I have the issue that I need to fit the word synchronisiert in a column header (computer program) where I don't have the space.

Is there some accepted 'shortened form' or abbreviation that I can use, let's say 8-9 characters?

  • There is nothing wrong with sync., I'd say. Not exactly an official abbreviation (is there such a thing?), but should be understood by your audience. – Ingmar Apr 16 '15 at 9:49


the official abbreviation is : "sync."

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  • This sounds ambiguous, as it can also stand for the action synchronisieren (which implies the exact opposite, namely that the column is not currently synchronisiert). – O. R. Mapper Apr 16 '15 at 11:42
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    I think you should specify what you mean by 'official'. Did you find it in a dictionary? Is it recommended by some screen writers' association or something? – user2183 Apr 16 '15 at 11:48
  • Do you have a source/reference for this? – Gerhard Apr 16 '15 at 23:45

In case we have a space of 8-9 characters we may also consider to not abbreviate at all but use the adjective stem "synchron" (synchronous) instead of the verb:

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