A&D an abbreviation for architecture and design
Abrasion Test (a-braz’-jian) various tests materials/fabrics go through to determine the effects of wear and tear.
Absolute humidity ab-so-lute’ hew-mid’-i-tee This is a determination made during the planning for construction of the effects such as condensation that could take place in the finished structure. The calculation is made with the formula: Divide the mass of water vapor by the volume of dry air at a certain temperature. The warmer the air, the more water can be absorbed. From there you can regulate and control the water vapor or condensation in a building.
Acanthus a-can’ thuss – A Mediterranean plant’s leaf that has been a classical motif for thousands of years. It is seen in relief carvings in architecture as well as used in weavings and other forms of art.
Accessories ak-sess’-or-ees – Objects used throughout a room to offer contrast, texture or color in an attractive way to keep the eye moving and create rhythm. It can also refer to additions to cabinetry such as overlays and moldings to add to or enhance the quality or appearance of a piece.