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ˈæm pəlam·ple

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ampleadjective

    more than enough in size or scope or capacity

    "had ample food for the party"; "an ample supply"

  2. ample, copious, plenteous, plentiful, richadjective

    affording an abundant supply

    "had ample food for the party"; "copious provisions"; "food is plentiful"; "a plenteous grape harvest"; "a rich supply"

  3. ample, sizable, sizeableadjective

    fairly large

    "a sizable fortune"; "an ample waistline"; "of ample proportions"


  1. ampleadjective

    Large; great in size, extent, capacity, or bulk; spacious; roomy; widely extended.

  2. ampleadjective

    Fully sufficient; abundant; liberal; copious; as, an ample fortune; ample justice.

  3. ampleadjective

    Not contracted or brief; not concise; extended; diffusive; as, an ample narrative.

  4. Etymology: From ample, from amplus, probably for ambiplus, the last syllable akin to Latin plenus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. AMPLEadjective

    Etymology: amplus, Lat.

    Heav’n descends
    In universal bounty, shedding herbs,
    And fruits, and flowers, on nature’s ample lap. James Thomson.

    Did your letters pierce the queen to any demonstration of grief? ————
    She took ’em, and read ’em in my presence,
    And now and then an ample tear trill’d down
    Her delicate cheeks. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Have what you ask, your presents I receive;
    Land where, and when you please, with ample leave. Dryd.

    If we speak of strict justice, God could no way have been bound to require man’s labours in so large and ample manner as human felicity doth import; in as much as the dignity of this exceedeth so far the other’s value. Richard Hooker.

    To dispose the prince the more willingly to undertake his relief, the earl made ample promises, that, within so many days after the siege should be raised, he would advance his highness’s levies with two thousand men. Edward Hyde, b. viii.


  1. ample

    In mathematics, a distinctive feature of algebraic geometry is that some line bundles on a projective variety can be considered "positive", while others are "negative" (or a mixture of the two). The most important notion of positivity is that of an ample line bundle, although there are several related classes of line bundles. Roughly speaking, positivity properties of a line bundle are related to having many global sections. Understanding the ample line bundles on a given variety X amounts to understanding the different ways of mapping X into projective space. In view of the correspondence between line bundles and divisors (built from codimension-1 subvarieties), there is an equivalent notion of an ample divisor. In more detail, a line bundle is called basepoint-free if it has enough sections to give a morphism to projective space. A line bundle is semi-ample if some positive power of it is basepoint-free; semi-ampleness is a kind of "nonnegativity". More strongly, a line bundle on X is very ample if it has enough sections to give a closed immersion (or "embedding") of X into projective space. A line bundle is ample if some positive power is very ample. An ample line bundle on a projective variety X has positive degree on every curve in X. The converse is not quite true, but there are corrected versions of the converse, the Nakai–Moishezon and Kleiman criteria for ampleness.


  1. ample

    Ample is an adjective which means enough or more than enough; plentiful or abundant. It refers to something that exists in large quantities or amounts, often exceeding the bare minimum.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ampleadjective

    large; great in size, extent, capacity, or bulk; spacious; roomy; widely extended

  2. Ampleadjective

    fully sufficient; abundant; liberal; copious; as, an ample fortune; ample justice

  3. Ampleadjective

    not contracted of brief; not concise; extended; diffusive; as, an ample narrative

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ample

    am′pl, adj. spacious: large enough: abundant: liberal: copious, or of great length.—ns. Am′pleness; Ampliā′tion, enlarging, an enlargement.—adj. Ampliā′tive (rare).—adv. Am′ply. [Fr.—L. amplus, large.]

Editors Contribution

  1. Ampleadjective

    More than enough/needed in size or capacity

    The pick-up transported an ample load from the farm to there.

    Etymology: [am.ple] ruim(voldoende)

    Submitted by KKiilu on July 14, 2022  


  1. Ample

    broad; large; sufficient in size.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ample in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ample in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of ample in a Sentence

  1. Ilya Yashin:

    The main conclusion of our report is that we have collected and systematized (information) which we think provides ample evidence of the presence of Russian soldiers in Ukraine.

  2. Chris Ferreri:

    Liquidity in the Treasury market is now bifurcated; there remains ample liquidity for the six benchmark bonds but rapidly declining liquidity in the hundreds of off the runs, the Treasury market needs a fully functioning curve to retain its position as a rates standard. Without a standard, you run the risk of further decrease in activity and liquidity.

  3. Riverkeeper Kemp Burdette:

    There will be ample opportunity to get sick, to be really blunt and honest there are a lot of these farms upstream from homes that are flooded or will be flooded and it will wash through people's homes and cover their belongings. Recovering from a flood is difficult. How do you come back from this I don't know. It's pretty terrible.

  4. Roz Brewer:

    Though we are growing off a large base, there is ample room to expand in regions where the Starbucks brand is less penetrated.

  5. Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler:

    Well both of those statements are errant nonsense. There is ample evidence, overwhelming evidence. Any jury would convict in three minutes flat that The President betrayed The President country by breaking the law.

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