from The Century Dictionary.

  • In decorative art, lowered, beaten down, or cut away, as the background of an ornamental pattern in relief.

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  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of abate.


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  • The world waited with baited breath (or is that bated breath, as in abated?) for the results of Northampton County judicial and county elections.

    November 4th, 2009

  • The rain abated in the afternoon and the course drained well enough to resume play at 4 p.m. - Jonathan Byrd snares B.C. Open title in closing holes

  • Afterwards, as my pain abated, I began to be haunted by occasional memories of something pleasant that had crossed my dreary life; visions of a brave, bright young face, ready alike to battle with and enjoy the world.

    John Halifax, Gentleman

  • Toward morning the fever and pain abated, and he fell into a sweet sleep.

    The Hidden Hand

  • We did so, and were safe; but there we had to remain, wet to our skins, until the wind and the rain abated sufficiently for us to manage our little craft.

    Roughing It in the Bush

  • He says that it's possible additional tax breaks will be approved late this year, but that pressure on Congress to approve more stimulus measures has "abated" because of the recent enactment of the historic economic-rescue package and because "the crisis atmosphere is lessening."

    Voters' New Choice: Dueling Tax Breaks

  • That an impeachment was not "abated" by a dissolution had been affirmed by the lords in the case of Lord Danby in 1679, but this decision was reversed in 1685.

    The Political History of England - Vol. X. The History of England from the Accession of George III to the close of Pitt's first Administration

  • Has pricing, I know that has kind of abated in the past, in the last couple of quarters certainly in the December quarter, but is pricing becoming more into the picture now as a pressure? Home Page

  • Rent during first year of the lease will be "abated," according to a document filed with the

    National Business News - Local Business News | bizjournals

  • TGY: Because I'm an insufferable word weenie, I have to say it: did you know that that expression is actually "bated breath", as in "abated"? queeraselvis v 2.0: I agree, in essence, with your proposed scenario, although I rather imagine AAC Wifey pleasuring herself with a golf club or a Glock or something, not some sissy Rabbit.

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