- an extremely plentiful or oversufficient quantity or supply: an abundance of grain.
- overflowing fullness: abundance of the heart.
- affluence; wealth: the enjoyment of abundance.
- 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 of abundance
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Examples from the Web for abundance
All the junkies try to transfer to them, for the abundance of morphine.A Million Ways to Die in Prison
December 8, 2014
But in New York City, a metropolis with an abundance of concrete and very few fields of grass, a far more subtle display appears.How the Circus Got a Social Conscience
November 7, 2014
She actively, and with glee, imbued their lives with an abundance of misery.J.K. Rowling Pens the Greatest Horror Story Ever: Dolores Umbridge Was Real
October 31, 2014
Medical authorities of the day often acted less out of an “abundance of caution” than with a general callousness to humanity.Disease History Vs. Disease Hysteria
October 19, 2014
The West applies reason and logic to true believers who have no fear and have an abundance of imagination.Why ISIS Keeps Running Circles Around Us, Just Like Al Qaeda Did Before 9/11
September 11, 2014
There was abundance of water on the surface in the hollows of the sand-hills.Explorations in Australia
The more we are freed from fear the more exultantly we feel our abundance of life.The Conquest of Fear
There was, as Yates afterward remarked, "abundance, and plenty of it."In the Midst of Alarms
Here are children in abundance, and what benefit could have accrued to me from his purchasing Vernon?Lady Susan
The charm that held us to this rough place was the abundance of game.A Woman Tenderfoot
Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
- a copious supply; great amount
- fullness or benevolencefrom the abundance of my heart
- degree of plentifulness
- 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
- 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 percentagethe abundance of neon-22 in natural neon is 8.82 per cent
- Also called: abondance a call in solo whist undertaking to make nine tricks
Word Origin and History for abundance
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).