Definitions

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

  • n. Informal Fabrication: building a shed of metal fab.
  • adj. Slang Fabulous; wonderful.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A manufacturing plant which fabricates items, particularly silicon chips.
  • v. fabricate, especially in the context of fabbers

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. extremely pleasing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A Scotch form of fob.

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

  • adj. extremely pleasing

Etymologies

From fabulous, by shortening (Wiktionary)
From fabricate and its derived terms, by shortening (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • How do you think pre-fab is particularly appropriate for sustainable architecture?

    PREFAB FRIDAY: Interview with Leo Marmol | Inhabitat

  • Imagine, the concept of pre-fab is what, 900 years old?

    History retold

  • Update: As so often is the case, the best commentary on this comes from Jamais Cascio, who also coins a fab neologism in this context:

    Archive 2007-01-01

  • This lack of revenues from this customer will continue in the second half and requires us to reduce production significantly in one specific fab, which is largely dedicated to these affected products.

  • Shanghai is one fab, which is the make up that positive.

    SeekingAlpha.com: Home Page

  • Sony Ericsson hopes that the three new models, the Vivaz and the Xperia X10 - which the company has dubbed the fab five - will help turn around the company's fortunes.

    PC Advisor News

  • Sony Ericsson hopes that the three new models, the Vivaz and the Xperia X10 -- which the company has dubbed the fab five -- will help turn around the company's fortunes.

    PCWorld

  • Scot Boland will be setting up shop in the Shippan Point Room at the th and from 12 noon to 8 p.m. on November 29th, these casting agents will be meeting with aspiring singers, actors & musicians who'd be interested in appearing in what (for this set of auditions, anyway) is being called the fab four feature film.

    Jim Hill Media

  • What we are seeing is a levelling out in the Prem, with our so-called fab clubs - Man United and Chelsea - suddenly vulnerable, losing points all over the shop, while the lower classes are likely to upset the toffs.

    New Statesman

  • Ruiz noted that the chip factory, known as a fab, will be near two research partners: the state-run College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany, and IBM Corp., which has a facility farther down the Hudson Valley in East Fishkill.

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  • ...also shorthand for "fabricate"

    April 23, 2008