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truncate (verb) shorten something by cutting off its top or end.
To truncate something is to cutting off the top of it, to shorten it. A truncated body is a headless human body. To truncate a report, article, etc., is to shorten them by cutting off some portion of it.
- As the editor found the report too long, he truncated it. He shortened it by cutting off some portions that he thought were unnecessary.
- Someone has truncated the pyramid and as a result it now appears without the top portion of it. With its top removed, it looks a bit ugly.