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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Verb

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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 Many women in traditional families also chose to abort female fetuses to save their one-child quota to have a son. Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2021 Because Crew Dragon can abort a launch and escape from a failing rocket, sea recovery teams need to be prepared in the event that Crew-3 splashes down in the Atlantic Ocean. Emre Kelly, USA TODAY, 9 Nov. 2021 But Washington can abort a decade of progress by issuing an unnecessary affront to Indian sovereignty and dignity, and in the end what purpose would that serve? Loren Thompson, Forbes, 18 Oct. 2021 Passengers were taken off a Spirit Airlines plane in New Jersey on Saturday evening after a jet fire forced the pilots to abort takeoff. Doha Madani, NBC News, 3 Oct. 2021 By far the worst poison cast into the well of our constitutional politics has been the creation of the right to abort an unborn child. Matthew J. Franck, National Review, 12 Sep. 2021 If there is a heartbeat, the physician may not abort the child. Bryan Hughes, WSJ, 12 Sep. 2021 A few years later her mom got pregnant again, with her, and rejected doctors’ advice to abort. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, 30 Sep. 2021 According to multiple sources in the company, the safest way to respond to the warning would have been to abort. Nicholas Schmidl, The New Yorker, 1 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun It's not known what plans SpaceX might have in place to rescue the Inspiration4 crew if an abort or unplanned landing should happen. William Harwood, CBS News, 13 Sep. 2021 Instead, even as fires rose around the three cores, the rocket stayed put during a hotfire abort. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 30 Sep. 2020 After examining the data, Virgin Galactic released information saying the abort was due to a bad computer connection and there was no hardware issue. Valerie Stimac, Forbes, 22 May 2021 The abort system has been successfully tested three times in flight. William Harwood, CBS News, 9 July 2021 The abort system has been successfully tested in flight to mimic failures during the most stressful regimes of flight. William Harwood, CBS News, 7 June 2021 The spacecraft is also equipped with an abort system designed to jettison the New Shepard capsule and passengers away from the rocket in case of emergency. Jackie Wattles, CNN, 10 June 2021 While the odds of an in-flight abort are remote, flight rules require acceptable off-shore conditions before a Crew Dragon is cleared for launch. William Harwood, CBS News, 21 Apr. 2021 The company said the abort was triggered by electromagnetic interference from a flight computer system that caused the motor to shut down. Washington Post, 22 May 2021

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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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More Definitions for abort

abort

verb

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

abort

intransitive verb
\ 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

abort

transitive verb
\ ə-ˈbȯrt How to pronounce abort (audio) \

Legal Definition of abort

: to induce the expulsion of (a human fetus)

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