Meaning of ABACUS in English


n. (pl. abacuses) 1 an oblong frame with rows of wires or grooves along which beads are slid, used for calculating. 2 Archit. the flat slab on top of a capital, supporting the architrave.

[ L f. Gk abax abakos slab, drawing-board, f. Heb. ' abak dust ]

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