(Latin > French: flow, wave, billow)
2. To be present in or to contain something in large numbers or amounts.
3. To be rich or well supplied: The area where David lives is abounding in trees.
2. A lifestyle with more than adequate material provisions: Barry's family has abundances of different homes around the world as well as all of the luxuries that can be obtained for them.
3. A fullness of spirit that overflows: The sermon by the preacher was filled with an abundance of goodwill and kindness.
4. The extent to which an element is present in the earth or in a rock: There is a rumor of an abundance of minerals hidden in the abandoned mine.
5. The proportion of one isotope of an element, expressed by number of atoms, to the total quantity of the element: Mr. Young, the chemistry teacher, urged his classes to study and to understand the abundance factors of the chemical components.
6. Etymology: nothing suggests great abundance more vividly than overflowing waves; and that is the literal meaning of the word abundance.
In Latin, unda means "wave", poetically "sea". The Romans combined ab, "from", and unda into the word abundare, "to overflow"; literally, "to come from the waves" or "from the sea"; applied to anything very plentiful.
The stem of abundare resulted in the English verb "to abound", and a derivative provided the noun abundance. Inundate, "to flood", also comes from unda, as does undulate, "to move like the waves".
Also translated as, "You can't be too careful."
2. Well-supplied; pertaining to a more than plentiful supply of something: The prosecutor offered abundant evidence proving that the woman had committed the crime.
This has been one of the most abundant displays of beautiful fall colors that the city parks have ever produced in years.
It is abundantly obvious that the current economic situation will not be solved easily.
2. Overwhelming with force, numbers, etc.
2. To fill, to flood, or to cover completely, usually with water: The heavy and long-lasting rain inundated Mark’s basement so much that it had to be pumped out!
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2. An accumulation of an overwhelming amount of things that someone must deal with.
2. That which fills a container quickly beyond capacity; as with a liquid.
2. Etymology: from French onde, "wave"; which came from Latin unda + -graph, "write, record".
2. To return to affect someone as a repercussion or a consequence; to have a good, or bad, effect or result.
3. Etymology: "to overflow," from Old French redonder, "overflow, abound" (12th century); from Latin redundare, "to overflow".
The meaning of "to flow" or "to go back" (to a place or person) is from 1382.
Inter-related cross references, directly or indirectly, involving word units meaning "more, plentiful, fullness, excessive, over flowing": copi-; exuber-; hyper-; multi-; opulen-; ple-; pleio-; plethor-; poly-; super-; total-; ultra-.