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Definition of the noun abacus

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noun - plural: abacuses / abaci (less preferred form)

  1. a tablet placed horizontally on top of the capital of a column as an aid in supporting the architrave
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: tablet = a slab of stone or wood suitable for bearing an inscription
  2. a calculator that performs arithmetic functions by manually sliding counters on rods or in grooves

Alternative definition of the noun abacus


  1. [obsolete] A table or tray strewn with sand, anciently used for drawing, calculating, etc.
  2. A calculating table or frame; an instrument for performing arithmetical calculations by balls sliding on wires, or counters in grooves, the lowest line representing units, the second line, tens, etc.
  3. [architecture] The uppermost member or division of the capital of a column, immediately under the architrave.
  4. [archaic] A tablet, panel, or compartment in ornamented or mosaic work.
  5. A board, tray, or table, divided into perforated compartments, for holding cups, bottles, or the like; a kind of cupboard, buffet, or sideboard.


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    • released in (44 years ago)
  2. "Abacus" is a composition.
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"Abacus" is a 2010 film written by Paul Abacus and Lars Jan, and directed by Lars Jan.


Abacus is a publisher.


  1. The abacus, also called a counting frame, is a calculating tool that was in use centuries before the adoption of the written modern numeral system and is still widely used by merchants, traders and clerks in Asia, Africa, and elsewhere. Today, abaci are often constructed as a bamboo frame with beads sliding on wires, but originally they were beans or stones moved in grooves in sand or on tablets of wood, stone, or metal. The user of an abacus is called an abacist.
    • also known as counting frame
  2. Abacus: Abacus: A Journal of Accounting, Finance and Business Studies is a peer-reviewed quarterly academic journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the Accounting Foundation. It was established in 1965 and the editor-in-chief is Stewart Jones.
  3. Abacus a.k.a. Global Distribution System: A Global Distribution System is a network operated by a company that enables automated transactions between third parties and booking agents in order to provide travel-related services to the end consumers. A GDS can link services, rates and bookings consolidating products and services across all three travel sectors: i.e., airline reservations, hotel reservations, car rentals, and activities.
  4. Abacus is a canonical version, musical recording.
  5. Abacus is an educational institution.

Phrases with Abacus

  1. Abacus Harmonicus
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  3. Monoculodes Abacus
  4. Onthophagus Abacus
  5. Stenotabanus abacus
  6. Species Melitaea Abacus
  7. Species Monoculodes Abacus
  8. Species Onthophagus Abacus
  9. species Stenotabanus abacus

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Google previewArithmetic Made Simple (1988)

by Abraham Paul Sperling, Robert R. Belge, Samuel D. Levison

The abacus is a hand-operated calculating machine in which numbers are represented by beads on wires.

Google previewInstruments of Science (1998)

An Historical Encyclopedia by Robert Bud, Deborah Jean Warner

Abaeus (Westernl An abacus is an instrument for calculation.

Google previewNew Abacus 4 (2000)

Assessment Book by Ruth Merttens, David Kirkby

New Abacus is the mathematics programme with active ' 5. Name.

Google previewNew Abacus 4: Teacher Cards (2000)

by Ruth Merttens, David Kirkby

New Abacus is the mathematics programme with active teaching at its heart. It is conceived and designed around the principle of interactive whole class or large group teaching. New Abacus offers: • an excellent match to the philosophy and ...

Google previewThe Preservationist's Guide to Technological Change and the American Home, 1600-1900 (2000)

by Lee Perry

Abacus means the same thing, but is opposed in application to Plinth, q.v.HRA 1853... The plate or shallow block forming the uppermost member of a capital is so called for the sake of distinction, for when a similar one is placed beneath the ...

Google previewMath Problem-Solving Activities for Money (2014)

by Sylvia J. Connolly

Write your decision here: Counting the Old-Fashioned Way The Chinese abacus is a forerunner. © Teacher Created Materials, Inc. 73 #40994 Math Problem-Solving Brain Teasers. Brain.

Google previewEncyclopedia Of Information Technology (2007)

by Atlantic

An abacus is a calculation tool, often constructed as a wooden frame with beads sliding on wires. It was in use centuries before the adoption of the written Arabic numerals system and is still widely used by merchants and clerks in China and ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (2006)

by James Stevens Curl

The *Greek *Doric abacus is the simplest, consisting of a square unmoulded block, called plinthus, but abaci vary according to the *Order used. 2. Flat slab supported on a *podium or legs, used as a sideboard or for the display of plate, etc., ...

Google previewAutomation and Networking of Libraries (2008)

by Lakshmikant Mishra, Vishnu Srivastava

An abacus is a clay board with a number of grooves in this pebbles are placed. These pebbles can be moved from side to side for the purpose of counting. Later on the material use changed, but the basic principle has remained the same.

Google previewComputational Combinatorial Optimization (2001)

Optimal or Provably Near-Optimal Solutions by Michael Jünger, Denis Naddef

Since ABACUS is a framework for the implementation of linear programming based branch-and-bound algorithms, it is obvious that the solution of linear programs plays a central role, and we require a class concept for the representation of ...

Google previewKeywords for American Cultural Studies, Second Edition (2014)

by Bruce Burgett, Glenn Hendler

For instance, the abacus is a simple digital calculator dating from 300 BC, while Morse code and Braille represent more recent digital practices. What each of these examples has in common—from fingers to digital computers—is a particular ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of American Indian Contributions to the World (2009)

15,000 Years of Inventions and Innovations by Emory Dean Keoke, Kay Marie Porterfield

abacus (A. D. 900–1000) Mesoamerican cultures An abacus is a portable calculating device using a frame with rods that are strung with beads. Aztec and Maya who lived in Mesoamerica performed mathematical calculations using an abacus ...

Google previewHistorical Encyclopedia of Natural and Mathematical Sciences (2009)

by Ari Ben-Menahem

The abacus is one of the hallmarks of early civilization. Since it was in use in so many widely disparate cultures, it is believed to have been invented independently in several centers. It was to be found throughout the Mediterranean world in ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of China (2013)

History and Culture by Dorothy Perkins

ABACUS (suan ban or suan pan) A device for making arithmetic calculations, based on the decimal system; still commonly used in Asian countries. The word “ abacus” comes from the ancient Semitic language group. The abacus was in ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia Britannica, Or Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General Literature (1842)

Roman Abacus. Abacus. 1 K<p xatapu ueiv al Yjipo;, xai prfav mgifi. ( Demosthenes pro Corona.) 1 u Because mony persons conveenis...

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