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 Prenatal testing can also in rare cases be wrong, and some parents will choose not to abort or not to test at all. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "The Last Children of Down Syndrome," 18 Nov. 2020 The Crew Dragon capsule could abort the mission along its northeastern trajectory during an emergency, forcing an astronaut rescue at sea. Rick Neale, USA TODAY, "Officials expect up to 250,000 day-trippers for Saturday's SpaceX launch in Florida," 13 Nov. 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun SpaceX conducted in an-flight abort test in January, exploding a Falcon 9 rocket in midair just to watch the capsule automatically eject, parachute, and land safely in the ocean. Washington Examiner, "Space Force’s Guardian Angels: The crack squad that keeps astronauts alive if things go wrong," 20 Nov. 2020 More recently, SpaceX had to resolve a subtle Falcon 9 engine problem that triggered a launch abort October 2 that grounded a U.S. Space Force navigation satellite. William Harwood, CBS News, "NASA ushering in new era with first operational launch of SpaceX Crew Dragon carrying 4 astronauts," 15 Nov. 2020 Unlike the Space Shuttle, which had no abort capability, the Crew Dragon is equipped with emergency escape engines that can pull the capsule away from the rocket in case anything goes wrong. Washington Post, "Despite worries about Elon Musk’s coronavirus tests, SpaceX launch is a go — at least for now," 13 Nov. 2020 During a teleconference with reporters on Wednesday, SpaceX's Hans Koenigsmann explained what happened with the October 2 launch abort and what has been done to address the issue going forward. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: SpaceX hits the century mark, vote for Atlas V on Election Day," 30 Oct. 2020 Two of the rocket's nine first-stage engines ignited early during the early-October launch attempt, and this triggered an automatic abort of the engines. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "How a tiny bit of lacquer grounded new Falcon 9 rockets for a month," 28 Oct. 2020 But the flight was delayed from this month to next in the wake of a turbopump issue with one or more engines in a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that triggered a launch abort October 2 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. William Harwood, CBS News, "NASA retargets next SpaceX Crew Dragon launch to space station for November 14," 26 Oct. 2020 Weather conditions for the Demo-2 mission need to be clear out over the Atlantic Ocean at dozens of possible abort locations in the flight path. Jay Bennett, National Geographic, "SpaceX and NASA launch delayed due to Florida storms," 27 May 2020 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

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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

Time Traveler

The first known use of abort was in 1540

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Last Updated

24 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Abort.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abort. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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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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