1) abacus, in mathematics. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001 ...abacus, in mathematics, (ab´ks, bak´-) (KEY) , in mathematics, simple device for performing arithmetic calculations. The type of abacus now best known is represented... 2) abacus. The American HeritageŽ Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth
Edition. 2000. ...with its connotations of disuse and age, might seem an appropriate word to describe the abacus, since this counting device was used for solving arithmetical problems... 3) abacus, in architecture. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001 ...abacus, in architecture, (ab´ks) (KEY) , in architecture, flat slab forming the top member of a capital. In classical orders it varies from a square form having unmolded... 4) abaci. The American HeritageŽ Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth
Edition. 2000. ...A plural of abacus.... 5) 5286. Peter S Prescott. Simpson s Contemporary Quotations. 1988 ...Sociologists [are] academic accountants who think that truth can be shaken from an abacus. ATTRIBUTION: Newsweek 14 Apr 72... 6) 7721. Bolter, J. David. The Columbia World of Quotations. 1996 ...is determined and the machine set to work, the electrons fly until an answer is produced. An abacus can produce an answer mechanically by means of a person who unthinkingly... 7) echinus. The American HeritageŽ Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth
Edition. 2000. ...(-n)1. A sea urchin of the genus Echinus. 2. Architecture A convex molding just below the abacus of a Doric capital. Latin echnus, sea urchin, from Greek ekhnos,... 8) calculator. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001 ...and Electromechanical CalculatorsEarly devices used to aid in calculation include the abacus (still common in E Asia) and the counting rods, or "bones," of the Scottish... 9) Calculate. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898 ...Syria; counting these pebbles was "calculating" the number of voters. (See page 2, col. 1, ABACUS.) 1 I calculate. A peculiarity of expression common in the western... 10) entablature. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001 ...height. The entablature's component members are the architrave, which rests directly upon the abacus, or top member of the column cap; the frieze; and the cornice,... |