Definition of "abacus" [ab•a•cus]

  • (noun) A manual computing device consisting of a frame holding parallel rods strung with movable counters.
  • (noun) Architecture A slab on the top of the capital of a column.
  • (noun) 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
  • (noun) the flat upper part of the capital of a column

Use "abacus" in a sentence

  • "More specifically, Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway for its five big bills got an issue of perpetual preferred Goldman shares with a neat 10% annual dividend, which according to our abacus translates into $5 million a year."
  • "The columns of these pillared porches have sixteen flutings, a plain abacus, and no plinth."
  • "It now had fence slats and feed bags laid across, and held all types of useful things—shuttlecocks, disposable cameras, Play-Doh molds, and so on—things Joey found discarded, including a functional abacus, which is really quite rare."

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