Are there subtle differences in meaning between the nouns summary, abstract, overview, and synopsis?
Which would be the most appropriate term for a one-page "executive summary" of a research report?
- summary: An abstract or a condensed presentation of the substance of a body of material.
- abstract: An abridgement or summary.
- overview: A brief summary, as of a book or a presentation.
- synopsis: A brief summary of the major points of a written work, either as prose or as a table; an abridgment or condensation of a work.