Abbreviations shall be used only when their meanings are unquestionably clear to the intended reader. WHEN IN DOUBT, SPELL IT OUT. Abbreviations that are not in common use and are to be used frequently in a document or where there is doubt that the reader will understand their meanings, should be clarified when first used: by spelling out the word or complete phrase, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses.
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The terms and abbreviations in this standard are limited to those commonly used on drawings, and in specifications, standards, and technical documents.
This standard provides a list of abbreviations authorized for use on drawings, and in specifications, standards, and other technical documents.
1.2.1 Short words
Abbreviations of words having five or fewer letters are not included except those established by longstanding practice.
1.2.2 Field of use.
Where an abbreviation is intended primarily for a particular field of application, that field is indicated in parentheses following the term, eg, fast operate (relay).
1.2.3 Combining form
Where two abbreviations are listen for the same word, the first applies to the word used alone, while the one designated (comb form) is to be used only in combination with abbreviations of other words to form an abbreviation for a word combination.