abandonment of work Quick reference
To leave site and refuse to continue work. Must entail a complete stoppage of work with a clear intention not
abatement of action Quick reference
An interruption of legal proceedings. A party, normally the defendant, serves an application of abatement giving reasons why proceedings should
aberration Quick reference
A defect in the image produced by an optical or electronic lens system.
abeyance Quick reference
1. A state of suspension, temporarily inactive, cessation or put to one side for a period of time.
abioseston Quick reference
Non-living particulate matter found floating in watercourses.
abiotic Quick reference
Non-living chemical and physical matter (not biological). Abiotic components are parts of the environment; water, sunlight, oxygen, temperature, soil, and
ablution fitting Quick reference
A large communal sanitary fitting used to perform ritual washing.
Abney level Quick reference
A hand-held instrument to measure vertical angles. See also
above grade Quick reference
A higher elevation than ground level. See also
above ground level Quick reference
1. The height above ground level.
2. Work undertaken on a building after the building has come out of the
Abram's law Quick reference
A rule that states the strength of concrete (or mortar) is inversely related to the water/cement (w/c) ratio. Provided there
abrasion Quick reference
The wearing away of one material against another by *friction.
abrasion resistance Quick reference
The ability of a finish to withstand wear.
abrasive Quick reference
The use of friction/roughness to clean, grind, or polish a surface.
abrupt junction Quick reference
A *p-n junction in which the impurity concentration changes abruptly from acceptors to donors (see