The difference between Abstract and Concrete

When used as nouns, abstract means an abridgement or summary of a longer publication, whereas concrete means a solid mass formed by the coalescence of separate particles.

When used as verbs, abstract means to separate, whereas concrete means to cover with or encase in concrete (building material).

When used as adjectives, abstract means derived, whereas concrete means real, actual, tangible.

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  1. Abstract as a noun:

    An abridgement or summary of a longer publication.

  2. Abstract as a noun (medicine):

    Something that concentrates in itself the qualities of a larger item, or multiple items. Concentrated essence of a product. A powdered solid extract of a medicinal substance mixed with lactose.

  3. Abstract as a noun:

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

  4. Abstract as a noun:

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

  5. Abstract as a noun (arts):

    An abstract work of art.

  6. Abstract as a noun (real estate):

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

  1. Abstract as an adjective (obsolete):

    Derived; extracted.

  2. Abstract as an adjective (now, rare):

    Drawn away; removed from; apart from; separate.

  3. Abstract as an adjective:

    Expressing a property or attribute separately of an object that is considered to be inherent to that object.

  4. Abstract as an adjective:

    Considered apart from any application to a particular object; not concrete; ideal; non-specific; general, as opposed to specific.

  5. Abstract as an adjective:

    Difficult to understand; abstruse; hard to conceptualize.

  6. Abstract as an adjective (archaic):


  7. Abstract as an adjective (arts):

    Pertaining to the formal aspect of art, such as the lines, colors, shapes, and the relationships among them. Free from representational qualities, in particular the non-representational styles of the 20th century. Absolute. Lacking a story.

  8. Abstract as an adjective:

    Insufficiently factual.

  9. Abstract as an adjective:

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

  10. Abstract as an adjective (grammar):

    As a noun, denoting an intangible as opposed to an object, place, or person.

  11. Abstract as an adjective (computing):

    Of a class in object-oriented programming, being a partial basis for subclasses rather than a complete template for objects.

  1. Abstract as a verb (transitive):

    To separate; to disengage.

  2. Abstract as a verb (transitive):

    To remove; to take away; withdraw.

  3. Abstract as a verb (transitive, euphemistic):

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

  4. Abstract as a verb (transitive):

    To summarize; to abridge; to epitomize.


    "rfquotek Franklin"

  5. Abstract as a verb (transitive, obsolete):

    To extract by means of distillation.

  6. Abstract as a verb (transitive):

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

  7. Abstract as a verb (intransitive, reflexive, literally, figuratively):

    To withdraw oneself; to retire.

  8. Abstract as a verb (transitive):

    To draw off (interest or attention).


    "He was wholly abstracted by other objects."

  9. Abstract as a verb (intransitive, rare):

    To perform the process of abstraction.

  10. Abstract as a verb (intransitive, fine arts):

    To create abstractions.

  11. Abstract as a verb (intransitive, computing):

    To produce an abstraction, usually by refactoring existing code. Generally used with "out".


    "He abstracted out the square root function."

  1. Concrete as an adjective:

    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."

  2. Concrete as an adjective:

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

  3. Concrete as an adjective:

    Particular, specific, rather than general.


    "While everyone else offered thoughts and prayers, she made a concrete proposal to help.'' ''concrete ideas"

  4. Concrete as an adjective:

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

  5. Concrete as an adjective (modifying a noun, not comparable):

    Made of concrete, a building material.


    "The office building had concrete flower boxes out front."

  1. Concrete as a noun (obsolete):

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

  2. Concrete as a noun:

    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."

  3. Concrete as a noun (logic):

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

  4. Concrete as a noun:

    Sugar boiled down from cane juice to a solid mass.

  5. Concrete as a noun (US):

    A dessert of frozen custard with various toppings.

  1. Concrete as a verb (usually, transitive):

    To cover with or encase in concrete (building material).


    "I hate grass, so I concreted over my lawn."

  2. Concrete as a verb (usually, transitive):

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

  3. Concrete as a verb (intransitive, obsolete):

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