## Look up: abacus

1. Abacus
Flat portion on top of a capital.
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2. abacus
This was a wooden frame with beads on it. It was used to help children with counting sums.
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3. abacus
[n] - a tablet placed horizontally on top of the capital of a column as an aid in supporting the architrave 2. [n] - a calculator that performs arithmetic functions by manually sliding counters on rods or in grooves
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4. Abacus
flat portion on top of a capital
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5. Abacus
Counting using coloured balls on a wire frame. Early calculator. Click here to see image of an Abacus

6. Abacus
The top part of a capital, not to be confused with an impost. Both of these terms have their roots in classical architecture. In a classical context the abacus is the upper part of a capital that the entablature rests on, while the impost is a heavy stone supporting an arch. Transferring the terms t...
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7. Abacus
the flat slab which sits on top of a capital. See Classical Architecture.
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8. Abacus
In architecture, a flat slab that sits on top of a capital and beneath the architrave. It is also called an impost block. Also see: capital, column, cornice, Corinthian, Doric, entablature, frieze, Ionic, shaft, stylobate.
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9. abacus
See COLUMN.
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10. Abacus
Ab'a·cus (ăb'ȧ*kŭs) noun ; English plural Abacuses ; Latin plural Abaci (-sī). [ Latin abacus , abax , Greek 'a`bax ] 1. A table or tray strewn with sand, anciently used ...
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11. abacus
1. A table or tray strewn with sand, anciently used for drawing, calculating, etc. ... 2. A calculating table or frame; an instrument for performing arithmetical calculations by balls sliding on wires, or counters in grooves, the lowest line representing units, the second line, tens, etc. It is stil...
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12. abacus
noun a calculator that performs arithmetic functions by manually sliding counters on rods or in grooves
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1. Abacus
• (n.) A table or tray strewn with sand, anciently used for drawing, calculating, etc. • (n.) A calculating table or frame; an instrument for performing arithmetical calculations by balls sliding on wires, or counters in grooves, the lowest line representing units, the second line, tens, e...
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2. abacus
(from the article `capital`) Two simple forms of the capital are a square wooden block called an abacus, placed on the top of a post, and an oblong block called a billet, set ... ...of the shaft but which is set off from it visually by one or more narrow grooves; the echinus, a circular block that b...
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3. abacus
calculating device, probably of Babylonian origin, that was long important in commerce. It is the ancestor of the modern calculating machine and ... [4 related articles]
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4. abacus
abacus (s); abaci (pl) 1. A manual computing device consisting of a frame holding parallel rods strung with movable counters. 2. In architecture, a slab on the top of the capital of a column.
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5. Abacus
An abacus is a counting frame with balls sliding on wires. It was first used before the adoption of the ten digit numeric system and is still widely used in China.
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6. Abacus
In architecture the term abacus is refers to the flat square slab of masonry that forms the uppermost member or division of the capital of a column, immediately under the architrave. it is a very essential feature in the Grecian and Roman orders. In the Grecian Doric the abacus has simply the form o...
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7. Abacus
[architecture] In architecture, an abacus (from the Greek abax, slab; or French abaque, tailloir; plural abacuses or abaci) is a flat slab forming the uppermost member or division of the capital of a column, above the bell. Its chief function is to provide a large supporting surface (wider t...
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8. Abacus
The abacus, also called a counting frame, is a calculating tool used primarily in parts of Asia for performing arithmetic processes. Today, abaci are often constructed as a bamboo frame with beads sliding on wires, but originally they were beans or stones moved in grooves in sand or on tablets of w...
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9. Abacus
The topmost member of the capital of a column.
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10. abacus
Chinese abacus A counting frame that started out, several thousand years ago, as rows of pebbles in the desert sands of the Middle East. The word appears to come from the Hebrew âbâq ('dust') or the Phoenician abak ('sand') via the Greek abax, which refers to a small tray covered with sand to h......
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11. abacus
abacus (ăb'ukus, ubăk'–) , in mathematics, simple device for performing arithmetic calculations. The type of abacus now best known is represented by a frame with sliding counters. An elementary abacus might have ten parallel wires strung between two boards on a frame, with ...

12. abacus
abacus (ăb'ukus) , in architecture, flat slab forming the top member of a capital. In classical orders it varies from a square form having unmolded sides in the Greek Doric, to thinner proportions and ovolo molding in the Greek Ionic, and to sides incurving and corners cut in Roman Ionic a...

13. abacus
Ancient calculating device made up of a frame of parallel wires on which beads are strung. The method of calculating with a handful of stones on a `flat surface` (Latin abacus) was familiar to the Greeks and Romans, and used by earlier peoples, possibly even in ancient Babylon; it survives in...
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