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  1. A member of an idealized subgroup when contemplated according to the abstracted quality which defines the subgroup.
  2. Removal of water from a river, lake, or aquifer.
  3. A separation of volatile parts by the act of distillation.
  4. The act of comparing commonality between distinct objects and organizing using those similarities; the act of generalizing characteristics; the product of said generalization.
  5. An abstract creation, or piece of art; qualities of artwork that are free from representational aspects. <ref name = chambers>Elliott K. Dobbie, C. William Dunmore, Robert K. Barnhart, et al. (editors), Chambers Dictionary of Etymology (Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd, 2004 [1998], →ISBN), page 5</ref>.
  6. The taking surreptitiously for one's own use part of the property of another; purloining.
  7. A separation from worldly objects; a recluse life; the withdrawal from one's senses.
  8. Absence or absorption of mind; inattention to present objects; preoccupation.
  9. Any intellectual construct produced through the technique of abstraction.
  10. The act of focusing on one characteristic of an object rather than the object as a whole group of characteristics; the act of separating said qualities from the object or ideas. Abstraction is necessary for the classification of things into genera and species.
  11. The act of abstracting, separating, withdrawing, or taking away; withdrawal; the state of being taken away.
  12. Any characteristic of an individual object when that characteristic has been separated from the object and is contemplated alone as a quality having independent existence.
  13. The merging of two river valleys by the larger of the two deepening and widening so much so, as to assimilate the smaller.
  14. Any generalization technique that ignores or hides details to capture some kind of commonality between different instances for the purpose of controlling the intellectual complexity of engineered systems, particularly software systems.
  15. An idea or notion of an abstract or theoretical nature.
  16. The result of mentally abstracting an idea; the product of any mental process involving a synthesis of: separation, despecification, generalization, and ideation in any of a number of combinations.
  17. An idea of an idealistic, unrealistic or visionary nature.