ab-

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old English æf, from Latin ab-, from Ancient Greek ἀπό (apó, from), from Sanskrit अप (ápa, away).[1] See Proto-Indo-European *apo-.

Alternative forms[edit]

  • a- (found if the root word started with m, p, or v)
  • abs- (found if the root word started with c or t)

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ab-

  1. (non-productive) From
    absorb
  2. (non-productive) Away from; outside of.
    abnormal, abaxial.

Etymology 2[edit]

Abbreviation of absolute.

Prefix[edit]

ab-

  1. (physics) A unit of electromagnetic charge in the centimeter-gram-second system: the abcoulomb.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Elliott K. Dobbie, C. William Dunmore, Robert K. Barnhart, et al. (editors), Chambers Dictionary of Etymology (Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd, 2004 [1998], ISBN 0550142304), page 1
  • ab- at OneLook Dictionary Search

German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old High German ab, from Proto-Germanic *ab.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Standard German) IPA(key): /ap/, [ʔäpʰ]
  • (Switzerland) IPA(key): /ab̥/

Prefix[edit]

ab-

  1. Separable verb prefix, from.
    abfahren (to depart from).
  2. Separable verb prefix that indicates removal or quitting, off.
    abspülen (to rinse off, to wash off).
  3. Separable verb prefix that indicates a downward movement, down.
  4. Separable verb prefix that indicates from or of.

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Latin[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From ab (from, of, away from)

Prefix[edit]

ab-

  1. A prefix in many words of Latin origin. It signifies from, of, as in aboriginal, absorb, OR away, separating, or departure, as in abduct, abstract, abscond. See a-.