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abs

[abz] /æbz/
plural noun, Informal.
1.
abdominal muscles.
Origin of abs
1980-1985
An Americanism dating back to 1980-85; by shortening

ABS

1.
antilock braking system.

ABS

1.
Chemistry. ABS resin.

Ab

[ahb, ahv] /ɑb, ɑv/
noun
1.
Av.

abs-

1.
variant of ab-:
absent; abscond.

abs.

1.
2.
3.

A.B.S.

1.
American Bible Society.
2.
American Bureau of Shipping.
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British Dictionary definitions for abs

abs

/æbz/
plural noun
1.
(informal) abdominal muscles

ABS

abbreviation
1.
acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene: any of a range of tough copolymers used esp for making moulded articles

Ab

/æb/
noun
1.
a variant of Av

AB

abbreviation
1.
Also a.b.. able-bodied seaman
2.
(in the US) Bachelor of Arts
3.
(esp in postal addresses) Alberta (Canada)
symbol
4.
a human blood type of the ABO group, containing both the A antigen and the B antigen
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Word Origin and History for abs
n.

colloquial shortening of abdominals, by 1992.

abs-

form of ab- before -c-, -q- or -t-.

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abs in Medicine

Ab abbr.
antibody

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