AB

AB, type AB, group AB

(noun) the blood group whose red cells carry both the A and B antigens

abdominal, abdominal muscle, ab

(noun) the muscles of the abdomen

Ab, Av

(noun) the eleventh month of the civil year; the fifth month of the ecclesiastical year in the Jewish calendar (in July and August)

Source: WordNet® 3.1


Etymology 1

Noun

ab (plural abs)

(informal) abdominal muscle. [Mid 20th century.]

Usage notes

Most often used attributively. Substantive use is more common in the plural form abs.

Etymology 2

Noun

ab (plural abs)

(slang) An abscess caused by injecting an illegal drug, usually heroin.

Etymology 3

Abbreviations.

Verb

ab (third-person singular simple present abs, present participle abbing, simple past and past participle abbed)

(climbing, informal) To abseil.

Abbreviation of abort.

Noun

ab

Abbreviation of abortion.

Preposition

ab

Abbreviation of about.

Adverb

ab

Abbreviation of about.

Etymology 4

From the spelling books and the fact that it was the first of the letter combinations.

Noun

ab (plural abs)

(US) The early stages of; the beginning process; the start.

Anagrams

• -ba-, B. A., B.A., BA, Ba, ba, ba'

Etymology 1

Noun

Ab (plural Abs)

(immunology) Antibody.

Etymology 2

Proper noun

Ab (plural Abs)

(Judaism) Av. [First attested in the late 18thcentury.]

Etymology 3

Proper noun

Ab

A diminutive of the male given name Abner from Hebrew, occasionally used as a formal given name.

Etymology 4

Noun

Ab (plural Abs)

(dated) In Egyptian belief, the heart and will and conscience of a person, especially that of the recently deceased which proceeds to the afterlife and is weighed as evidence during his or her judgement.

(dated) An Ancient Egyptian amulet in the shape of a heart (ib).

Etymology 5

Abbreviation.

Noun

Ab (uncountable)

(title) Abbreviation of abbot (“Abbot”).

Anagrams

• -ba-, B. A., B.A., BA, Ba, ba, ba'

Proper noun

AB

Abbreviation of Alberta, a province of Canada.

Coordinate terms: BC, MB, NB, NL, NS, NT, NU, ON, PE, QC, SK, YT

Noun

AB (countable and uncountable, plural ABs)

Able seaman; able-bodied seaman.

Afterburner.

Aid to the blind.

Airbase.

Airborne.

Antiballistic.

(medical) Antibody.

Artium baccalaureus.

(baseball) At bat.

Artificial breeding.

A blood type of the ABO system that has both blood antigens and may receive all blood types, and donate to AB.

(countable) A person with this blood type.

Anagrams

• -ba-, B. A., B.A., BA, Ba, ba, ba'

Source: Wiktionary



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