transitive verb[with object]
1Shorten the duration or extent of.‘he was a sensational player whose career was truncated by injuries’
shorten, cut, cut short, curtail, dock, prune, trim, lop, abbreviate, telescopeView synonyms
- ‘like many women of her generation who were at school just before the war, she was obliged to truncate her education’
- ‘the novel has been truncated’
- 1.1Shorten by cutting off the top or end.
- ‘the torso has been truncated just below the neck line’
Replace (an edge or an angle) by a plane, typically so as to make equal angles with the adjacent faces.
(of a leaf, feather, or other part) ending abruptly as if cut off across the base or tip.‘The ends are usually acute or obtuse, but sometimes also fish tail-like, truncate or vague.’
- ‘Convex, anteriorly truncate glabella tapers forward and is outlined by broad, shallow axial and preglabellar furrows.’
- ‘The cell is oval with a truncate apical region, from which the flagella and haptonema originate.’
- ‘The dykes and sheets sharply truncate structures in the wall rock gneisses and greenstones, and large (several tens of metres) wall-rock xenoliths may be completely engulfed by the intrusive sheets.’
Late 15th century from Latin truncat- ‘maimed’, from the verb truncare.