetable substance mixed with sugar of milk in such proportion that one part of the abstract represents two parts of the original substance.

Abstract

A concept or idea not associated with any specific instance;
He loved her only in the abstract--not in person

Abstract

A sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory

Abstract

Consider a concept without thinking of a specific example; consider abstractly or theoretically

Abstract

Make off with belongings of others

Abstract

Consider apart from a particular case or instance;
Let's abstract away from this particular example

Abstract

Give an abstract (of)

Abstract

Existing only in the mind; separated from embodiment;
Abstract words like `truth' and `justice'

Abstract

Not representing or imitating external reality or the objects of nature;
A large abstract painting

Abstract

Based on specialized theory;
A theoretical analysis

Abstract

Dealing with a subject in the abstract without practical purpose or intention;
Abstract reasoning
Abstract science

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