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Definition of Abacuses

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frame holding bars strung with beads which are used to make mathematical calculations; uppermost part of a column (Architecture)
Abacuses Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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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.]..
see also abacus

WordNet 2.0

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
Abacuses 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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