\ ə-ˈbend How to pronounce abend (audio) , ˈab-ˌend \
plural abends

Definition of abend

: 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

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First Known Use of abend

1974, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abend

abnormal end

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“Abend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abend. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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