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

abandon, call, call off, cancel, cry off, drop, recall, repeal, rescind, revoke, scrap, scrub

Antonyms: Verb

continue, keep

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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

For some lawmakers, his recent threat, since aborted, to impose a 5% tariff on everything that crosses the border from Mexico was the last straw. William Hauk, The Conversation, "How Congress lost power over trade deals – and why some lawmakers want it back," 9 July 2019 Trump’s decision to abort the raid did not go down well with Republican hawks. Doyle Mcmanus, latimes.com, "The ‘Trump Doctrine’: He’d rather talk than fight," 23 June 2019 The decision to abort his climb short of the summit wasn't the hardest decision of Brennan's life. Sheila Vilvens, Cincinnati.com, "Mount Everest summit was within sight. Why did University of Cincinnati grad stop?," 16 June 2019 During an interview earlier this year, Chris Ferguson, the director of Starliner crew and mission systems, explained how the launch pad abort test in New Mexico would work. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Boeing suffers a setback with Starliner’s pad abort test [Updated]," 21 July 2018 President Donald Trump aborted a strike just last week in the wake of Iran's downing of a U.S. drone. Editors, USA TODAY, "Democratic debate 2019, Iran-U.S. tensions, Supreme Court terms ends: 5 things to know Thursday," 27 June 2019 The mission was aborted, but Armstrong and Scott landed safely back on Earth. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "What it takes to be an astronaut: the real 'right stuff'," 17 June 2019 The seasoned business commuters among us began comparing notes: flights aborted for mechanical issues, for monsoons. Lisa Wells, Harper's magazine, "Nightmares at 20,000 Feet," 10 Apr. 2019 But now Boeing will move the pad abort test—which ensures the ability of the spacecraft to pull rapidly away from its rocket in the event of an emergency during liftoff or ascent into space—to next spring. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Boeing shifts schedule for Starliner, calls 2019 crew launch “realistic”," 1 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The capsule continued upward another 2 miles (3 kilometers), then flipped to jettison the abort tower. Washington Post, "NASA launches Orion crew capsule to test abort system," 2 July 2019 The capsule continued upward another two miles (3 kilometers), then flipped to jettison the abort tower. NBC News, "NASA launches Orion crew capsule to test abort system," 2 July 2019 The three-minute launch-abort test took place at 6 a.m. CDT this morning at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Lee Roop | Lroop@al.com, al.com, "Watch dramatic footage of NASA’s successful ‘launch abort test’ today," 2 July 2019 In anticipation of a possible abort, Aldrin had insisted that the spacecraft’s rendezvous radar remain turned on. Stephen Witt, WIRED, "Apollo 11: Mission Out of Control," 24 June 2019 But the abort target tries to get you to a point that simplifies the rendezvous. Jennifer Bogo, Popular Mechanics, "The Oral History of Apollo 11," 17 July 2018 These trailblazing servers were supposed to return to Earth in 2018, but lost their ticket home in the scheduling aftermath that followed the 2018 launch abort of a Russian capsule. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Saga of a Stranded Space Station Supercomputer," 18 Mar. 2019 However, the Foreshadow researchers found a way to bypass the abort page semantics. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Intel’s SGX blown wide open by, you guessed it, a speculative execution attack," 14 Aug. 2018 Moreover, a recent report from the US Government Accountability Office raised concerns about tumbling with some Starliner abort scenarios. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Boeing suffers a setback with Starliner’s pad abort test [Updated]," 21 July 2018

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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 1

Noun

noun derivative of abort entry 1

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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
\ 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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