Abstraction is a process by which higher concepts are derived from the usage and classification of literal ("real" or "concrete") concepts, first principles, or other methods. "An abstraction" is the product of this process ¿ a concept that acts as a super-categorical noun for all subordinate concepts, and connects any related concepts as a group, field, or category.
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Shape
The shape (Old English: gesceap, created thing) of an object located in some space is a geometrical description of the part of that space occupied by the object, as determined by its external boundary ¿ abstracting from location and orientation in space, size, and other properties such as colour, content, and material composition.
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Geometric modeling
Geometric modeling is a branch of applied mathematics and computational geometry that studies methods and algorithms for the mathematical description of shapes. The shapes studied in geometric modeling are mostly two- or three-dimensional, although many of its tools and principles can be applied to sets of any finite dimension. Today most geometric modeling is done with computers and for computer-based applications.
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Contour line
A contour line (also isoline, isopleth, or isarithm) of a function of two variables is a curve along which the function has a constant value. In cartography, a contour line (often just called a "contour") joins points of equal elevation (height) above a given level, such as mean sea level. A contour map is a map illustrated with contour lines, for example a topographic map, which thus shows valleys and hills, and the steepness of slopes.
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Curve
In mathematics, a curve (also called a curved line in older texts) is, generally speaking, an object similar to a line but which is not required to be straight. This entails that a line is a special case of curve, namely a curve with null curvature. Often curves in two-dimensional or three-dimensional (space curves) Euclidean space are of interest.
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Polygon
In geometry a polygon is a flat shape consisting of straight lines that are joined to form a closed chain or circuit. A polygon is traditionally a plane figure that is bounded by a closed path, composed of a finite sequence of straight line segments (i.e. , by a closed polygonal chain). These segments are called its edges or sides, and the points where two edges meet are the polygon's vertices or corners. An n-gon is a polygon with n sides.
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Characteristic (algebra)
In mathematics, the characteristic of a ring R, often denoted char(R), is defined to be the smallest number of times one must use the ring's multiplicative identity element (1) in a sum to get the additive identity element (0); the ring is said to have characteristic zero if this repeated sum never reaches the additive identity. That is, char(R) is the smallest positive number n such that if such a number n exists, and 0 otherwise.
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Manifold
In mathematics, a manifold is a mathematical object that on a small enough scale resembles Euclidean space. For example, seen from far away, the surface of the planet Earth is not flat and Euclidean, but on a smaller scale, one may describe each region via a geographic map, a projection of the surface onto the Euclidean plane. A precise mathematical definition of a manifold is given below. Lines and circles (but not figure eights) are one-dimensional manifolds (1-manifolds).
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