Abort Definition

ə-bôrt
aborted, aborting, aborts
verb
To end (a pregnancy) prematurely.
Webster's New World
To cause (an embryo or fetus) to be expelled so as to end its life.
Webster's New World
To cause to have an abortion.
Webster's New World
To give birth before the embryo or fetus is viable; have a miscarriage.
Webster's New World
To fail to be completed.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
carry to termkeepcontinue
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noun
The act of aborting an undertaking or procedure.
American Heritage
A premature termination of a flight, mission, etc.
Webster's New World

(now rare) The product of a miscarriage; an aborted offspring; an abortion. [First attested in the early 17th century.]

Wiktionary

(computing) The function used to abort a process.

Wiktionary

(computing) An event involving the abort of a process.

We've had three aborts over the last two days.
Wiktionary
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Other Word Forms of Abort

Noun

Singular:
abort
Plural:
aborts

Origin of Abort

  • Latin abortāre frequentative of aborīrī abort- to disappear, miscarry ab- away ab–1 orīrī to appear er-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Latin abortus, perfect active participle of aborior (“miscarry”), formed from ab + orior (“come into being”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Latin abortare, from abortus, from aboriri (“miscarry”), from ab- (“not”) + oriri (“come into being, arise, appear”).

    From Wiktionary

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