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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A great or plentiful amount.
  • n. Fullness to overflowing: "My thoughts . . . are from the abundance of my heart” ( Thomas De Quincey).
  • n. Affluence; wealth.
  • n. Chemistry The amount of an isotope of an element that exists in nature, usually expressed as a percentage of the total amount of all isotopes of the element.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An overflowing fullness; ample sufficiency; great plenty; profusion; copious supply; superfluity; wealth: -- strictly applicable to quantity only, but sometimes used of number.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A copious supply or quantity; overflowing plenteousness; unrestricted sufficiency: strictly applicable to quantity only, but sometimes used of number: as, an abundance of corn, or of people; to have money in great abundance.
  • n. Overflowing fullness or affluence; repletion; amplitude of means or resources.
  • n. Synonyms Exuberance, Profusion, etc. (see plenty); plenteousness, plentifulness, plenitude, sufficiency, copiousness, ampleness, luxuriance, supply. See affluence.
  • n. In card-playing, same as abondance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (physics) the ratio of the number of atoms of a specific isotope of an element to the total number of isotopes present
  • n. the property of a more than adequate quantity or supply
  • n. (chemistry) the ratio of the total mass of an element in the earth's crust to the total mass of the earth's crust; expressed as a percentage or in parts per million

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  • A-bun-dance: shake yer rump.

    September 26, 2008