Abut meaning

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To border upon or end at; be next to.
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To support as an abutment.
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To end (on) or lean (upon) at one end; border (on); terminate (against)
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To end at; border upon.
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To touch or end at one end or side; lie adjacent.
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The definition of abut is to touch or be next to something.

An example of abut is the shoulder that borders a road.

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To adjoin; to border on; to cease at the point of contact; to connect or join at a border; to share a common border with.
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(intransitive) 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.]

It was a time when Germany still abutted upon Russia.

His land abuts on the road.

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(intransitive) To lean against on one end; to end on, of a part of a building or wall. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
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To border upon; be next to; abut on; be adjacent to; to support by an abutment. [First attested in the mid 19th century.]
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Origin of abut

  • Middle English abutten from Old French abouter to border on (a- to) (from Latin ad- ad–) (bouter to strike bhau- in Indo-European roots) and from Old French abuter to end at (from but end butt4)

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

  • (of an estate): From Medieval Latin (Anglo-Latin) abuttare, from abuter (“to touch at one end, to come to an end, aim, reach”), from but (“end, aim, purpose”); akin to Old Norse butr (“piece of wood”). Equivalent to a- (“to”) +‎ butt (“boundary mark”).

    From Wiktionary