AskDefine | Define abridge

Dictionary Definition

abridge v : reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The manuscript must be shortened" [syn: foreshorten, abbreviate, shorten, cut, contract, reduce] [ant: elaborate]

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From etyl enm abregen, from 14th Century etyl frm abregier, (French abréger), from abbrevio, from etyl la ad + brevio. See brief and compare abbreviate


  • (RP) /əˈbrɪdʒ/


  1. To make shorter; to shorten in duration; to lessen; to diminish; to curtail; as, to abridge labor; to abridge power or rights.
    • The bridegroom ... abridged his visit. - Smollett
    • She retired herself to Sebaste, and abridged her train from state to necessity. - Fuller
  2. To shorten or contract by using fewer words, yet retaining the sense; to epitomize; to condense; as, to abridge a history or dictionary.
  3. To deprive; to cut off; -- followed by of, and formerly by from; as, to abridge one of his rights.

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to make shorter (1)
to shorten or contract by using fewer words (2)
to deprive (3)
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Extensive Definition

Abridge is a small town in Essex, England. It is on the River Roding, 26 km (16 miles) southwest of the county town of Chelmsford. The town is in the district of Epping Forest and in the parliamentary constituency of Brentwood & Ongar. It is part of the civil parish of Lambourne and is served by Lambourne Parish Council.
It takes its name from the brick bridge over the River Roding, which is situated just to the north of the modern centre, on the road to Theydon Bois.


Abridge lies on the historically important coaching route between London and Chipping Ongar and has been an important crossing point of the River Roding for many centuries. The boundary of the Conservation Area includes the historic core of the village which is evident on the Chapman and Andre Map of 1777.
Listed buildings include the Blue Boar Inn (early 19th century), the group of medieval buildings that form the Roding Restaurant, the 18th century house immediately north east of the restaurant, Roding House (late medieval) and River Cottage in Ongar Road, and The Maltsters Arms (18th century).


The town is in the southwest of the county, 26 km (16 miles) from Chelmsford. It is closer to London, being 23 km (14 miles) northwest of central London. It lies on the River Roding and is surrounded by a rural area. The nearest major settlements are Loughton 3.6 km (2.2 miles) to the West, Chigwell 3.9 km (2.4 miles) to the southwest and Theydon Bois 2.7 km (1.7 miles) northeast of the town.
It lies within the M25 orbital, but its closest major road link is the M11 motorway at junction 5 (towards London only). The main road that links the town with the M11 and Essex and London is the A113. Its nearest rail link is Theydon Bois tube station, on the Central Line (Travelcard Zone 6), 2.5 km (1.6 miles) to the northeast of the town. The 541 bus links the village with Loughton, Theydon Bois and Epping. It extends to Harlow on Sundays.



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