Abdominales to Abies
(||Ab*dom`i*na"les) n. pl. [NL., masc. pl.] (Zoöl.) A group including the greater part of
fresh- water fishes, and many marine ones, having the ventral fins under the abdomen behind the pectorals.
(||Ab*dom`i*na"li*a) n. pl. [NL., neut. pl.] (Zoöl.) A group of cirripeds having abdominal
(Ab*dom`i*nos"co*py) n. [L. abdomen + Gr. to examine.] (Med.) Examination of the
abdomen to detect abdominal disease.
(Ab*dom`i*no*tho*rac"ic) a. Relating to the abdomen and the thorax, or chest.
(Ab*dom"i*nous) a. Having a protuberant belly; pot-bellied.
Gorgonius sits, abdominous and wan,
Like a fat squab upon a Chinese fan.
(Ab*duce") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Abduced ; p. pr. & vb. n. Abducing.] [L. abducere to lead
away; ab + ducere to lead. See Duke, and cf. Abduct.] To draw or conduct away; to withdraw; to
draw to a different part. [Obs.]
If we abduce the eye unto either corner, the object will not duplicate.
Sir T. Browne.
(Ab*duct") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Abducted ; p. pr. & vb. n. Abducting.] [L. abductus, p. p. of
abducere. See Abduce.]
1. To take away surreptitiously by force; to carry away (a human being) wrongfully and usually by violence; to
2. To draw away, as a limb or other part, from its ordinary position.
(Ab*duc"tion) n. [L. abductio: cf. F. abduction.]
1. The act of abducing or abducting; a drawing apart; a carrying away. Roget.
2. (Physiol.) The movement which separates a limb or other part from the axis, or middle line, of the
3. (Law) The wrongful, and usually the forcible, carrying off of a human being; as, the abduction of a
child, the abduction of an heiress.
4. (Logic) A syllogism or form of argument in which the major is evident, but the minor is only probable.
(Ab*duc"tor) n. [NL.]
1. One who abducts.
2. (Anat.) A muscle which serves to draw a part out, or form the median line of the body; as, the abductor
oculi, which draws the eye outward.
(A*beam") adv. [Pref. a- + beam.] (Naut.) On the beam, that is, on a line which forms a right
angle with the ship's keel; opposite to the center of the ship's side.
(A*bear") v. t. [AS. aberan; pref. a- + beran to bear.]
1. To bear; to behave. [Obs.]
So did the faery knight himself abear.