Acronyms, Abbreviations and Initialisms (defined)

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abbreviation[edit | edit source]

shortened or contracted form of a word or phrase, used to represent the whole.

Examples:

– Dr. (Doctor)

– U.S. (United States)

– lb. (pound)

initialism[edit | edit source]

abbreviations that are pronounced one letter at a time.

Examples:

– FBI

HTML

– IBM

– DVD

BTW

acronym[edit | edit source]

abbreviations that are pronounced as words

Examples:

– NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)

– AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome)

– Scuba (self-contained underwater breathing apparatus)