pre abundance

abundance

[uh-buhn-duhns]
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:
1300–50; Middle English < Middle French < Latin abundantia. See abundant, -ance

preabundance, noun

abundance, plenty, profusion (see synonym study at plenty).


1. copiousness, plenteousness. See plenty. 2. generosity.


1. scarcity.
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abundance (əˈbʌndəns)
 
n
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
 
[C14: via Old French from Latin abundantia, from abundāre to abound]

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abundance
mid-14c., from O.Fr. abundance (Mod.Fr. abondance), from L. abundantia "fullness," noun of state from abundans (gen. abundantis), prp. of abundare "to overflow" (see abound).
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