1 the property of a more than adequate quantity or supply; "an age of abundance" [syn: copiousness, teemingness] [ant: scarcity]
2 (physics) the ratio of the number of atoms of a specific isotope of an element to the total number of isotopes present
3 (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
EtymologyOld English (h)abundaunce, abundance, abundance (modern: abondance), Latin abundantia, from abundare. See Abound.
- An overflowing
fullness; ample sufficiency; great plenty; profusion; copious supply; superfluity; wealth: --
strictly applicable to quantity only,
but sometimes used of number. A lack of scarcity.
- It is lamentable to remember what abundance of noble blood hath been shed with small benefit to the Christian state. - Raleigh
- Exuberance; plenteousness; plenty; copiousness; overflow; riches; affluence; wealth.
- Abundance, Plenty, Exuberance. These words rise upon each other in expressing the idea of fullness.
- Plenty denotes a sufficiency to supply every want; as, plenty of food, plenty of money, etc.
- Abundance express more, and gives the idea of superfluity or excess; as, abundance of riches, an abundance of wit and humor; often, however, it only denotes plenty in a high degree.
- Exuberance rises still higher, and implies a bursting forth on every side, producing great superfluity or redundance; as, an exuberance of mirth, an exuberance of animal spirits, etc.
- Crimean Tatar: bereket
- Czech: hojnost
- Dutch: overvloed
- Finnish: runsaus, yltäkylläisyys
- French: abondance
- German: Überfluss
- Indonesian: limpah-ruah
- Interlingua: abundantia
- Italian: abbondanza
- Japanese: 大量 (tairyō); 過剰 (kajō); 豊かさ (yutakasa); 多量 (taryō)
- Norwegian: overflod
- Portuguese: abundância
- Russian: изобилие
- Spanish: abundancia
Abundance may refer to:
abundance in German: Abundanz
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