abacus abacus  /ˈæ bə kəs/


  1. (n) a calculator that performs arithmetic functions by manually sliding counters on rods or in grooves
  2. (n) a tablet placed horizontally on top of the capital of a column as an aid in supporting the architrave


  1. Abacus is also used to teach blind children to perform arithmetical calculations while other students learn the same things on paper.
  2. Bubnov holds that the forms first found in Europe are derived from ancient symbols used on the abacus, but that the zero is of Hindu origin.
  3. Even today some clerks and small businessmen in those countries prefer to use abacus and do calculations quickly than their counterparts using electronic calculators.


  • Fugs and Pieces: June 7, 2013

    Jessica is on vacation for this week’s F&P. Hey, cool it with the rage eyes, Pacey. I’m going to try . – This ad for Sensa is maybe the greatest thing ever . It includes an abacus. It’s clearly intended as parody, so the fact that it’s a real ad they’re using makes me love them.
    on June 8, 2013     Source: Go Fug Yourself

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  1. "I have no problem with that Abacus transaction. If there were other things that were hugely troublesome, I haven't seen them," Mr. Buffett said.
    on May 2, 2010 By: Warren Buffett Source: Wall Street Journal

  2. "This was the whole point of Project Abacus," Ms Atkinson said. "We had concerns about liquidity and we had to address those concerns."
    on Apr 13, 2010 By: Sallyanne Atkinson Source: Sydney Morning Herald

  3. "Taxpayers have every reason to question whether they'd be better off with a pencil and an abacus than using the current free-file program," said Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa). "That has to change."
    on Jun 30, 2007 By: Charles Grassley Source: Los Angeles Times

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