What does the word abridgment mean?

Usage examples for abridgment

  1. School Abridgment, square 12mo. – Roumania Past and Present by James Samuelson
  2. Mr. Waterton, in one of his essays, makes some remarks, and relates a story which ought to be inserted in every book which treats of feline animals; therefore, although many others have quoted them, I do not apologize for inserting an abridgment of them here. – Anecdotes of the Habits and Instinct of Animals by R. Lee
  3. To part with a dollar was therefore ever felt as the giving up of a prospective good; and it acted as the abridgment of present happiness. – Lessons in Life, For All Who Will Read Them by T. S. Arthur