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Abundance Definition

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[n] the property of a more than adequate quantity or supply; "an age of abundance"
[n] (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] (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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Antonyms

scarceness, scarcity

Misc. Definitions

\A*bun"dance\, n. [OE. (h)abundaunce, abundance, F. abondance, L. abundantia, fr. abundare. See {Abound}.] 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. --Raleigh. Syn: Exuberance; plenteousness; plenty; copiousness; overflow; riches; affluence; wealth. Usage: {Abundance}, {Plenty}, {Exuberance}. These words rise upon each other in expressing the idea of fullness. Plenty denotes a sufficiency to supply every want; as, plenty of food, plenty of money, etc. Abundance express more, and gives the idea of superfluity or excess; as, abundance of riches, an abundance of wit and humor; often, however, it only denotes plenty in a high degree. Exuberance rises still higher, and implies a bursting forth on every side, producing great superfluity or redundance; as, an exuberance of mirth, an exuberance of animal spirits, etc.

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