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acronym

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n acronym a word formed from the initial letters of the several words in the name
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Usage

In literature:

Hidden behind a jungle of acronyms, an unprecedented system of international finance evolves relentlessly.
"After the Rain" by Sam Vaknin
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In news:

Internet Acronyms Parents Should Know.
E very time UN negotiators meet for their annual climate talks, they come up with a new set of unintuitive acronyms, as if to make sure that people outside the climate bubble won't understand what they're talking about.
Every time UN negotiators meet for their annual climate talks, they come up with a new set of unintuitive acronyms, as if to make sure that people outside the climate bubble won't understand what they're talking about.
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Every time UN negotiators meet for their annual climate talks, they come up with a new set of unintuitive acronyms, as if to make sure that people outside the climate bubble won't understand what they're talking about.
New college students quickly learn that each school has its own lingo — acronyms, nicknames or Urban-Dictionary-type terms that are casually thrown around by those who know the campus well.
Here's a glossary to help assure that when you hear words and acronyms from industry people, you'll nod with understanding instead of pausing with puzzlement.
It's cold and gray on Thursday, three days post-Sandy DUMBO, one of the Brooklyn neighborhoods hardest hit by the storm (its name is an acronym for "down under the Manhattan Bridge overpass"), is still assessing the damage.
In our age of acronyms, you'll be excused if you can't define SFpark, SFStartup, SmartSF, EngageSF.
Many people may be familiar with the acronym MRI in a medical context but they are probably not aware that it is actually some rather cutting edge nuclear technology.
Many of you answered with a single acronym: NAFTA .
"CORE is an acronym for Center Of Regional Excellence and reflects our commitment to provide outstanding patient care, as we have done since 1968," said Dr Greg Alvine.
Is an acronym for People of Revolutionary Thought and Living.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD -- how's that for convenient acronym?).
Sarah Jessica Parker is not entirely sure when she became an acronym, an SJP.
Faced with the prospect of little practice time during last season's NBA lockout-condensed schedule, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich approached the installation of his offensive and defensive playbooks with one acronym in mind.
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In science:

Pronouncible, or nearly so, acronyms numbered about 20, ranging from Alpaca and Angstrom to SEXCLAS and SLUGS.
Astrophysics in 2006
We have invented this acronym for Kinematically Recognizable Entities of Dubious Origins to signify that disagreements about them sometimes sound almost faith-based (e.g.
Astrophysics in 2006
We acknowledge the support of the European Community-Research Infrastructure Integrating Activity ”Study of Strongly Interacting Matter” (acronym HadronPhysics2, Grant Agreement n. 227431) under the Seventh Framework Programme of EU.
Meson and Baryon resonances
In any event the first question to be answered is what is understood by “quantum mechanics.” In this I shall frequently employ John Bell’s acronym FAPP-For All Practical Purposes.
A Quantum Past
That large number of acronyms is indicative of how distant this is from a general full QCD calculation.
Moriond 2009, QCD and High Energy Interactions: Theory Summary
The acronyms in the following list are the initials of the main authors except HT (Higher-Twist) and McGill-AMY.
Jet Quenching in Evolving QGP Medium
Acronym rewriting: first occurrence of an acronym is replaced by its complete form (acronym and definition); following ones only by their reduced forms.
Improving Update Summarization by Revisiting the MMR Criterion
In case of acronym ambiguity, the most frequent one is selected.
Improving Update Summarization by Revisiting the MMR Criterion
K19] Nigel referred to this property as “X is of unconditional type.” If X ∗ is separable, it is equivalent to use weakly null sequences instead, and one obtains a notion that has been known by the acronym WORTH in the literature.
Nigel Kalton's work in isometrical Banach space theory
They use the same section title, protocol name, and acronym as in the paper (arXiv:0805.1514 ) where the protocol was presented, justified, and exploited.
The observation of ‘kinetic arrest’ was being reported in newer materials, and our group presented, justified, and outlined the potential of such a measurement protocol, giving it a name and an acronym .
To avoid confusion with the acronym ”SMBH ” usually adopted f or supermassive black holes.
Ultraluminous X-ray Sources in the Chandra and XMM-Newton Era
The acronyms FDP and FDR stand for false discovery proportion and rate, repectively, and the above are the continuous generalization of corresponding criteria introduced for finite hypothesis spaces by Benjamini and Hochberg (1995) for a finite number of hypotheses, and which have gained widespread acceptance since.
Testing over a continuum of null hypotheses with False Discovery Rate control
Civil standards that do not approximate Universal Time would best avoid the label “Coordinated Universal Time” and its acronym “UTC”, because these descriptions have always implied a technically useful realization of Universal Time.
The Colloquium on Decoupling Civil Timekeeping from Earth Rotation
However, it is worth to recall that the adjective minimal in the MSSM acronym refers to the particle content of the model and not to its flavour structure.
Minimal Flavour Violation and Beyond
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