Main definitions of fab in English

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adjective

informal
  • Fabulous; wonderful:

    ‘I admired the fab photography’
    • ‘Even the most stylish of designer collections now offers something in this fab warm fabric.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was fab, if a little over-the-top for a dessert.’
    • ‘Thanks to Simon for this fab link to the king of all desserts…’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If you take your time and scour the racks, there really are some fab finds at rock-bottom prices!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We've come up with some simple ways for you to feel fab.’
    • ‘That was better than admitting that the guys got the medals for being fab pop stars whose reflected glory the government needed.’
    • ‘Besides, Lawrence loves the music of the Fifties, and you get to wear fab frocks too.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There will be fab bands and, as stated, elation that has never before been felt.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As well as a forest of new skyscrapers, it is also home to hip boutiques, fab hotels, delicious restaurants and unforgettable sights.’
    • ‘The weather was fab all weekend too which was a treat!’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘They are all fab presenters with their own individual personalities.’
    excellent, marvellous, superb, very good, first-rate, first-class, wonderful, outstanding, exceptional, magnificent, splendid, superlative, matchless, peerless
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Origin

1960s: abbreviation.

Pronunciation:

fab

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Main definitions of fab in English

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noun

Electronics
  • 1A microchip manufacturing plant:

    ‘the process will reduce the environmental damage caused by chip fabs’
    • ‘The company's own chip-manufacturing plant, or fab, is running at above 90 percent capacity, spokesperson Hsiao revealed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In this early stage of the technology, it's hard to make the case for a fab dedicated to nano devices.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All existing players - and usually some new ones - plunge into investment in new fabs.’
    • ‘The construction work will begin even as the company shifts chip production away from its own Japanese fabs to Taiwanese manufacturers.’
    • ‘Foundry chipmakers build and operate immense semiconductor fabs to make chips designed by customers.’
    • ‘Cells will be manufactured at IBM's 300 mm fab in East Fishkill, NY and Sony's Nagasaki plant.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is ramping up a 6in line dedicated to MEMS at its Castelleto fab, according to Benedetto Vigna, the MEMS unit manager.’
    • ‘"Many of the fabs (wafer fabrication plants) are joint ventures between international and Chinese companies, which would make chips for exports.’
    • ‘But investors would be limited to setting up eight-inch fabs in China that use an etching process of 0.25 microns or larger.’
    • ‘‘Capacity now coming online from fifth-generation LCD fabs [fabrication plants] is being sucked up in a perfect storm of panel demand,’ said Alexander.’
    • ‘That volume was never going to come back to the point where it filled the Zurich fab.’
    • ‘Prototype immersion tools are beginning to arrive in advanced manufacturing fabs.’
    • ‘Wang's son, Wang Wen-yang, for example, is in the process of establishing an 8-inch wafer fab in Shanghai.’
    • ‘Intel expects to have eight fabs using this process.’
    1. 1.1 A process in a microchip manufacturing plant:
      ‘it can only be made using five-layer fabs’
      • ‘Although the first of these chips was based on the 0.13 micron fab process, there was not much to differentiate between the two.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We continued to achieve high yields across all product lines based on our leading-edge processes and award-winning fabs.’
      • ‘It starts wafers by technology process, by fab, and by the strategic inventory targets we've chosen.’

verb

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

    • ‘The 5600 is fabbed at 0.13 micron, the 5200 at 0.15 micron.’
    • ‘The chipset will be fabbed at 90 nm, reading between the lines of Rambus’ press announcement.’
    • ‘They are fabbed at 130 nm and 90 nm, respectively.’
    • ‘Burns confirmed that the EE is not fabbed at 90 nm - so it's a 130 nm part.’
    • ‘Manufacturer A fabs a whole batch of processors and tests them at a given clock speed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It will be fabbed using silicon-on-insulator materials, but that's no great surprise given IBM's well-established support for the technique.’
    • ‘That part, also known as the R430, is fabbed at 110 nm.’
    • ‘Available now, the KT266 is fabbed at 0.25 micron.’
    • ‘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 parts are fabbed using ‘custom low-leakage silicon transistors’, to cut the amount of power wasted by chip components even when idling.’
    • ‘It will be fabbed at 0.10 micron, but won't ship before 2003-2004.’
    • ‘Like the R200, the R300 will be fabbed at 0.15 micron.’
    • ‘The 100 million transistor dies will be fabbed at 90 nm.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Both consoles' CPUs are expected to be fabbed at 65 nm.’

Pronunciation:

fab

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