Definition of abundance in English:

abundance

Syllabification: a·bun·dance
Pronunciation: /əˈbəndəns
 
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noun

  • 1A very large quantity of something: the tropical island boasts an abundance of wildlife
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    • Cunningham believes Scotland's hottest prospects will appear in the renewable energy sector because the country has an abundance of wind and wave resources.
    • Record shop shelves all over the land are suddenly flooded with an abundance of Best Of Compilations and Singles Collections.
    • He won the WBC super-featherweight title in 1998, and with an abundance of natural talent was reckoned a far better fighter than Hamed.
  • 1.1The quantity or amount of something, e.g., a chemical element or an animal or plant species, present in a particular area, volume, sample, etc.: estimates of abundance of harp seals the relative abundances of carbon and nitrogen
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    • We also know their half-lives and can thus determine their relative abundances at the present day, assuming that the isotopes have not been depleted in some way.
    • The chemical compositions of those rocks, the relative abundances of the oxygen isotopes locked up in their molecules, their mineralogy, and their textures all betrayed their lunar heritage.
    • Hintze gave qualitative estimates of relative species abundances at particular sampling horizons, but did not list total sample sizes.
  • 1.2(In solo whist) a bid by which a player undertakes to make nine or more tricks.
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    • The bid of abundance in trumps is only used to overcall another player's bid of abundance.
  • 1.3The state or condition of having a copious quantity of something; plentifulness: vines and figs grew in abundance
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    • Like Yosemite it has nature in abundance with mountains, rivers, waterfalls and wildlife plus a crashing ocean close by.
    • There was help in abundance with Mayo Mountain Rescue being joined by a number of teams from around the country.
    • Well, in the mountains of Nagano there are two things in abundance: ski slopes and onsens (or baths fuelled by hot springs).
    Synonyms
    profusion, plentifulness, profuseness, copiousness, amplitude, lavishness, bountifulness, bounty; host, cornucopia, riot; plenty, quantities, scores, multitude
    informal millions, sea, ocean(s), wealth, lot(s), heap(s), mass(es), stack(s), pile(s), load(s), buttload(s), bags, mountain(s), ton(s), slew, scads, oodles, gobs
    vulgar slang assload(s)
    formal plenitude
  • 1.4Plentifulness of the good things of life; prosperity: the growth of industry promised wealth and abundance
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    • Lighting a lamp in a house is believed to bring prosperity, plenty and abundance to the family.
    • Regardless of whether the scene is set in the seventeenth, eighteenth, or early nineteenth century prosperity and abundance are constants in these images.
    • Unlike their parents, who lived through the hardships of the Depression, these baby boomers have known only abundance, prosperity and upward mobility.

Origin

Middle English: from Latin abundantia, from abundant- 'overflowing', from the verb abundare (see abound).

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