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

  • n. The centimeter-gram-second electromagnetic unit of inductance, equal to one billionth of a henry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A unit of inductance equal to one billionth (1 x 10-9) of a henry, used in the centimeter-gram-second system of units.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name proposed for the c. g. s. electromagnetic unit of inductance; 1 × 10 henrys.

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

  • n. a unit of inductance equal to one billionth of a henry


ab- (“absolute”) +‎ henry (Wiktionary)


  • Consult one of the best of them, Webster's New World Dictionary, and what you find is a miniature encyclopedia filled with the explanations of initials, proper names, and entries like "macrosporangium" and "abhenry," which are not and never will be words of the English language.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XIII No 3


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