Definition of Abundance

1. Noun. The property of a more than adequate quantity or supply. "An age of abundance"

2. Noun. (physics) the ratio of the number of atoms of a specific isotope of an element to the total number of isotopes present.
Category relationships: Natural Philosophy, Physics
Generic synonyms: Ratio

3. Noun. (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.
Category relationships: Chemical Science, Chemistry
Generic synonyms: Ratio

Definition of Abundance

1. n. An overflowing fullness; ample sufficiency; great plenty; profusion; copious supply; superfluity; wealth: -- strictly applicable to quantity only, but sometimes used of number.

Definition of Abundance

1. Noun. An overflowing fullness or ample sufficiency; profusion; copious supply; superfluity. ¹

2. Noun. (context: sciences) Frequency, amount, ratio of something within a given environment. ¹

3. Noun. Wealth; affluence. ¹

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Definition of Abundance

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Medical Definition of Abundance

1. An overflowing fullness; ample sufficiency; great plenty; profusion; copious supply; superfluity; wealth: strictly applicable to quantity only, but sometimes used of number. "It is lamentable to remember what abundance of noble blood hath been shed with small benefit to the Christian state." (Raleigh) Synonym: 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. Origin: OE. (h)abudaunce, abundance, F. Abundance, F. Abondance, L. Abundantia, fr. Abundare. See Abound. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Abundance

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abundant number
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Literary usage of Abundance

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1. A General Collection of the Best and Most Interesting Voyages and Travels in by John Pinkerton (1812)
"Of the great fatigue the Admiral underwent, failing among abundance of I/lands. ... feeing any thing remarkable, he failed away north-eaft, among abundance ..."

2. Transactions by Norfolk and Norwich Naturalists' Society, Norwick Eng, Thomas Southwell, Norfolk and Norwich Naturalists' Society (1870)
"1869—70, 60 On the abundance of Little Gulls on the Norfolk Coast in the Winter of 1869—70 ... 1870—1, 88 abundance of Quails in Summer and Autumn of 1870 . ..."

3. Our Vanishing Wild Life: Its Extermination and Preservation by William Temple Hornaday (1913)
"Nevertheless, the wild-life abundance of early American days survived down ... "abundance" is the word with which to describe the original animal life that ..."

4. The Cruise of the Snark by Jack London (1911)
"CHAPTER XII The High Seat of abundance On the arrival of strangers, every man endeavored to obtain one as a friend and carry him off to his own habitation, ..."

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