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Examples from the Web for apb

  • Find the area of triangle APB in terms of x, the side of the square.

    The Canterbury Puzzles|Henry Ernest Dudeney

British Dictionary definitions for apb


abbreviation for (in the US)

all-points bulletin
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Word Origin and History for apb


also a.p.b., 1960, police jargon initialism for all-points bulletin, itself attested by 1953 (perhaps more in the jargon of detective novels than in actual police use).

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