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An ancient device used for performing arithmetic calculations; by sliding beads along rods or within grooves.
An Abacus is an ancient device used for performing arithmetic calculations; by sliding beads along rods or within grooves.
Despite the widespread use of electronic calculators and modern computers, the abacus is still a widely used tool within the Far East.
The abacus (plural abaci or abacuses), also called a counting frame, is a calculating tool that was in use in the ancient Near East, Europe, China, and Russia, centuries before the adoption of the written Hindu–Arabic numeral system.
The abacus was the precursor of the modern electronic calculator.
He gave her an abacus, explained the basic principles, and showed her how to make her trick work even better.
The abacus is the ancestor of the modern PCs.
The abacus is still in use today in many parts of China.
Some banks in remote parts of Asia still use make use of abacuses.
Do you know how to use an abacus?
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This glossary post was last updated: 3rd May 2019.