Pronunciation: (u-brē"vē-ā'shun), [key]
1. a shortened or contracted form of a word or phrase, used to represent the whole, as Dr. for Doctor, U.S.for United States, lb. for pound.
2. an act of abbreviating; state or result of being abbreviated; reduction in length, duration, etc.; abridgment.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.