Meaning of “abacus” in the English Dictionary

"abacus" in English

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abacusnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈæb.ə.kəs/ us /ˈæb.ə.kəs/

abacus noun [ C ] (IN BUILDING)

specialized architecture a flat slab (= piece of stone, etc.) at the top of a column

Examples from literature

  • This all seems to point to the art of dispensing with the use of the abacus or counting table. 

(Definition of “abacus” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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abacusnoun [ C ]

us /ˈæb·ə·kəs, əˈbæk·əs/

a frame that holds thin metal rods with balls that slide on them, used for counting, adding, and subtracting

(Definition of “abacus” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)