What does the word abstract mean?

Usage examples for abstract

  1. He distinctly says that general names are given to things on account of their attributes, and that abstract names are the names of those attributes. – A System Of Logic, Ratiocinative And Inductive (Vol. 1 of 2) by John Stuart Mill
  2. I haven't seen anything else like it in the Abstract." – The Quality of Mercy by W. D. Howells
  3. The fact of the matter is that now I have arrived at the third act I find patriotism too abstract an emotion for the stage. – Poor Relations by Compton Mackenzie