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Meaning of ABUNDANCE

Pronunciation:  u'bunduns

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the property of a more than adequate quantity or supply; "an age of abundance"
  2. [n]  (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
  3. [n]  (physics) the ratio of the number of atoms of a specific isotope of an element to the total number of isotopes present

ABUNDANCE is a 9 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: copiousness, teemingness
 Antonyms: scarceness, scarcity
 See Also: amplitude, bountifulness, bounty, cornucopia, lushness, luxuriance, overabundance, overmuch, overmuchness, plenitude, plenteousness, plentifulness, plentitude, plenty, profuseness, profusion, quantity, ratio, richness, superabundance, wealth



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\A*bun"dance\, n. [OE. (h)abundaunce, abundance, F.
abondance, L. abundantia, fr. 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.

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

Syn: Exuberance; plenteousness; plenty; copiousness;
     overflow; riches; affluence; wealth.

Usage: {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.

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