Abacus harmonicus
Abacus Ab"a*cus ([a^]b"[.a]*k[u^]s), n.; E. pl. {Abacuses}; L. pl. {Abaci} (-s[imac]). [L. abacus, abax, Gr. 'a`bax] 1. A table or tray strewn with sand, anciently used for drawing, calculating, etc. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

2. A calculating table or frame; an instrument for performing arithmetical calculations by balls sliding on wires, or counters in grooves, the lowest line representing units, the second line, tens, etc. It is still employed in China. [1913 Webster]

3. (Arch.) (a) The uppermost member or division of the capital of a column, immediately under the architrave. See {Column}. (b) A tablet, panel, or compartment in ornamented or mosaic work. [1913 Webster]

4. A board, tray, or table, divided into perforated compartments, for holding cups, bottles, or the like; a kind of cupboard, buffet, or sideboard. [1913 Webster]

{Abacus harmonicus} (Mus.), an ancient diagram showing the structure and disposition of the keys of an instrument. --Crabb. [1913 Webster]


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