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a. A great or plentiful amount: an abundance of rain.
b. The condition of being in rich supply: bananas growing in abundance.
a. Degree of plentifulness: "Species of low abundance are ignored in the calculation of predominance" (William M. Lewis).
b. Chemistry The amount of an isotope of an element that exists in nature, usually expressed as a percentage of the total amount of all isotopes of the element.
3. Affluence; prosperity: living in abundance.
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(əˈbʌndəns) (əˈbʌndənsɪ) or


1. a copious supply; great amount
2. fullness or benevolence: from the abundance of my heart.
3. degree of plentifulness
4. (Chemistry) chem the extent to which an element or ion occurs in the earth's crust or some other specified environment: often expressed in parts per million or as a percentage
5. (General Physics) physics the ratio of the number of atoms of a specific isotope in a mixture of isotopes of an element to the total number of atoms present: often expressed as a percentage: the abundance of neon-22 in natural neon is 8.82 per cent.
6. (Card Games) Also called: abondance a call in solo whist undertaking to make nine tricks
7. affluence
[C14: via Old French from Latin abundantia, from abundāre to abound]
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(əˈbʌn dəns)

1. an extremely plentiful or oversufficient quantity or supply.
2. affluence; wealth.
3. overflowing fullness: abundance of the heart.
[1300–50; Middle English < Middle French < Latin]
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 a profusion, a great plenty, an overflowing quantity. See also exuberance.
Examples: of superfluous breath, 1593; of valuable information, 1824; of mercy; of worthless and fabulous scoundrels, 1687; an abundance of good things.
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  1. Abound like street vendors on a spring day —Anon
  2. Abound like blades of grass —George Sandys
  3. Abundant as the light of the sun —Thomas Carlyle
  4. Abundant as the salt in the sea —Anon
  5. Abundant as air —Anon

    Modern day life has added “Abundant as polluted air and water.”

  6. Abundant as June graduates in search of jobs —Anon
  7. Abundant as poverty —Anon
  8. Ample as the wants of man —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  9. As full as a fruit tree in spring blossom —Janet Flanner

    The simile refers to a letter filled with good news.

  10. As stuffed (with idle hopes and false illusions) as any Whitsun goose crammed with bread and spices —George Garrett
  11. As stuffed with ideas as a quilt is with batting —Anon
  12. Bountiful as April rains —William Cowper
  13. Bountiful as the showers that fall into the Spring’s green bosom —James Shirley
  14. Bulging like a coin purse fallen on the ground —W. D. Snodgrass
  15. [Dreams] came like locusts —Isaac Bashevis Singer
  16. (The big racket money) comes in like water from a pipe in your bathroom, a steady stream that never stops flowing —Raymond Chandler
  17. Ladled out fines like soup to breadline beggars —Bernard Malamud

    In Malamud’s novel, The Natural, the simile refers to fines issued by a baseball coach to rule-breaking players.

  18. Lush as a Flemish oil painting —Anon
  19. Numerous as a bank or trust company’s vice-presidents —New York Tribune, January 6, 1921

    With the lean-and-mean management style in vogue since the mid-eighties, this long enduring simile may well be headed for obsolescence.

  20. (Children appearing here and there … ) numerous as fireflies —Alice McDermott
  21. Overdo … like a host who stuffs his guests with too many hors d’oeuvres —Tom Shales, Public Radio, January 10, 1986

    The simile referred to the directorial touches used in a movie, The Color Purple.

  22. Plentiful as blackberries —William Shakespeare
  23. Plentiful as New Year’s Eve predictions and resolutions —Elyse Sommer
  24. Plentiful as oak leaves, as plentiful as the fireflies that covered the lawn at evening —Ellen Gilchrist
  25. Plentiful as tabby cats —W. S. Gilbert
  26. Stuffed like a Strasbourg goose —Anon

    Strasbourg geese are over-fed and under-exercised in order to obtain the largest possible liver for making pté. Being stuffed like a Strasbourg goose is linked to any kind of excess.

  27. They’re like plums on a tree —H. E. Bates

    Bates compared the abundance of plums on a tree to an abundance of admirers.

  28. Thick as autumnal leaves —John Milton
  29. Thick as fleas —American colloquialism, attributed to New England

    Some variations from the American South: “Thick as fleas on a fat pup,” or “Thick as flies on flypaper”.

  30. Thick as hail —William Shakespeare
  31. (You have fallen into ripeness) thick as honey —Marge Piercy
  32. Thick as Japanese beetles —Herman Wouk

    Wouk’s simile from Inside, Outside refers to the behavior of people working for the president of the United States.

  33. (Eyelashes) thick as June grass —Elizabeth Spencer
  34. Thick as summer stars —William Blake
  35. Thick as buttercups in June —Henry James
  36. Thick as … freckles —George Garrett

    In his novel, Death of the Fox, Garrett refers specifically to the freckles of Sir Francis Drake.

  37. Thick as the green leaves of a garden —Henry James
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hand over fist See PACE.

happy hunting ground See PARADISE.

land of milk and honey See PARADISE.

loaves and fishes See MONEY.

my cup runneth over Any state of abundance, profusion, or excess; a run of luck or good fortune. This phrase from the well-known Twenty-third psalm (“The Lord is my shepherd”) is now commonly used in a secular sense, though in a secular sense, though in its original context it referred to the plentitude of God’s goodness and spiritual gifts.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou hast anointed my head with oil;
My cup runneth over
Surely goodnees and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;
And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. (Psalms 23:5-6)

spring up like mushrooms To proliferate; to appear in great quantity all at once. Mushrooms, a type of fungus, grow rapidly and abundantly following the slightest rainfall.

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.abundance - the property of a more than adequate quantity or supplyabundance - the property of a more than adequate quantity or supply; "an age of abundance"
quantity - an adequate or large amount; "he had a quantity of ammunition"
bountifulness, bounty, amplitude - the property of copious abundance
plenitude, plenteousness, plentifulness, plentitude, plenty - a full supply; "there was plenty of food for everyone"
profuseness, profusion, richness, cornucopia - the property of being extremely abundant; "the profusion of detail"; "the idiomatic richness of English"
wealth - the quality of profuse abundance; "she has a wealth of talent"
lushness, luxuriance, voluptuousness - the property of being lush and abundant and a pleasure to the senses
overmuch, overmuchness, superabundance, overabundance - a quantity that is more than what is appropriate; "four-year-olds have an overabundance of energy"; "we received an inundation of email"
scarceness, scarcity - a small and inadequate amount
2.abundance - (physics) the ratio of the number of atoms of a specific isotope of an element to the total number of isotopes presentabundance - (physics) the ratio of the number of atoms of a specific isotope of an element to the total number of isotopes present
natural philosophy, physics - the science of matter and energy and their interactions; "his favorite subject was physics"
ratio - the relative magnitudes of two quantities (usually expressed as a quotient)
3.abundance - (chemistry) the ratio of the total mass of an element in the earth's crust to the total mass of the earth's crustabundance - (chemistry) the ratio of the total mass of an element in the earth's crust to the total mass of the earth's crust; expressed as a percentage or in parts per million
chemical science, chemistry - the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions
ratio - the relative magnitudes of two quantities (usually expressed as a quotient)
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2. wealth, money, funds, capital, cash, riches, resources, assets, fortune, possessions, prosperity, big money, wad (U.S. & Canad. slang), affluence, big bucks (informal, chiefly U.S.), opulence, top dollar (informal), megabucks (U.S. & Canad. slang), tidy sum (informal), lucre, wonga (slang), pretty penny (informal), pelf What customers want is a display of lushness and abundance.
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1. A great deal:
Informal: barrel, heap, lot, pack, peck, pile.
Regional: power, sight.
2. Prosperity and a sufficiency of life's necessities:
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[əˈbʌndəns] Nabundancia f
in abundanceen abundancia, en cantidad, en grandes cantidades
we have a great abundance of plumstenemos ciruelas en abundancia
we had an abundance of rainllovió copiosamente
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[əˈbʌndəns] nabondance f
an abundance of sth → une abondance de qch
in abundance → en abondance, à profusion
to have sth in abundance → avoir qch en abondance
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n(großer) Reichtum (→ of an +dat); (of hair, vegetation, details, illustrations, information, ideas, colours also, proof)Fülle f (→ of von, +gen); in abundancein Hülle und Fülle; to have an abundance of somethingetw im Überfluss haben; a country with an abundance of oil/raw materialsein Land mit reichen Ölvorkommen/großem Reichtum an Rohstoffen; with his abundance of energymit seiner ungeheuren Energie; such an abundance of open spaceso unermesslich viel freies Land
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[əˈbʌndəns] nabbondanza, gran quantità
in abundance → in abbondanza, in gran quantità
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(əˈbandəns) noun
a large amount. an abundance of food; There was food in abundance.
aˈbundant adjective
plentiful. abundant proof.
aˈbundantly adverb
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n. abundancia.
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