- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /əˈbʌn.dn̩s/
- (US) IPA(key): /əˈbʌn.dn̩s/, /əˈbʌn.dn̩ts/, /əˈbn̩.dn̩s/
- (Malaysia, Singapore) IPA(key): /əˈbɑn.dənts/
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- A large quantity; many. [First attested around 1150 to 1350.]
- An overflowing fullness or ample sufficiency; profusion; copious supply; superfluity; plentifulness. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
- Synonyms: exuberance, copiousness, overflow, plenty, plenteousness, plenitude, plentitude; see also Thesaurus:excess
- c. 1610?, Walter Raleigh, A Discourse of War
- It is lamentable to remember what abundance of noble blood hath been shed with small benefit to the Christian state.
- Wealth; affluence; plentiful amount of resources. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
- Frequency, amount, ratio of something within a given environment or sample. [First attested in the late 19th century.]
- (card games) A bid to take nine or more tricks in solo whist. [First attested in the late 19th century.]
- (Scotland) enough, sufficiency.
- Synonym notes: abundance, plenty, exuberance. These words express increasing levels of fullness.
- plenty denotes there is enough to supply every need; e.g., plenty of food, plenty of money, etc.
- abundance express more, and gives the idea of superfluity or excess; e.g., the abundance of riches, an abundance of wit and humor
- Exuberance expresses even more, and implies a bursting forth on every side, producing an enormous amount of superfluity or redundancy; e.g. an exuberance of talent, lakes replete with an exuberance of fish
- abundation (Chester)
solo whist: bid to take nine or more tricks
- Philip Babcock Gove (editor), Webster's Third International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged (G. & C. Merriam Co., 1976 , →ISBN), page 8
- Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors (2002), “abundance”, in The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 10.
- ^ “abundance, n.” in the Dictionary of the Scots Language, Edinburgh: Scottish Language Dictionaries.