ə-ˈbend How to pronounce abend (audio)
plural abends
: the unexpected failure of a piece of computer software
As the average network administrator sleeps, nightmares of hardware failures and server abends compete for time against sweet dreams of what some technicians call nirvana, and others call a pipe dream—finding a network operating system that they can call secure.Kevin Novak, Network Computing, 16 Oct. 2000

Word History


abnormal end

First Known Use

1974, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of abend was in 1974

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“Abend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abend. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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