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abacus

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Maths
abacusab‧a‧cus /ˈæbəkəs/ noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 abacus.jpg HMa frame with small balls that can be slid along on thick wires, used for counting and calculating
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abacusShe gave him an abacus, explained the basic principles, and showed him how to make his trick work even better.Make an abacus and write a report about its usefulness in terms of place value and computation.Sometimes he calculates the price on an abacus and then indicates the total.All of them will make either a slide rule or an abacus as a way of presenting how number sets work.Vassily Prokofyevich, the manager, was doing his accounts, snapping his abacus.Vocabulary is words, lists of, abacus beads, each encapsulating a precise idea.Once in a while, the numbers fall, the abacus clicks into a pattern.The central volutes intertwine and a tendril and foliage breaks the line of the abacus between these and the angle volutes.
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