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abundance

Noun

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

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English

Etymology

Old English (h)abundaunce, abundance, abundance (modern: abondance), Latin abundantia, from abundare. See Abound.

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. 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.
    Quotations
    • It is lamentable to remember what abundance of noble blood hath been shed with small benefit to the Christian state. - Raleigh

Synonyms

  • 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.

Translations

ample sufficiency

References

Extensive Definition

Abundance may refer to:
In chemistry:
In literature:
abundance in German: Abundanz

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