Main definitions of fab in English

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adjective

informal
  • Fabulous; wonderful.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There will be fab bands and, as stated, elation that has never before been felt.’
    • ‘The weather was fab all weekend too which was a treat!’
    • ‘Even the most stylish of designer collections now offers something in this fab warm fabric.’
    • ‘If you take your time and scour the racks, there really are some fab finds at rock-bottom prices!’
    • ‘Not only that, but I'm sure he looks just fab in those black leather pants.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Thanks to Simon for this fab link to the king of all desserts…’
    • ‘We've come up with some simple ways for you to feel fab.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And they've got some fab postcards you can send to all your friends.’
    • ‘That was better than admitting that the guys got the medals for being fab pop stars whose reflected glory the government needed.’
    • ‘Be the next best version of you so you can feel fab.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As well as a forest of new skyscrapers, it is also home to hip boutiques, fab hotels, delicious restaurants and unforgettable sights.’
    • ‘It was fab, if a little over-the-top for a dessert.’
    • ‘They may be fab shoes, dear, but they don't go with what you're wearing.’
    • ‘Besides, Lawrence loves the music of the Fifties, and you get to wear fab frocks too.’
    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 fabrication plant.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘Capacity now coming online from fifth-generation LCD fabs [fabrication plants] is being sucked up in a perfect storm of panel demand,’ said Alexander.’
    • ‘In this early stage of the technology, it's hard to make the case for a fab dedicated to nano devices.’
    • ‘"Many of the fabs (wafer fabrication plants) are joint ventures between international and Chinese companies, which would make chips for exports.’
    • ‘The company's own chip-manufacturing plant, or fab, is running at above 90 percent capacity, spokesperson Hsiao revealed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Intel expects to have eight fabs using this process.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That volume was never going to come back to the point where it filled the Zurich fab.’
    • ‘Foundry chipmakers build and operate immense semiconductor fabs to make chips designed by customers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But investors would be limited to setting up eight-inch fabs in China that use an etching process of 0.25 microns or larger.’
    • ‘It is ramping up a 6in line dedicated to MEMS at its Castelleto fab, according to Benedetto Vigna, the MEMS unit manager.’
    • ‘The construction work will begin even as the company shifts chip production away from its own Japanese fabs to Taiwanese manufacturers.’
    • ‘All existing players - and usually some new ones - plunge into investment in new 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.’
    • ‘Cells will be manufactured at IBM's 300 mm fab in East Fishkill, NY and Sony's Nagasaki plant.’
    1. 1.1A particular fabrication process in a manufacturing plant.
      • ‘That chipset is about to go to fab [i.e., into fabrication] in the first calendar quarter of 2001.’
      • ‘It starts wafers by technology process, by fab, and by the strategic inventory targets we've chosen.’
      • ‘Although the first of these chips was based on the 0.13 micron fab process, there was not much to differentiate between the two.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

1980s: abbreviation of fabrication (see fabricate).

Pronunciation:

fab

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