Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

abort

play
verb \ə-ˈbȯrt\

Simple Definition of abort

  • : to end a pregnancy deliberately by causing the death of the fetus

  • : to stop something before it is completed because of problems or danger

Full Definition of abort

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to bring forth stillborn, nonviable, or premature offspring

  3. 2 :  to become checked in development so as to degenerate or remain rudimentary

  4. 3 :  to terminate a procedure prematurely <the pilot decided to abort due to mechanical difficulties>

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 a :  to induce the abortion of or give birth to prematurely b :  to terminate the pregnancy of before term

  7. 2 a :  to terminate prematurely :  cancel <abort a project> <abort a spaceflight> b :  to stop in the early stages <abort a disease>

abort·er noun

Examples of abort

  1. They decided to abort the pregnancy.

  2. abort the launch of a rocket

  3. I suggest that you abort the project.

  4. The mission had to be aborted.

  5. When problems occurred during the launch, it was necessary to abort.



Origin of abort

Latin abortus, past participle of aboriri to miscarry, from ab- + oriri to rise, be born — more at orient


First Known Use: 1540


2

abort

noun

Definition of abort

  1. :  the premature termination of a flight (as of an aircraft or spacecraft), a mission, or an action or procedure relating to a flight <a launch abort>



1944

First Known Use of abort

1944


Medical Dictionary

abort

play
intransitive verb \ə-ˈbȯ(ə)rt\

Medical Definition of abort

  1. :  to bring forth premature or stillborn offspring <the patient aborted spontaneously>—compare miscarry

  2. transitive verb

  3. 1a:  to induce the abortion of or give birth to prematurelyb:  to terminate the pregnancy of before term

  4. 2:  to stop in the early stages <abort a disease>

  5. abort·er noun





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up abort? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 13, 2016

a trying or distressing experience

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image33683556

How much does a batman (the Turkish unit of measurement) weigh?

16.96 pounds 2.2 pounds 196.5 pounds 100 pounds
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ