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The Definition of - abacuses (noun)

    noun, plural abacuses, abaci
    [ab-uh-sahy, -kahy, uh-bak-ahy] /ˈæb əˌsaɪ, -ˌkaɪ, əˈbæk aɪ/ (Show IPA)
    a device for making arithmetic calculations, consisting of a frame set with rods on which balls or beads are moved.
    Architecture. a slab forming the top of the capital of a column.

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Word Origin & History of - abacuses

    Word Origin & History

    abacus late 14c., "sand table for drawing, calculating, etc.," from L. abacus, from Gk. abax (gen. abakos) "counting table," from Heb. abaq "dust," from root a-b-q "to fly off." Originally a drawing board covered with dust or sand that could be written on to do mathematical equations. Specific reference to a counting frame is 17c. or later.