What does the word abstracted mean?

Usage examples for abstracted

  1. Major Ralston continued to be abstracted for fully thirty seconds after the quiet question; then, as Bernard did not repeat it but merely waited, he replied to it. – The Lamp in the Desert by Ethel M. Dell
  2. The pistol had been identified as Spurrier's, and his explanation that he had left it hanging in his holster at his quarters, whence some unknown person might have abstracted it, lacked persuasiveness. – The Law of Hemlock Mountain by Hugh Lundsford
  3. " Element number eighty- five," said Matt in his deep, abstracted voice, pointing at the bluish cylinder. – The Raid on the Termites by Paul Ernst