- a major blood group usually enabling a person whose blood is of this type to donate blood to persons of type AB and to receive blood from persons of type O, A, B, or AB.
- abdominal muscles.
Origin of abs
- Baseball. (times) at bat.
- a formal element occurring in loanwords from Latin, where it meant “away from”: abdicate; abolition.
Origin of ab-
Origin of A.B.1
- Nautical. able seaman.
- Baseball. (times) at bat.Also a.b.
Examples from the Web for ab
“Ab Welsh, who was a forward with the Saskatoon Quakers was the first one,” Howe said.Gordie Howe Hockey’s Greatest War Horse
May 31, 2014
On 27 July 2013, AB Neubauer reported that she was sexually assaulted the previous evening.Spies, Lies, and Rape in the Air Force: An Undercover Agent's Story
March 4, 2014
An AB is a muscle found on magazine covers, an AD in the mag says Virginia's For Lovers.National Scrabble Day: A Poem So You’ll Know All 101 Two-Letter Words
April 13, 2013
The ABT has a saying on the inside, “If you ever disrespect the AB, we will make sure you leave in a body bag.”The Aryan Brotherhood of Texas: ‘Brutal, Deadly, and Effective’
April 4, 2013
AB 32, the law Whitman wants to suspend, is nearly as popular as free cerveza.The GOP's Big Green Gamble
December 8, 2009
A character mentioned in the Mabinogion, goes by the name of Gwyddneu ab Llwydau.
Arthwys son of Ceneu ab Coel was too early for the battle of Cattraeth.
Sabbataï had been born on the ninth of Ab—on the great Black Fast.Dreamers of the Ghetto
“Ab, you are in as big a hurry to git thar as any of us,” said another.Rodney, the Ranger
John V. Lane
Wal, sir, I've heerd yer from the North, and I'd like to know if yer an ab'lishener.Among the Pines
James R. Gilmore
- a variant of Av
- Also: a.b. able-bodied seaman
- (in the US) Bachelor of Arts
- (esp in postal addresses) Alberta (Canada)
- a human blood type of the ABO group, containing both the A antigen and the B antigen
- away from; off; outside of; opposite toabnormal; abaxial; aboral
- denoting a cgs unit of measurement in the electromagnetic systemabvolt
- informal abdominal muscles
- acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene: any of a range of tough copolymers used esp for making moulded articles
Word Origin and History for ab
word-forming element meaning "away, from, from off, down;" from Latin ab-, ab "off, away from," from PIE root *apo- (see apo-). Reduced to a- before -m-, -p-, or -v-; sometimes abs- before -c- or -t-.
colloquial shortening of abdominals, by 1992.