Main definitions of fab in English

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fab1

adjective

informal
  • Fabulous; wonderful.

    ‘I admired the fab photography’
    • ‘Thanks to Simon for this fab link to the king of all desserts…’
    • ‘It was fab, if a little over-the-top for a dessert.’
    • ‘If you've noticed the girl at the next lunch table has worn really cool outfits the last two weeks straight, why not tell her you think her clothes are fab?’
    • ‘They may be fab shoes, dear, but they don't go with what you're wearing.’
    • ‘Not only that, but I'm sure he looks just fab in those black leather pants.’
    • ‘They are all fab presenters with their own individual personalities.’
    • ‘Head to the snowy slopes this winter and get into the groove with some skiing as this week's fab gear swishes and slides through the winter wonderland of the ski suit.’
    • ‘That was better than admitting that the guys got the medals for being fab pop stars whose reflected glory the government needed.’
    • ‘A part of the campaign will also involve exciting offers in which customers can win fab gifts through scratch cards at all outlets running the contest.’
    • ‘We'll be taking calls on everything from fixing fab fêtes to sprucing up spotty sex lives showbiz style, plus predicting all the winners & losers for Oscar night.’
    • ‘Everybody knows sewing isn't a granny thing anymore, so we're gonna show you how to turn a piece of fabric into a piece of fab!’
    • ‘The weather was fab all weekend too which was a treat!’
    • ‘As well as a forest of new skyscrapers, it is also home to hip boutiques, fab hotels, delicious restaurants and unforgettable sights.’
    • ‘There will be fab bands and, as stated, elation that has never before been felt.’
    • ‘Besides, Lawrence loves the music of the Fifties, and you get to wear fab frocks too.’
    • ‘Even the most stylish of designer collections now offers something in this fab warm fabric.’
    • ‘We've come up with some simple ways for you to feel fab.’
    • ‘Be the next best version of you so you can feel fab.’
    • ‘And they've got some fab postcards you can send to all your friends.’
    • ‘If you take your time and scour the racks, there really are some fab finds at rock-bottom prices!’
    excellent, marvellous, superb, very good, first-rate, first-class, wonderful, outstanding, exceptional, magnificent, splendid, superlative, matchless, peerless
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Phrases

  • the Fab Four

    • informal The Beatles.

      ‘behind-the-scenes pictures of the Fab Four on tour’
      • ‘More of a soul fan himself, David says his customers cannot get enough of the Fab Four back catalogue.’
      • ‘By week three of the tour, however, Larry had been won over by the Fab Four.’
      • ‘First song up is my favorite from the Fab Four.’
      • ‘We're live along Abbey Road with the new LP from the Fab Four.’
      • ‘A new release lets fans of the Fab Four to get back to where you once belonged.’
      • ‘His knack for putting his subjects at ease is reflected in his photographs of the Fab Four.’
      • ‘We must have looked like an older, flabbier version of the Fab Four in A Hard Day's Night.’
      • ‘I have enjoyed almost every movie about the Fab Four.’
      • ‘A walking tour of venues the Fab Four performed in is a good way to pass an afternoon.’
      • ‘I think they were called the Fab Four.’

Origin

1960s: abbreviation.

Pronunciation

fab

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Main definitions of fab in English

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fab2

noun

Electronics
  • 1A microchip manufacturing plant.

    ‘the process will reduce the environmental damage caused by chip fabs’
    • ‘The others are either collaborating on joint-venture fabs or turning to contract chip manufacturers, called foundries, for up to 50% of their future production.’
    • ‘It is ramping up a 6in line dedicated to MEMS at its Castelleto fab, according to Benedetto Vigna, the MEMS unit manager.’
    • ‘Foundry chipmakers build and operate immense semiconductor fabs to make chips designed by customers.’
    • ‘The company's own chip-manufacturing plant, or fab, is running at above 90 percent capacity, spokesperson Hsiao revealed.’
    • ‘Wang's son, Wang Wen-yang, for example, is in the process of establishing an 8-inch wafer fab in Shanghai.’
    • ‘Barrett's meeting with Hu had led to widespread speculation that the world's biggest chip maker was preparing to soften its stance and join the growing line of overseas chip makers setting up fabs in China.’
    • ‘‘Capacity now coming online from fifth-generation LCD fabs [fabrication plants] is being sucked up in a perfect storm of panel demand,’ said Alexander.’
    • ‘Cells will be manufactured at IBM's 300 mm fab in East Fishkill, NY and Sony's Nagasaki plant.’
    • ‘Virtually all of the world's motherboards are made there, and Taiwan is also the center of the world's semiconductor foundry industry, whose fabs are used by the chip industry's smaller vendors to produce their chips.’
    • ‘That volume was never going to come back to the point where it filled the Zurich fab.’
    • ‘Intel expects to have eight fabs using this process.’
    • ‘The construction work will begin even as the company shifts chip production away from its own Japanese fabs to Taiwanese manufacturers.’
    • ‘But investors would be limited to setting up eight-inch fabs in China that use an etching process of 0.25 microns or larger.’
    • ‘In this early stage of the technology, it's hard to make the case for a fab dedicated to nano devices.’
    • ‘Prototype immersion tools are beginning to arrive in advanced manufacturing fabs.’
    • ‘The spokesman said the company was in the process of kitting out fabs in New Mexico and Oregon in the US, as well as Ireland.’
    • ‘All existing players - and usually some new ones - plunge into investment in new fabs.’
    • ‘"Many of the fabs (wafer fabrication plants) are joint ventures between international and Chinese companies, which would make chips for exports.’
    1. 1.1 A process in a microchip manufacturing plant.
      ‘it can only be made using five-layer fabs’
      • ‘It starts wafers by technology process, by fab, and by the strategic inventory targets we've chosen.’
      • ‘We continued to achieve high yields across all product lines based on our leading-edge processes and award-winning fabs.’
      • ‘That chipset is about to go to fab [i.e., into fabrication] in the first calendar quarter of 2001.’
      • ‘This chip ran cooler, also in part from its .13 micron fab process, and was selling much cheaper than before.’
      • ‘Although the first of these chips was based on the 0.13 micron fab process, there was not much to differentiate between the two.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]Electronics
  • Produce (a microchip).

    • ‘The 100 million transistor dies will be fabbed at 90 nm.’
    • ‘Both consoles' CPUs are expected to be fabbed at 65 nm.’
    • ‘It will be fabbed using silicon-on-insulator materials, but that's no great surprise given IBM's well-established support for the technique.’
    • ‘The 5600 is fabbed at 0.13 micron, the 5200 at 0.15 micron.’
    • ‘Available now, the KT266 is fabbed at 0.25 micron.’
    • ‘Manufacturer A fabs a whole batch of processors and tests them at a given clock speed.’
    • ‘They are fabbed at 130 nm and 90 nm, respectively.’
    • ‘The parts are fabbed using ‘custom low-leakage silicon transistors’, to cut the amount of power wasted by chip components even when idling.’
    • ‘Burns confirmed that the EE is not fabbed at 90 nm - so it's a 130 nm part.’
    • ‘The part will be fabbed at 0.18 micron and support AGP 1x, 2x and 4x.’
    • ‘The company is fabbing silicon supporting MIMO today and will bring it to products in the near future, he added.’
    • ‘The part - which will be fabbed at 90 nm - will finally bring the Pentium 4's 800MHz frontside bus to the two-way server platform.’
    • ‘That part, also known as the R430, is fabbed at 110 nm.’
    • ‘By contrast, the second-generation G4-class Power PC 7450 is fabbed at 0.18 micron, is 106 mm² and uses a 483-pin package.’
    • ‘The chipset will be fabbed at 90 nm, reading between the lines of Rambus’ press announcement.’
    • ‘Like the R200, the R300 will be fabbed at 0.15 micron.’
    • ‘It will be fabbed at 0.10 micron, but won't ship before 2003-2004.’

Pronunciation

fab

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