abagarment of camel or goat hair; camel or goat-hair fabric
    abacinateto blind by putting red-hot copper basin near the eyes
    abactorcattle thief
    abaculussmall tile for mosaic
    abafttoward or at the stern of a ship; further aft
    abampereunit equivalent to 10 amperes
    abapicalat the lowest point
    abarticularnot connected with the joint
    abasementaction of humbling or degrading
    abasiainability to walk due to lack of muscular coordination
    abaskin genial warmth
    abatisrampart of felled trees and branches
    abatjourskylight or device to direct light into a room
    abattoirpublic slaughterhouse
    abaturetrail through wood beaten down by a stag
    abbyarn used for warp
    abbaSyriac or Coptic bishop
    abbatialof, like or pertaining to abbots or an abbey
    abbozzopreliminary sketch
    abditiveremote; secret; hidden
    abdominoushaving a paunch or big belly
    abducentturning away; bearing away from
    abeamin a line at right angles to the length of a vessel, on the beam
    abearto bear; to comport; to behave
    abecedarianof, like or pertaining to the order of the alphabet; rudimentary
    abecedismword created from the initials of words in a phrase
    abelewhite poplar tree
    abengJamaican bugle made from cow horn
    aberdevinealternate name for the siskin
    aberuncatorslong tool for pruning tall branches
    abessiveindicating absence or lack
    abiecticof, like or pertaining to fir trees or fir sap
    abigaila lady's maid
    abigeuscattle rustler
    abiogenesisspontaneous generation of living matter
    abiotrophydegeneration; loss of physical vitality or ability
    abirritateto alleviate irritation; to reduce sensitivity
    abiturientpupil leaving school for university
    abjecthumble; miserable; craven
    ablactationweaning of a child from its mother's milk
    ablativeindicating direction from or time when
    ablatorthermal protection on outside of spacecraft
    ablautvariation in root vowel of words to change meaning
    ablegatepapal envoy or legate
    ablowin a blowing state
    abluentcleanser or cleansing product
    ablutionritual washing
    ablutomaniamania for washing oneself
    abnegateto renounce or repudiate
    abodementan omen; a foretelling
    aboideautide gate
    abollaRoman military cloak
    abomasumruminant's fourth stomach
    aboralaway from the mouth
    abordto accost; to approach
    aborningduring birth; while being born
    aborticidekilling of a fetus; abortion
    abortuaryanti-abortion term for an abortion clinic
    aboulialoss of ability to make decisions
    aboulomaniapathological indecisiveness
    aboutsledgelargest blacksmith's hammer
    abranarrow mountain pass
    abradanta substance that abrades
    abraidto awaken or rouse
    abraxasgem engraved with mystical word and bearing human-animal figure
    abreuvoirjoint or gap between two stones in masonry
    abroachin a condition to allow liquor to run out
    abscindto pare, reduce, cut off or away
    abscissahorizontal distance from a fixed line to a point
    abscissioncutting off; cutting away
    absconcelantern used in monasteries and night offices
    abseilto descend a rock face using a double rope
    absentaneousdone in absence; pertaining to absence
    absinthialof, like or pertaining to wormwood; bitter
    absinthismdisease resembling alcoholism
    absitleave to pass one night away from college
    absolutismdoctrine of government by a single absolute ruler; autocracy
    absolutiveindicating subject or object of intransitive verb
    absolutoryforgiving or absolving
    absonantdiscordant; abhorrent
    absorbefacientcausing or promoting absorption
    absorptiometerinstrument for measuring solubility of gases in liquids
    absquatulateto decamp; to leave quickly; to flee
    abstergewipe clean; expunge; purge; purify
    absurdismdoctrine that we live in an irrational universe
    abterminalgoing from the end inwards
    abthanemonastic region of the old Irish church
    abulialack of ability to make decisions; aboulia
    abunaEthiopian patriarch
    abusionmisuse; outrage; deception
    abutmentmasonry on a wall that supports an arch
    abvoltunit of electrical potential equal to one hundred millionth of a volt
    abyto make amends; atone; pay a penalty
    abyssopelagicof, like or pertaining to the depths of the ocean