shortened; made briefer: The rain led to an abbreviated picnic.
(of clothing) scanty; barely covering the body: an abbreviated bathing suit.
constituting a shorter or smaller version of: The large car was an abbreviated limousine.
to shorten (a word or phrase) by omitting letters, substituting shorter forms, etc., so that the shortened form can represent the whole word or phrase, as ft. for foot, ab. for about, R.I. for Rhode Island, NW for Northwest, or Xn for Christian.
to reduce (anything) in length, duration, etc.; make briefer: to abbreviate a speech.