abort

verb
\ ə-ˈbȯrt How to pronounce abort (audio) \
aborted; aborting; aborts

Definition of abort

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to bring forth stillborn, nonviable, or premature offspring
2 : to become checked in development so as to degenerate or remain rudimentary
3 : to terminate a procedure prematurely the pilot decided to abort due to mechanical difficulties

transitive verb

1a : to induce the abortion of or give birth to prematurely
b : to terminate the pregnancy of before term
2a : to terminate prematurely : cancel abort a project abort a spaceflight
b : to stop in the early stages abort a disease

abort

noun

Definition of abort (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

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Other Words from abort

Verb

aborter noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for abort

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of abort in a Sentence

Verb They decided to abort the pregnancy. abort the launch of a rocket I suggest that you abort the project. The mission had to be aborted. When problems occurred during the launch, it was necessary to abort.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The probe can decide on its own to abort at the last minute and try again later. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, "NASA’s Osiris-REx Mission Aims to Return Samples From Asteroid’s Surface," 20 Oct. 2020 Based on its simulations, the team estimates there is less than a 6% chance the spacecraft will abort the mission. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "NASA mission will touch down on asteroid Bennu today," 20 Oct. 2020 For Stewart, that means using his above-average strength to take on blockers and his surprising lateral quickness to clog running lanes and force running backs to abort their plans. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Stats fail to tell the story of how important Grover Stewart is to Colts defense," 9 Oct. 2020 But the team doesn’t want to take that chance: Using its cameras to navigate, the spacecraft will automatically abort its approach at an altitude of 5 meters if the site appears hazardous. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "A NASA mission is about to capture carbon-rich dust from a former water world," 8 Oct. 2020 Pence said that Biden would ban fracking, abolish fossil fuels, and abort the post-lockdown economic recovery with new taxes and regulations. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "Pence and Harris strike calmer tone than presidential debate but sharply contest the issues," 7 Oct. 2020 This last-second scrub delayed the mission for a few weeks as engineers investigated the issue and eventually determined that a ground systems regulator caused the launch to abort. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Delta IV Heavy rocket delayed again, raising concerns of aging infrastructure," 30 Sep. 2020 The National Transportation Safety Board said the probable cause of the incident in Tennessee was decisions by the pilots, including approaching the runway too fast and a failed attempt to abort the landing. Greg Wallace And Pete Muntean, CNN, "Pilots at fault in 2019 crash of plane carrying Dale Earnhardt Jr., regulators say," 23 Sep. 2020 The survival rate in adult animals is as low as 10 percent, and nearly 100 percent of infected sheep abort their pregnancies. Lois Parshley, Scientific American, "How Climate Change Is Making It Harder to Predict Outbreaks," 1 May 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Wednesday night's abort of the NROL-44 mission, coming just six minutes before midnight in Florida, is just the latest setback in the attempt to get this mission off the launch pad. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Delta IV Heavy scrubs again, ULA chief vows to change readiness operations," 1 Oct. 2020 The Delta 4 Heavy's abort was not expected to impact the Starlink launch. William Harwood, CBS News, "Dramatic last-second launch abort grounds NRO spy satellite," 29 Aug. 2020 So far in 2020, the company has launched 15 missions, including the suborbital Crew Dragon in-flight abort test on January 19. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SpaceX targets another Starlink launch Thursday to continue record pace," 3 Sep. 2020 United Launch Alliance teams have determined the cause behind a Delta IV Heavy rocket's dramatic, last-second abort late last month, Florida Today reports. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Delta IV Heavy gets a new date, SpaceX to destroy test tank," 11 Sep. 2020 As of Monday, United Launch Alliance was still attempting to determine exactly what caused a dramatic abort of a Delta IV Heavy launch just three seconds before liftoff on August 29. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Musk updates Super Heavy plan, China to launch spaceplane?," 4 Sep. 2020 This was an automatic abort during the ignition sequence. Caroline Glenn, orlandosentinel.com, "SpaceX planning to launch two rockets 9 hours apart on Sunday," 29 Aug. 2020 This was an automatic abort during the ignition sequence. William Harwood, CBS News, "Dramatic last-second launch abort grounds NRO spy satellite," 29 Aug. 2020 This was an automatic abort during the ignition sequence. David Williams, CNN, "A Delta IV Heavy rocket launch was scrubbed just seconds before liftoff," 29 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of abort

Verb

1540, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1944, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abort

Verb

in part borrowed from Latin abortus, past participle of aborīrī "to pass away, be lost, (of a fetus) miscarry, be aborted, (of a woman) miscarry," from ab- ab- + orīrī "to rise, come into existence, be born"; in part borrowed from Late Latin abortīre and abortīrī "(of a woman) to miscarry," derivatives of Latin aborīrī — more at orient entry 2

Noun

noun derivative of abort entry 1

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Time Traveler for abort

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The first known use of abort was in 1540

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Last Updated

31 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Abort.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abort. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for abort

abort

verb
How to pronounce abort (audio)

English Language Learners 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
\ ə-ˈbȯ(ə)rt How to pronounce abort (audio) \

Medical Definition of abort

: to bring forth premature or stillborn offspring the patient aborted spontaneously — compare miscarry

transitive verb

1a : to induce the abortion of or give birth to prematurely
b : to terminate the pregnancy of before term
2 : to stop in the early stages abort a disease

Other Words from abort

aborter noun
\ ə-ˈbȯrt How to pronounce abort (audio) \

Legal Definition of abort

: to induce the expulsion of (a human fetus)

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