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Definition of Abacus

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frame holding bars strung with beads which are used to make mathematical calculations; uppermost part of a column (Architecture)
Abacus Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
JM Latin-English Dictionary
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counting-board; side-board; slab table; panel; square stone on top of column
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(n.)
The uppermost member or division of the capital of a column, immediately under the architrave. See Column.
  
(n.)
A tablet, panel, or compartment in ornamented or mosaic work.
  
(n.)
A table or tray strewn with sand, anciently used for drawing, calculating, etc.
  
(n.)
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. It is still employed in China.
  
(n.)
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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abacus
\ab"a*cus\ (ăb"&adot;*kŭs), n.; e. pl. abacuses; l. pl. abaci (-sī). [l. abacus, abax, gr. 'a`bax]
1. a table or tray strewn with sand, anciently used for drawing, calculating, etc. [obs.]
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. it is still employed in china.
3. (arch.) (a) the uppermost member or division of the capital of a column, immediately under the architrave. see column. (b) a tablet, panel, or compartment in ornamented or mosaic work.
4. a board, tray, or table, divided into perforated compartments, for holding cups, bottles, or the like; a kind of cupboard, buffet, or sideboard.
abacus
harmonicus (mus.), an ancient diagram showing the structure and disposition of the keys of an instrument. rabb.


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WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. a tablet placed horizontally on top of the capital of a column as an aid in supporting the architrave
(hypernym) tablet
2. a calculator that performs arithmetic functions by manually sliding counters on rods or in grooves
(hypernym) calculator, calculating machine
Abacus Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
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The abacus (plural abaci or abacuses), 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.

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Abacus (Latin) [from Greek abax slab from Hebrew 'abaq dust] Anciently a sand-strewn board or table used for writing, geometrical figures, etc.; a counting-board on which sums were worked with counters on the board or beads in vertical grooves; and also a calculating device consisting of balls strung on wires set in a frame.
In archaeology, abacus is the upper plinth of a capital of a column, supporting the architrave; also, the mystic staff carried by the Grand Master of the Templars.