abundance

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n abundance the property of a more than adequate quantity or supply "an age of abundance"
    • n abundance (chemistry) the ratio of the total mass of an element in the earth's crust to the total mass of the earth's crust; expressed as a percentage or in parts per million
    • n abundance (physics) the ratio of the number of atoms of a specific isotope of an element to the total number of isotopes present
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Armadillos breed in July, but get pregnant in November after delaying implantation. This allows the young to be born during the spring when there is an abundance of food
    • n Abundance An overflowing fullness; ample sufficiency; great plenty; profusion; copious supply; superfluity; wealth: -- strictly applicable to quantity only, but sometimes used of number. "It is lamentable to remember what abundance of noble blood hath been shed with small benefit to the Christian state."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The most abundant metal in the Earth's crust is aluminum.
    • n abundance A copious supply or quantity; overflowing plenteousness; unrestricted sufficiency: strictly applicable to quantity only, but sometimes used of number: as, an abundance of corn, or of people; to have money in great abundance.
    • n abundance Overflowing fullness or affluence; repletion; amplitude of means or resources.
    • n abundance Synonyms Exuberance, Profusion, etc. (see plenty); plenteousness, plentifulness, plenitude, sufficiency, copiousness, ampleness, luxuriance, supply. See affluence.
    • n abundance In card-playing, same as abondance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Las Vegas means "the meadows" in Spanish. Ironically, the city in the desert was once abundant in water and vegetation.
    • n Abundance ab-und′ans ample sufficiency: great plenty
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Quotations

  • Wayne Dyer
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    “Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into.”
  • John Milton
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    “Good, the more communicated, more abundant grows.”
  • Mohammed
    Mohammed
    “Riches are not from abundance of worldly goods, but from a contented mind.”
  • St. Basil
    St. Basil
    “Many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head, and knows that it brings abundance to drive away hunger.”
  • Peter Ustinov
    Peter Ustinov
    “Unfortunately, the balance of nature decrees that a super-abundance of dreams is paid for by a growing potential for nightmares.”
  • John F. Kennedy
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    “Economic growth without social progress lets the great majority of people remain in poverty, while a privileged few reap the benefits of rising abundance.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. h)abundaunce, abundance, F. abondance, L. abundantia, fr. abundare,. See Abound
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
See Abound.

Usage

In literature:

Though gold is found here, it is not so abundant as in other sections of the country.
"Foot-prints of Travel" by Maturin M. Ballou
Hops, flax, and hemp are abundant.
"Travels in North America, From Modern Writers" by William Bingley
It is a very abundant plant in the woods of Columbiana county, this state.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
The climate was delightful, the soil fertile, the means of living abundant.
"Ferdinand De Soto, The Discoverer of the Mississippi" by John S. C. Abbott
Religious books there are in abundance, thanks to the zeal of the Protestant clergy.
"Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland" by Daniel Turner Holmes
It is abundant along the coasts of western Europe, entering the Baltic and the Mediterranean.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
Still others lack the woolly coating in its finest abundance, and the browsing animals eat these.
"The Meaning of Evolution" by Samuel Christian Schmucker
But the evidence was abundant that the region had formerly been quite populous with a people very poor and uncultivated.
"King Philip" by John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
Spores abundant, globose, umber or olivaceous.
"The Myxomycetes of the Miami Valley, Ohio" by A. P. Morgan
Fruit abundantly formed, with several (2 to 12) seeds to the cone.
"Trees of the Northern United States" by Austin C. Apgar
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In poetry:

God help our native land,
Bring surcease to her strife,
And shower from thy hand
A more abundant life.
"God Bless Our Native Land" by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
Rivers of love and mercy here
In a rich ocean join;
Salvation in abundance flows,
Like floods of milk and wine.
"Hymn 7" by Isaac Watts
Rivers of love and mercy here,
In a rich ocean join.
Salvation in abundance flows
Like floods of milk and wine.
"Hymn 2" by Noah Calwell W Cannon
He takes the men of meanest name
For sons and heirs of God;
And thus he pours abundant shame
On honorable blood.
"Hymn 96" by Isaac Watts
His blood abundant value bore,
To make his purchase broad,
'Twas fair divinity in gore,
Thy Husband is thy God.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
Spring am I, too soft of heart
Much to speak ere I depart:
Ask the Summer-tide to prove
The abundance of my love.
"Spring" by William Morris

In news:

Service starts 11 am Saturday, Sept 29, 2012, at Abundant Life Community Church, reception to follow at church and wake from 2 to 4 pm at Uncle Sonny's, 13451 Colfax Highway.
Heavy mountain runn off filling the Chowchilla water ways to abundance.
Delightfully yellow and fragrant, scoparia 'Ilumina Lemon Mist Improved' produces an abundance of dainty, star-shaped blooms throughout the season from April through November.
Scotch broom , a noxious weed, grows in abundance in Kitsap County.
In the coming weeks, the Chicago Fire should be announcing an abundance of player options that they are picking up heading into 2012.
While the summer cornucopia of fish continues to spill forth with an abundance found nowhere else on the coast, anglers have been heard to moan about how hard it's been to find small porgies to use for bass bait.
Edible Finger Lakes highlights the culinary abundance of the region.
Usually we think of testosterone as a hormone that men have — in abundance.
A talented African-American saxophonist moves from Boston to Harlem to study with the jazz master he idolizes in Mansbach's first novel, a passionate debut that succeeds despite an abundance of plot clichés.
Cobia are rarely encountered in northern waters, but with high water temperatures and an abundance of rays, anglers should be on the lookout for them.
With the abundance of fresh strawberries this spring, I could not resist the temptation to develop a recipe around this versatile first fruit of the season for Mother's Day.
This latest wireless system from Shure comes packed with an abundance of features that I find very helpful on tour.
Sitka 's Abundant Waters.
I am not sure why this event has become annual, but assume it has something with an abundance of Skeet and some kind of innate need to shoot them.
Sleight of hand, abundant of secrets.
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In science:

Thus, spirals are a factor of 2 more abundant at z ∼ 0.5 than in the nearby universe and S0 galaxies are proportionally less abundant, while the fraction of ellipticals is already as large or larger at higher redshift.
Galactic Morphologies in Distant Clusters
The Mg abundances of giant ellipticals are enhanced with respect to Fe abundances, as compared to the solar ratios (e.g., Worthey, Faber, & Gonzalez 1992).
A Synthesis of Data from Fundamental Plane and Surface Brightness Fluctuation Surveys
In fact, comparison to solar-abundance ratio stellar population models indicates that (V −I )0 is slightly ‘depressed’ at a given total metalicity, and therefore appears to follow the Fe-peak abundances more than the α-elements abundances.
A Synthesis of Data from Fundamental Plane and Surface Brightness Fluctuation Surveys
Their potential for abundance analyses is illustrated by discussing the derived oxygen abundances in the Sun and in metal-poor stars, where they seem to resolve long-standing problems as well as significantly alter the inferred conclusions.
Stellar abundance analyses in the light of 3D hydrodynamical model atmospheres
To illustrate the possible impact of the new generation of 3D model atmospheres on abundance analyses, I will describe the situation for the most abundant cosmic metal, oxygen, in two important types of stars: the Sun and metal-poor halo stars.
Stellar abundance analyses in the light of 3D hydrodynamical model atmospheres
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