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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