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abundance

[uh-buhn-duh ns] /əˈbʌn dəns/
noun
1.
an extremely plentiful or oversufficient quantity or supply:
an abundance of grain.
2.
overflowing fullness:
abundance of the heart.
3.
affluence; wealth:
the enjoyment of abundance.
4.
Physics, Chemistry. the number of atoms of one isotope of an element divided by the total number of atoms in a mixture of the isotopes.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Middle French < Latin abundantia. See abundant, -ance
Related forms
preabundance, noun
Can be confused
abundance, plenty, profusion (see synonym study at plenty)
Synonyms
1. copiousness, plenteousness. See plenty. 2. generosity.
Antonyms
1. scarcity.
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British Dictionary definitions for abundance

abundance

/əˈbʌndəns/
noun
1.
a copious supply; great amount
2.
fullness or benevolence: from the abundance of my heart
3.
degree of plentifulness
4.
(chem) the extent to which an element or ion occurs in the earth's crust or some other specified environment: often expressed in parts per million or as a percentage
5.
(physics) the ratio of the number of atoms of a specific isotope in a mixture of isotopes of an element to the total number of atoms present: often expressed as a percentage: the abundance of neon-22 in natural neon is 8.82 per cent
6.
Also called abondance. a call in solo whist undertaking to make nine tricks
7.
affluence
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin abundantia, from abundāre to abound
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Word Origin and History for abundance
n.

mid-14c., from Old French abondance and directly from Latin abundantia "fullness, plenty," noun of state from abundantem (nominative abundans), present participle of abundare "to overflow" (see abound).

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