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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ The law allows women to abort an early-stage pregnancy.
▪ The mission was aborted after news came of the capture of the city.
▪ The plane had already started its descent when the pilot received orders to abort his landing.
▪ In addition, oxygen inhalations are given to abort the acute attacks.
▪ Pietr only found out by accident, when she applied to have the child aborted.
▪ The disease kills piglets and causes sows to abort.
▪ The plane aborted the takeoff and crashed into the water.
▪ When we fail to justly punish the criminal, the community sees justice aborted.
▪ Would I abort if my child was likely to have some kind of deformity?
▪ Yet the mob somehow aborts the landing and pulls the plane up sensibly.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Abort \A*bort"\ ([.a]*b[^o]rt"), v. i. [L. abortare, fr. abortus, p. p. of aboriri; ab + oriri to rise, to be born. See Orient.]

  1. To miscarry; to bring forth young prematurely.

  2. (Biol.) To become checked in normal development, so as either to remain rudimentary or shrink away wholly; to become sterile.

  3. to stop, cease, or fail prior to normal completion.


Abort \A*bort"\ ([.a]*b[^o]rt"), v. t. to cause (an action or process) to stop at an early stage, or before normal completion; as, to abort a rocket flight.


Abort \A*bort"\, n. [L. abortus, fr. aboriri.]

  1. An untimely birth. [Obs.]
    --Sir H. Wotton.

  2. An aborted offspring. [Obs.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1570s, "to miscarry," from Latin abortus, past participle of aboriri "to miscarry" (see abortive); 1610s as "to deliberately terminate" anything, but especially a pregnancy, which seems to be the literal sense. Transitive meaning "to cause a woman to miscarry" is recorded from 1933. Related: Aborted; aborting.


Etymology 1 n. 1 (context obsolete English) A miscarriage; an untimely birth; an abortion. (Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the mid 17th century.) 2 (context now rare English) The product of a miscarriage; an aborted offspring; an abortion. (First attested in the early 17th century.) 3 (context military aeronautics English) An early termination of a mission, action, or procedure in relation to missiles or spacecraft; the craft making such a mission. 4 (context computing English) The function used to abort a process. 5 (context computing English) An event involving the abort of a process. Etymology 2

vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To miscarry; to bring forth offspring prematurely. (First attested in the mid 16th century.) 2 (context transitive English) To end prematurely; to stop in the preliminary stages; to turn back. (First attested in the late 16th century.) 3 (context intransitive English) To stop or fail at something in the preliminary stages. (First attested in the late 16th century.) 4 (context intransitive biology English) To become checked in normal development, so as either to remain rudimentary or shrink away wholly; to cease organic growth before maturation; to become sterile. (First attested in the mid 19th century.) 5 (context transitive biology English) To cause an organism to develop minimally; to cause rudimentary development to happen; to prevent maturation. (First attested in the mid 19th century.) 6 (context intransitive military English) To fail or abandon a mission for any reason other than enemy action, at any point after the beginning of the mission and prior to its completion. (First attested in the mid 20th century.) 7 (context transitive aeronautics English) To terminate a mission involving a missile or rocket; to destroy a missile or rocket prematurely. (First attested in the mid 20th century.) 8 (context transitive English) To cause a premature termination of a foetus; to bring forth offspring prematurely; to end a pregnancy before term. 9 (context transitive computing English) To terminate a process prior to completion.

  1. v. terminate before completion; "abort the mission"; "abort the process running on my computer"

  2. terminate a pregnancy by undergoing an abortion

Abort (film)

Abort is a 1970 Norwegian drama film directed by Vibeke Løkkeberg. It follows a young girl from the moment she discovers that she is pregnant, to the point where a doctor makes the decision about whether she is granted an abortion.


Abort can mean:

  • Abortion, the termination of pregnancy ( human, of mammals, etc.)
  • Late termination of pregnancy (although common, it is considered improper usage to call this abortion).
  • Early termination of some process, e.g.:
    • The early termination of a spaceflight, particularly a mode resulting in the return of the spacecraft to Earth. For more information, see Space Shuttle abort modes and Apollo abort modes.
    • The termination of an aircraft take-off attempt.
    • Abort (computing), to terminate a computer processing or data transfer activity.
  • "Abort" is antiquated German for a toilet, from German ab- = "away" and noun Ort = "place".
  • Abort, a 1970 Norwegian film.
  • Abort (album), a 1991 album from the band Tribe
  • Paper Abortion, a termination of parental rights and responsibilities to give men equal rights to women.
Abort (computing)

In a computer or data transmission system, to abort means to terminate, usually in a controlled manner, a processing activity because it is impossible or undesirable for the activity to proceed. Such an action may be accompanied by diagnostic information on the aborted process.

In addition to being a verb, abort also has two noun senses. In the most general case, the event of aborting can be referred to as an abort. Sometimes the event of aborting can be given a special name, as in the case of an abort involving a Unix kernel where it is known as a kernel panic. Specifically in the context of data transmission, an abort is a function invoked by a sending station to cause the recipient to discard or ignore all bit sequences transmitted by the sender since the preceding flag sequence.

In the C programming language, abort is a standard library function that terminates the current application and returns an error code.

Abort (album)

Abort is the second album from the Boston, MA alternative band Tribe. It is also their major label debut after being signed up by Warner Bros. Records. The album was released in August 27, 1991, (see, 1991 in music) a year after "Here at the Home".

The album is mostly re-recorded versions of tracks from "Here at the Home"; eight of the ten tracks from "Here at the Home" were re-recorded for "Abort" (the track "Pinwheels" was also re-recorded for "Abort" but in the end was never put on the album and instead, it was released as a b-side in the "Easter Dinner E.P."), with four brand new tracks.

Three singles were released from the album as EPs; "Easter Dinner", "Payphone", and "Joyride (I Saw the Film)", the latter of which also spawned the band's first ever music video.1

Usage examples of "abort".

Former NATO general Wesley Clark was only slightly more explicit than all the other Democratic candidates for president, saying a woman should be free to abort her baby right up until the moment of birth.

Then suppose the parents decide they do not want a child who would suffer from those characteristics and abort on this basis?

It provides a complete array of services to young people who decide not to abort their babies and instead carry them to term.

I was sitting there listening to her go on about abortion, I casually made an off-mike comment to my call screener that I wished I could abort this call.

He went to the management of the station and told them I was planning to abort calls.

After all, I needed to know at what point it was unsafe for me, the host, to abort the caller.

The central issue was whether Roe had a right to abort her baby although her life was not at risk.

NARAL Pro-Choice America even decided not to oppose a bill that would require doctors to anesthetize babies being aborted after the twentieth week of pregnancy, called the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act.

I knew he usually aborted only married women, in their late twenties and thirties.

We can also demonstrate that she was twice aborted by Peter Randall and that in all likelihood he performed the third abortion.

If he had been willing to see her aborted, he would have done it himself.

I respond by pointing out that one of those babies that was aborted thirty years ago might have grown up to be a brilliant scientist and could have discovered the cure for AIDS.

I asked my audience if any of them wanted to volunteer to be the first aborted call in the history of radio.

Some people even called up and wanted to record the historic moment when they were aborted by Rush Limbaugh so they could play it for friends.

While it is indeed possible to derive stem cells from aborted embryos, it is seldom done for two reasons.