Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An abdominal muscle.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A prefix of Latin origin, denoting disjunction, separation, or departure, off, from, away, etc., as in abduct, abjure, etc.
  • noun The eleventh month of the Jewish civil year, and the fifth of the ecclesiastical year, answering to a part of July and a part of August. In the Syriac calendar Ab is the last summer month.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The fifth month of the Jewish year according to the ecclesiastical reckoning, the eleventh by the civil computation, coinciding nearly with August.

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  • noun slang An abscess caused by injecting an illegal drug, usually heroin.
  • abbreviation abort or abortion
  • abbreviation about
  • noun US The early stages of; the beginning process; the start.

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

  • noun a bachelor's degree in arts and sciences
  • noun the muscles of the abdomen
  • noun the blood group whose red cells carry both the A and B antigens
  • noun the eleventh month of the civil year; the fifth month of the ecclesiastical year in the Jewish calendar (in July and August)

Etymologies

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Abbreviation of abscess.

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Abbreviations, see definitions.

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From the spelling books and the fact that it was the first of the letter combinations.

Examples

  • = Similar instrumental uses of _ab_ at _Her_ X 138 'tunicas lacrimis sicut _ab imbre_ graues', _AA_ III 545 'ingenium placida mollitur _ab arte_', _Met_ I 65-66 'contraria tellus/nubibus assiduis pluuiaque madescit ab Austro', _Met_ IV 162-63 'pectus ... adhuc _a caede_ tepebat', and _Fast_ V 323 'caelum nigrescit _ab Austris_'.

    The Last Poems of Ovid

  • "Middel-erd for mon wes mad," is English, and is interesting as copying not the least intricate of the _trouvère_ measures -- an eleven-line stanza of eight sevens or sixes, rhymed _ab, ab, ab, ab, c, b, c_; but moral-religious in tone and much alliterated.

    The Flourishing of Romance and the Rise of Allegory (Periods of European Literature, vol. II)

  • He meets some friends at the temple of Tellus by appointment with the sacristan, "_ab_ aeditimo, _ut dicere didicimus a patribus nostris; ut corrigimur ab recentibus urbanis, ab_ aedituo."

    The History of Roman Literature From the earliest period to the death of Marcus Aurelius

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