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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Since the effect of the movement is to reduce the liquids to the same condition, _a difference in density causes the flow to be greater from the less dense toward the denser liquid_, than in the opposite direction; while _a difference in composition causes the substances in solution to move from the place of greater abundance toward places of less abundance_.
He buys at a low price in proportion to the abundance of the articles in demand; _abundance_, then, enriches him.
What it does have in abundance is limp, broad comedy starring Shia LaBeouf and some actually rather tepid vamping by former-It Girl Megan Fox.
My patience, never in abundance, is rapidly waning with every subdivision of these hairs.
What NASA has in abundance is a higher approval rating than at any time in its history - even during the height of Apollo - and it stands as a beacon of hope to a world fraught with economic depression, security threats and a general malaise.
One thing Senator Obama does have in abundance is more than enough Kool-Aid to go around.
Instead of host we might not improperly render the term abundance;  for Moses declares that this world was in every sense completed, as if the whole house were well supplied and filled with its furniture.
Be that as it may, what the British do have, and in abundance, is character!
Life in abundance is eternal life, life without death or fear of death, life and much more.
Your post features both long-windedness and pomposity in abundance, which is fitting because those two qualities also comprise the left foot and right foot of your idol Obama, in that they are his feet of clay.
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