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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.

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. Saudi Aramco:

    Saudi Aramco is determined to not only meet the world's growing demand for ample, reliable and affordable energy but to meet the world's growing demand for much cleaner fuel, alternatives are still facing significant technological, economic and infrastructure hurdles, and the history of past energy transitions shows that these developments take time.

  2. D. A. F. Sade, "Dialogue between a Priest and a Dying Man":

    ... and thereof do I repent: I only plucked an occasional flower when I might have gathered an ample harvest of fruit -- such are the just grounds for the regrets I have ...

  3. Jon Husted:

    One of my primary goals is to ensure uniformity in Ohio elections so that every voter in this state is treated equally and fairly, today we are preserving that uniformity for all Ohio voters while maintaining ample opportunity to cast a ballot and participate in the democratic process.

  4. Dick Durbin:

    I gave Republicans ample time to make their arguments in the committee, i was prepared to give them even more time until the two-hour rule was invoked. But someone on the other side decided to force my hand. I had to act quickly.

  5. Roger Zakheim:

    It's so important that we have all these different voices here and really taking some time to focus on the ideas, there will be ample opportunity for people to give their stock speech that they'll deliver in Iowa or New Hampshire, for example. We just think this is the right moment [ and ] the window of opportunity to get to these questions.

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