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abbreviate to reduce in length or duration. [2 definitions]
abbreviation a shortened form of a word or phrase used in writing. [2 definitions]
ABC abbreviation of "American Broadcasting Company."
ABC's the alphabet. [2 definitions]
ABC soil a soil made up of three distinct layers, the A or top layer being humus and organic matter, the B layer being clay and oxidized material, and the C layer being loose rock and mineral materials.
abdicate to formally relinquish a position of power, a claim, or a right. [3 definitions]
abdomen in vertebrates, the part of the body between the chest and the pelvis, where most of the digestive organs are located. [2 definitions]
abduct to carry off or lead away, esp. by force; kidnap. [2 definitions]
abduction the act of kidnapping. [2 definitions]
Abdur Rahman Khan Emir of Afghanistan from 1880 to 1901 (b.1844?--d.1901).
abeam at right angles to a line passing from the front to the back of a ship.
abed in bed; confined to bed.
Abel according to the Old Testament, the second son of Adam and Eve, who was murdered by his brother Cain.
Aberdeen Angus any of various hornless beef cattle originating in Scotland and having a smooth black coat.
aberrant straying from what is normal or usual; atypical; anomalous. [2 definitions]
aberration a deviation from what is considered normal or right; irregularity. [3 definitions]
Abe Saperstein U.S. creator, owner, and promoter of the renowned basketball team the Harlem Globetrotters; born in London, England (b.1902--d.1966).
abet to incite, encourage, or aid, esp. in wrongdoing.
abeyance temporary suspension or cessation. [2 definitions]
abhor to regard with intense loathing or horror; detest.
abhorrence a feeling of complete loathing, repulsion, or horror.