- to give birth before the embryo or fetus is viable; have a miscarriage
- to fail to be completed
- Biol. to fail to develop; stay rudimentary
Origin of abortClassical Latin abortare from abortus, past participle of aboriri, to miscarry, pass away, origin, originally , to set (as the sun) from ab-, from + oriri, to arise: see orient
- to end (a pregnancy) prematurely
- to cause (an embryo or fetus) to be expelled so as to end its life
- to cause to have an abortion
- to check (a disease) before fully developed
- to cut short (an action or operation of an aircraft, spacecraft, etc.), as because of some failure in the equipment
verba·bort·ed, a·bort·ing, a·borts
- a. To terminate (a pregnancy) by abortion.b. To cause the expulsion of (an embryo or fetus) by abortion.c. To undergo the abortion of (an embryo or fetus).d. To miscarry (an embryo or fetus).
- To terminate (an undertaking or procedure) before implementation or completion: abort the launch of a rocket; abort a computer program.
- To stop the progress of (a disease, for example).
- To miscarry.
- To cease growth before full development or maturation.
- To terminate an undertaking or procedure before implementation or completion.
Origin of abortLatin abortāre frequentative of aborīrī abort- to disappear, miscarry ab- away ; see ab- 1. orīrī to appear ; see er-1 in Indo-European roots.
- (now rare) The product of a miscarriage; an aborted offspring; an abortion. [First attested in the early 17th century.]
- (military, aeronautics) An early termination of a mission, action, or procedure in relation to missiles or spacecraft; the craft making such a mission.
- We've had aborts on three of our last seven launches.
- (computing) The function used to abort a process.
- (computing) An event involving the abort of a process.
- We've had three aborts over the last two days.
(third-person singular simple present aborts, present participle aborting, simple past and past participle aborted)
- (intransitive) To miscarry; to bring forth offspring prematurely. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
- To end prematurely; to stop in the preliminary stages; to turn back. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
- (intransitive) To stop or fail at something in the preliminary stages. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
- (intransitive, biology) 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.]
- (biology) To cause an organism to develop minimally; to cause rudimentary development to happen; to prevent maturation. [First attested in the mid 19th century.]
- (intransitive, military) To fail or abandon a mission for any reason other than enemy action. It may occur at any point after the beginning of the mission and prior to its completion. [First attested in the mid 20th century.]
- (aeronautics) To terminate a mission involving a missile or rocket; to destroy a missile or rocket prematurely. [First attested in the mid 20th century.]
- To cause a premature termination of a foetus; to bring forth offspring prematurely; to end a pregnancy before term.
- (computing) To terminate a process prior to completion.
abort - Computer Definition
(1) To exit a function or application without saving any data that has been changed.
(2) To stop a transmission.