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ABC

[ey-bee-see] /ˈeɪˌbiˈsi/
noun, plural ABC's, ABCs.
1.
ABC's (defs 1, 3).

ABC

1.
Trademark. American Broadcasting Companies: a television and radio network.
2.
atomic, biological, and chemical:
ABC warfare.

A.B.C.

1.
Advance Booking Charter.
2.
Alcoholic Beverage Control.

ABC's

[ey-bee-seez] /ˈeɪˌbiˈsiz/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
1.
Also, ABC. the alphabet.
2.
the basic skills of spelling, reading, and writing:
learning the ABC's in the early grades of school.
3.
Also, ABC. the basic or elementary facts, principles, etc., of a subject:
the ABC's of electricity.
Also, ABCs.
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Examples from the web for ABC
  • The track several thousand was featured on the ABC show men in trees.
  • ABC was unable to find a sponsor for the radio show and soon canceled it.
  • Public radio broadcasters ABC radio and sbs radio operate a number of stations.
British Dictionary definitions for ABC

ABC1

noun
1.
(pl in US) the rudiments of a subject
2.
an alphabetical guide to a subject
3.
(often pl in US) the alphabet

ABC2

abbreviation
1.
(formerly, of weapons or warfare) atomic, biological, and chemical
2.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
3.
American Broadcasting Company
4.
Audit Bureau of Circulation
5.
(Austral) Australian-born Chinese: a person with Chinese parents, born and raised in Australia
6.
(US) American-born Chinese: a person with Chinese parents, born and raised in the US
7.
(Brit) acceptable behaviour contract: a voluntary written agreement between someone who has been involved in anti-social behaviour and a local agency such as a housing association, council, or police
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for ABC

"the alphabet," late 13c., abece. Sense "rudiments or fundamentals (of a subject)" is from late 14c. From 1944 (in a "Billboard" headline) as a shortening of American Broadcasting Company. Related: ABCs.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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ABC in Technology

1. Atanasoff-Berry Computer.
2. An imperative language and programming environment from CWI, Netherlands. It is interactive, structured, high-level, and easy to learn and use. It is a general-purpose language which you might use instead of BASIC, Pascal or AWK. It is not a systems-programming language but is good for teaching or prototyping.
ABC has only five data types that can easily be combined; strong typing, yet without declarations; data limited only by memory; refinements to support top-down programming; nesting by indentation. Programs are typically around a quarter the size of the equivalent Pascal or C program, and more readable.
ABC includes a programming environment with syntax-directed editing, suggestions, persistent variables and multiple workspaces and infinite precision arithmetic.
An example function words to collect the set of all words in a document:
HOW TO RETURN words document: PUT IN collection FOR line in document: FOR word IN split line: IF word not.in collection: INSERT word IN collection RETURN collection
Interpreter/compiler, version 1.04.01, by Leo Geurts, Lambert Meertens, Steven Pemberton . ABC has been ported to Unix, MS-DOS, Atari, Macintosh.
(http://cwi.nl/cwi/projects/abc.html).
FTP eu.net (ftp://ftp.eu.net/programming/languages/abc), FTP nluug.nl (ftp://ftp.nluug.nl/programming/languages/abc), FTP uunet (ftp://ftp.uu.net/languages/abc).
Mailing list: .
E-mail: .
["The ABC Programmer's Handbook" by Leo Geurts, Lambert Meertens and Steven Pemberton, published by Prentice-Hall (ISBN 0-13-000027-2)].
["An Alternative Simple Language and Environment for PCs" by Steven Pemberton, IEEE Software, Vol. 4, No. 1, January 1987, pp. 56-64.]
(1995-02-09)
2. Argument, Basic value, C?.
An abstract machine for implementation of functional languages and its intermediate code.
[P. Koopman, "Functional Programs as Executable Specifications", 1990].
(1995-02-09)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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Related Abbreviations for ABC

ABC

  1. American Broadcasting Company
  2. American-born Chinese

ABC's

  1. the alphabet
  2. the basics
The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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