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Word of the Day: Truncate

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verb [ with obj. ] (often as adj. truncated)

Shorten (something) by cutting off the top or the end: a truncated cone shape | discussion was truncated by the arrival of tea.

  • [Crystallography] Replace (an edge or an angle) by a plane, typically so as to make equal angles with the adjacent faces.

adjective |ˈtrʌŋkeɪt|Botany & Zoology

(of a leaf, feather, or other part) Ending abruptly as if cut off across the base or tip.


ORIGIN: late 15th cent. (as a verb): from Latin truncat- 'maimed,' from the verb truncare .

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