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abatement the act of lessening or reducing, or the condition of being lessened or reduced. [2 definitions]
abatis an obstacle constructed by bending and sharpening the branches of trees or implanting sharpened limbs in a soil barricade, sometimes interlaced with barbed wire.
abattoir a place where animals are killed and cut up for food; slaughterhouse.
abbacy the authority, term of office, or rights of an abbot.
abbé a title of respect for any clergyman, esp. in France.
abbess the female superior of a convent of nuns.
abbey a monastery or convent, or the buildings that compose it.
abbot the male superior of a monastery.
abbr. abbreviation of "abbreviation" or "abbreviated."
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.