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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
abut
verb
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ She veered away and, with no alternative site in view crashed into the swamp abutting the landing field.
▪ Take a 15-storey building abutting a three-storey structure.
▪ The back end of the truck should end up just abutting the door of the bay.
▪ There was a small, dark bar abutting the lanes, and it called to me.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Abut

Abut \A*but"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Abutted; p. pr. & vb. n. Abutting.] [OF. abouter, aboter; cf. F. aboutir, and also abuter; a (L. ad) + OF. boter, buter, to push: cf. F. bout end, and but end, purpose.] To project; to terminate or border; to be contiguous; to meet; -- with on, upon, or against; as, his land abuts on the road.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
abut

mid-13c., "to end at, to border on," from Old French aboter "join end to end, touch upon" (13c.), from à "to" (see ad-) + bout "end" (see butt (n.3)). Related: Abutted; abutting.

Wiktionary
abut

Etymology 1 vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To touch by means of a mutual border, edge or end; to border on; to lie adjacent; to project; to terminate; to be contiguous; to meet, of an estate, country, etc. (First attested around 1350 to 1470.) 2 (context transitive English) To border upon; be next to; abut on; be adjacent to; to support by an abutment. (First attested in the mid 19th century.) Etymology 2

vb. (context intransitive English) To lean against on one end; to end on, of a part of a building or wall. (First attested in the late 16th century.)

WordNet
abut
  1. v. lie adjacent to another or share a boundary; "Canada adjoins the U.S."; "England marches with Scotland" [syn: border, adjoin, edge, march, butt, butt against, butt on]

  2. [also: abutting, abutted]

Usage examples of "abut".

This illustration is not intended to apply to the older bridges with widely distended masses, which render each pier sufficient to abut the arches springing from it, but tend, in providing for a way over the river, to choke up the way by the river itself, or to compel the river either to throw down the structure or else to destroy its own banks.

The two loops may be connected by an appending ridge provided that it does not abut at right angles between the shoulders of the loop formation.

No angle is present as the ending ridge does not abut upon the curving ridge which envelopes it.

Every external wall or enclosing wall of habitable rooms or their appurtenances or cellars which abuts against the earth shall be protected by materials impervious to moisture to the satisfaction of the district surveyor.

The tented arch is formed by the angle made when the curving ridge above the dot abuts upon the ridge immediately under and to the left of the dot.

This building abuts on the water, and there, in the clear depth, they could see big, blue sharks laying for the offal that is thrown from the slaughter house.

Republican Palace and the complex of government buildings and luxury villas that abutted the Tigris River, thus seizing the administrative heart of the capital.

They must have come the back way, the same as the intruders, where the farm abutted a thousand acre exotic game preserve owned by some eccentric zillionaire.

They could just see these, partly hidden by a knoll that abutted from the plateau on which the homestead was placed.

The lower lip curved outward, making a platform that abutted at the height of perhaps a hundred feet upon a sinister-looking gorge below.

Here he reared a continuous rampart with a ditch in front of it, fair-sized forts, probably a dozen in number, built either close behind it or actually abutting on it, and a connecting road running from end to end.

It must be free of any appendages abutting upon the outside of the recurve at a right angle.

For example, a loop with an appendage abutting upon its recurve between the shoulders and at right angles, as in illustration 56, will appear sometimes as in illustration 57 with the recurve totally destroyed.

When figure 188 is examined, it will be noticed that the recurve is spoiled by the appendage abutting upon it between the shoulders at a right angle, so it must also be classified with the tented arches.

An appendage abutting upon a loop at right angles between the shoulders is considered to spoil the loop, while an appendage which flows off smoothly is considered to leave the recurve intact.