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ab- 1

pref.
Away from: aboral.

[Latin; see apo- in Indo-European roots.]

ab- 2

pref.
Used to indicate an electromagnetic unit in the centimeter-gram-second system: abcoulomb.

[From absolute.]

ab-

prefix
away from; off; outside of; opposite to: abnormal; abaxial; aboral.
[from Latin ab away from]

ab-

prefix
(Units) denoting a cgs unit of measurement in the electromagnetic system: abvolt.
[abstracted from absolute]

Ab

(ɑb, ɑv)

n.
Av.

AB

1. airborne.
2. Airman Basic.
3. Alberta.

AB


Symbol.
a major blood group. Compare ABO system.

ab-

a prefix occurring in verbs or verbal derivatives borrowed from Latin, where it meant “off, away”: abhor; abjure; abrade. Compare a- 4, abs-.
[< Latin, prefixal use of ab from, away; see of1]

ab.

about.

A.B.

1. able-bodied seaman.
2. Bachelor of Arts.
[< New Latin, Medieval Latin Artium Baccalaureus]
References in classic literature ?
With a strange ab- sorbed light in his eyes he pounced upon Ed Thomas, he who knew Pop Geers and whose opin- ion of Tony Tip's chances was worth considering.
He stopped, gazed ab- sently toward our dusky mass a minute, evidently thinking about something else; then set down his light, moved musingly toward the door, and before a body could imagine what he was going to do, he was out of the door and had closed it behind him.
Ned was engaged in putting the financial affairs of the Swift Company in shape, so they would practically run themselves during his ab- sence.