Abort meaning

ə-bôrt
To terminate (an undertaking or procedure) before implementation or completion.

Abort the launch of a rocket; abort a computer program.

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To stop the progress of (a disease, for example).
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To miscarry.
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To cease growth before full development or maturation.
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To terminate an undertaking or procedure before implementation or completion.
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The act of aborting an undertaking or procedure.
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To give birth before the embryo or fetus is viable; have a miscarriage.
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To fail to be completed.
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To fail to develop; stay rudimentary.
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To check (a disease) before fully developed.
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To cut short (an action or operation of an aircraft, spacecraft, etc.), as because of some failure in the equipment.
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A premature termination of a flight, mission, etc.
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To cease growth before full development or maturation.
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To stop the progress of a disease.
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(1) To exit a function or application without saving any data that has been changed.
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(now rare) The product of a miscarriage; an aborted offspring; an abortion. [First attested in the early 17th century.]
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(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.

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(computing) The function used to abort a process.
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(computing) An event involving the abort of a process.

We've had three aborts over the last two days.

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(intransitive) To miscarry; to bring forth offspring prematurely. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
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To end prematurely; to stop in the preliminary stages; to turn back. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
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(intransitive) To stop or fail at something in the preliminary stages. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
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(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.]
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(biology) To cause an organism to develop minimally; to cause rudimentary development to happen; to prevent maturation. [First attested in the mid 19th century.]
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(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.]
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(aeronautics) To terminate a mission involving a missile or rocket; to destroy a missile or rocket prematurely. [First attested in the mid 20th century.]
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To cause a premature termination of a foetus; to bring forth offspring prematurely; to end a pregnancy before term.
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(computing) To terminate a process prior to completion.
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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