A·bun·dance n. An overflowing fullness; ample sufficiency; great plenty; profusion; copious supply; superfluity; wealth: -- strictly applicable to quantity only, but sometimes used of number.
It is lamentable to remember what abundance of noble blood hath been shed with small benefit to the Christian state. --Raleigh.
Syn: -- Exuberance; plenteousness; plenty; copiousness; overflow; riches; affluence; wealth.
Usage: -- Abundance, Plenty, Exuberance. These words rise upon each other in expressing the idea of fullness. Plenty denotes a sufficiency to supply every want; as, plenty of food, plenty of money, etc. Abundance express more, and gives the idea of superfluity or excess; as, abundance of riches, an abundance of wit and humor; often, however, it only denotes plenty in a high degree. Exuberance rises still higher, and implies a bursting forth on every side, producing great superfluity or redundance; as, an exuberance of mirth, an exuberance of animal spirits, etc.
n 1: the property of a more than adequate quantity or supply; "an
age of abundance" [syn: copiousness, teemingness]
2: (physics) the ratio of the number of atoms of a specific
isotope of an element to the total number of isotopes
3: (chemistry) the ratio of the total mass of an element in the
earth's crust to the total mass of the earth's crust;
expressed as a percentage or in parts per million