ALL meanings of abacus

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  • countable noun abacus An abacus is a frame used for counting. It has rods with sliding beads on them. 3
  • noun abacus a counting device that consists of a frame holding rods on which a specific number of beads are free to move. Each rod designates a given denomination, such as units, tens, hundreds, etc, in the decimal system, and each bead represents a digit or a specific number of digits 3
  • noun abacus the flat upper part of the capital of a column 3
  • noun abacus a frame with beads or balls that can be slid on wires or in slots, for doing or teaching arithmetic 3
  • noun abacus a slab forming the uppermost part of the capital of a column 3
  • noun plural abacus a device for making arithmetic calculations, consisting of a frame set with rods on which balls or beads are moved. 1
  • noun plural abacus Architecture. a slab forming the top of the capital of a column. 1
  • noun abacus An oblong frame with rows of wires or grooves along which beads are slid, used for calculating. 1
  • noun abacus instrument with beads used for counting 1
  • noun abacus 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. 0
  • noun abacus (architecture) The uppermost portion of the capital of a column, immediately under the architrave. 0
  • noun abacus A board, tray, or table, divided into perforated compartments, for holding cups, bottles, or the like; a kind of cupboard, buffet, or sideboard. 0
  • noun abacus (Obsolete (No longer in use)) A table or tray strewn with sand, anciently used for drawing, calculating, etc. 0
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