abacus n abaco
NounModificarAbacus (plural abacuses or abaci) (considered pedantic)
- (obsolete) A table or tray strewn with sand, anciently used for drawing, calculating, etc.
- 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.
- I've heard merchants still use an abacus for adding things up in China.
- (architecture) The uppermost member or division of the capital of a column, immediately under the architrave.
- (archaic) A tablet, panel, or compartment in ornamented or mosaic work.
- A board, tray, or table, divided into perforated compartments, for holding cups, bottles, or the like; a kind of cupboard, buffet, or sideboard.
obsolete: tray of sand for calculating
uppermost member of the capital of a column
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Professor Kidd, et al. Collins Gem Latin Dictionary. HarperCollins Publishers (Glasgow: 2004). ISBN 0-00-470763-X. page 1.
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