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Syllabification: trun·cate
Pronunciation: /ˈtrəNGˌkāt

Definition of truncate in English:


[with object] (often as adjective truncated)
1Shorten (something) by cutting off the top or the end: a truncated cone shape discussion was truncated by the arrival of tea
More example sentences
  • Now, that is, at best, an abbreviated and truncated version of what had occurred, is it not?
  • Both her parents had had interrupted childhoods, and truncated educations, and were determined their children should not suffer the same fate.
  • What happened, though, was that the debate ran eight minutes long, so all of the ensuing commentary was truncated.
shorten, cut, cut short, curtail, bring to an untimely end;
abbreviate, condense, reduce, prune
1.1 Crystallography Replace (an edge or an angle) by a plane, typically so as to make equal angles with the adjacent faces.
Example sentences
  • Internally, grains commonly show concentric compositional zonation, which is truncated at broken grain edges.
  • Rather, the quartz crystals are cleanly truncated at the contacts, or they wrap themselves around the pyrites.
  • The thickness of (100) and (200) sectors in truncated single crystals of linear polyethylene grown from dilute n-octane solution at 95 °C was measured by atomic force microscopy (AFM) in tapping mode.


Botany & Zoology Back to top  
(Of a leaf, feather, or other part) ending abruptly as if cut off across the base or tip.
Example sentences
  • 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.


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



Pronunciation: /ˌtrəNGˈkāSHən/
Example sentences
  • But then the papers were summaries, they were truncations, densely-packed contextualisers that served little purpose other than to inspire questions.
  • The Chinese and English versions are truncations with a significant number of lines being omitted.
  • Different R5 sequences at the 5’ junctions correspond to truncations of the element with the top sequence in corresponding to a full-length element.

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