Abba

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Abba ăb"bȧ Father; religious superior; -- in the Syriac, Coptic, and Ethiopic churches, a title given to the bishops, and by the bishops to the patriarch.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: ABBA got their name by taking the first letter from each of their names (Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny, Anni-frid.)
    • n Abba Father. It is used in the New Testament three times (Mark xiv. 36, Rom. viii. 15, Gal. iv. 6), in each instance accompanied by its translation, “Abba, Father,” as an invocation of the Deity, expressing close filial relation. Either through its liturgical use in the Judeo-Christian church or through its employment by the Syriac monks, it has passed into general ecclesiastical language in the modified form of abbat or abbot (which see).
    • n Abba See aba.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Abba ab′a father, a term retained in the Gr. text of the New Testament, together with its translation 'father,' hence Abba father, applied to God the Father: also a bishop in the Syriac and Coptic Churches.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Syriac abbā, father. See Abbot
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.—Gr.—Syriac and Chaldee, abbā—Heb. ab, father.

Usage

In literature:

In the reign of Abbas, who succeeded Mehemet Ali, the Egyptian troops were driven from Nejd, and the Wahhabi state recovered its independence.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 1" by Various
Even at Abba he was one of the Mahdi's most fanatical adherents.
"Ten Years' Captivity in the Mahdi's Camp 1882-1892" by F. R. Wingate
Hasan and Ibn Abbas opened, each for himself, negotiations with Moawiya.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 1" by Various
R. Roberts, B.A., of Trinity College, Cambridge, and Vicar of Milton Abbas.
"Joseph in the Snow, and The Clockmaker" by Berthold Auerbach
Finally, Shah Abbas I.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 6" by Various
After a highly successful journey, during which he had received the patronage of Shah Abbas II.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 7" by Various
Indirectly it is expressed in a subsequent entry announcing the birth of the fourth daughter, Abba May.
"Little Women Letters from the House of Alcott" by Louisa M. Alcott, et al.
Its most northern extremity, the summit of Abba Yared, is fifteen thousand feet high.
"The World and Its People: Book VII" by Anna B. Badlam
Of the independent Galla tribes lying immediately contiguous to Enarea, Goma, under Abba Rebo, is the principal.
"The Highlands of Ethiopia" by William Cornwallis Harris
How Abbas gained possession of it I neither know nor care.
"The Treasure of the Tigris" by A. F. Mockler Ferryman
His successor and grandson, Abbas I, built the first railway in Egypt.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
Thus on July 6 he was presented by Sir Gore Ouseley to the Governor, Prince Abbas Mirza.
"Henry Martyn Saint and Scholar" by George Smith
He was endowed with the faculty of seeing water through the ground, says l'AbbA(C) Sauri, who gives his history.
"Curious Myths of the Middle Ages" by Sabine Baring-Gould
THE STORY OF PRINCE AL ABBAS.
"The Thousand and One Days" by Julia Pardoe
EGYPT UNDER ABBAS PASHA.
"The International Monthly, Volume 4, No. 2, September, 1851" by Various
Some years before, Mr. Greatorex had discovered a taste for mechanics in the son of the village smith at Barton Abbas, twenty miles away.
"King of the Air" by Herbert Strang
Among these claimants was Mirza Husain Ali, a son of Mirza Abbas, surnamed Buzurk, and his concubine.
"Bahaism and Its Claims" by Samuel Graham Wilson
Professor Sergi speaks of the defeat of Abba-Garima as a proof of the decay of the Italian race; but this is a very unfair deduction.
"Critical Studies" by Ouida
It was at the mouth of the Abbas River.
"The Argus Pheasant" by John Charles Beecham
The youngest child, Abba May, who was born in the cottage, became the pet of the family and the special care of the oldest sister, Anna.
"Louisa May Alcott" by Louisa May Alcott
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In poetry:

We would no longer lie
Like slaves beneath the throne;
My faith shall Abba, Father, cry,
And thou the kindred own.
"Hymn 64" by Isaac Watts
I through Him am reconciled,
I through Him become Thy child.
Abba, Father, give me grace
In Thy courts to seek Thy face.
"To the Temple I Repair" by James Montgomery
The nocturnal darkness with a thousand
Binoculars is focused onto me.
Take away this cup, O Abba Father,
Everything is possible to Thee.
"Hamlet" by Boris Pasternak
I sleep, yet have a waking ear;
I'm blind and deaf, yet see and hear:
Dumb, yet cry, Abba, Father, plain,
Born only once, yet born again.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine

In news:

As a new work week began in Postville, Iowa, last November, Jeff Abbas, with his bushy gray beard and ample paunch, manned the mike at the town's lone radio station, KPVL.
Oh Goody , A Giant Blue and Yellow IKEA With all the fuss surrounding plans to build a stylish IKEA home furnishings store south of Denver, in Centennial, you'd think ABBA was planning a reunion for the opening.
M ountain View Baptist Church will host gospel musicians George and Kathleen Abbas from Denver on Saturday, Dec 1.
Imagine if Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced a 10-month partial freeze on incitement and antisemitism in the West Bank in a bid to restart stalled peace talks with Israel.
Israel's Netanyahu cool to Abbas's hint at waiving Palestinian 'right of return.
Helmer Abbas Kiarostami is prepping the working-titled " Horizontal Process," his third consecutive pic shot outside his native Iran.
Israel's Netanyahu slams Abbas speech as " hostile and poisonous".
The Swedish synth-pop duo Icona Pop sound like the female half of Abba kicking Fernando downstairs in a drunken rage – or maybe Ace of Base if the sign they saw was flashing blue lights.
In the West Bank city of Nablus on Thursday, Palestinians hold pictures of President Mahmoud Abbas and wave flags during a rally supporting the Palestinian bid in the United Nations for observer state status.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel's new offensive against the Gaza Strip has turned into a political bonanza for the territory's Hamas rulers, while sidelining Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, their Western-backed rival in the West Bank.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Israel's new offensive against the Gaza Strip has turned into a political bonanza for the territory's Hamas rulers, while sidelining Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, their Western-backed rival in the West Bank.
Israel will withhold tax revenues from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's administration until March at least in response to his statehood campaign at the United Nations, Israel 's foreign minister said.
), it has certainly been the most successful, as it has played to pack houses of ABBA fans from Las Vegas to Osaka.
Morsi's Iran entente, Cantor's kosher funding, and Lieberman's threat to Abbas.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrives at the United Nations Plaza Hotel, Tuesday, Nov 27, 2012, in New York.
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In science:

Observations were taken in an ABBA pattern in which the target star is nodded along the slit so that the spectral image falls alternately on different rows of the array.
H3+ in Diffuse Interstellar Clouds: a Tracer for the Cosmic-Ray Ionization Rate
Ob jects were nodded along the slit in an ABBA pattern with individual exposure times of 180 sec, and observed over airmass 1.1– 1.3.
Four Faint T Dwarfs from the UKIRT Infrared Deep Sky Survey (UKIDSS) Southern Stripe
The targets were nodded three arcsec along the slit in an ABBA pattern using individual exposure times of 240s.
Fifteen new T dwarfs discovered in the UKIDSS Large Area Survey
The targets were nodded 10 arcsec along the slit in an ABBA pattern, and calibrations were achieved using argon lamp observations (as with GNIRS), and F stars as telluric standards.
Fifteen new T dwarfs discovered in the UKIDSS Large Area Survey
The targets were nodded seven arcsec along the slit in an ABBA pattern.
Fifteen new T dwarfs discovered in the UKIDSS Large Area Survey
Mass-independent densities appear to be a good description of cluster-mass halos locally (Abbas & Sheth 2007; Johnston et al. 2008; Vikhlinin et al. 2008) and at higher redshifts (e.g., Meneux et al. 2008).
Evolution in the structural properties of early-type Brightest Cluster Galaxies at small lookback time and dependence on the environment
All observations were made up of a set of sub-exposures in an ABBA jitter pattern to facilitate effective background subtraction, with a slit width of 1 arcsec.
Forty seven new T dwarfs from the UKIDSS Large Area Survey
All spectra were obtained utilizing an ABBA telescope nodding sequence for the subtraction of sky emission and to suppress bad pixels.
Red Eyes on Wolf-Rayet Stars: 60 New Discoveries via Infrared Color Selection
Typical observations consisted of four spectra of both components, each with 900-1800 second integration times, taken in an ABBA dither pattern along the length of the slit.
Rotational Velocities of Individual Components in Very Low Mass Binaries
The observations were performed using an ABBA configuration in which we chopped by 10′′ to blank sky to achieve sky subtraction.
Integral Field Spectroscopy of 2.0
Abbas, ‘On standard model Higgs and superstring theories’ ”Particles, Strings and Cosmology PASCOS99”, Ed K Cheung, J F Gunion and S Mrenna, World Scientific, Singapore ( 2000) 123 11. A.
To quantize or not to quantize gravity ?
Abbas, Finite energy surfaces and the chord problem, Duke.
Pseudoholomorphic Strips in Symplectisations I: Asymptotic Behavior
Abbas, Pseudoholomorphic strips in Symplectisations II: Fredholm theory and Transversality, in preparation C.
Pseudoholomorphic Strips in Symplectisations I: Asymptotic Behavior
Abbas, Pseudoholomorphic strips in Symplectisations III: Embedding properties and Compactness, in preparation C.
Pseudoholomorphic Strips in Symplectisations I: Asymptotic Behavior
This paper has benefited from helpful comments by Abba Krieger, to whom we are grateful.
Strong approximations of level exceedences related to multiple hypothesis testing
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