abort·​ed | \ə-ˈbȯr-təd \

Definition of aborted 

1 : stopped before completion especially because of problems or danger an aborted rocket launch

2 : failing to achieve the desired result : ending without success : abortive He made several aborted attempts to escape.

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The pump itself is adapted from the UK's aborted Blue Steel cruise missile, and it's designed to supply the rocket with more than 10 gallons of HTP every second. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Bloodhound SSC: How do you build a car capable of 1,000mph?," 24 Nov. 2018 The other shipped out in boxcars along the rail line in an aborted British attempt to capture Vologda, a transportation hub about 460 miles south of Archangel. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "The One Time American Troops Fought Russians Was at the End of World War I—and They Lost," 9 Nov. 2018 The Securities and Exchange Commission has sued Tesla CEO Elon Musk for securities fraud after his aborted attempt to take the company private earlier this summer. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Elon Musk sued by SEC over ‘funding secured’ tweet," 27 Sep. 2018 Last season was one wild ride for the San Antonio Symphony: An aborted takeover by major funders, the brief cancellation of the season and the formation of a city/county task force to try to find solutions to long-standing problems. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, "After a bumpy season, the San Antonio Symphony in a stronger, sunnier place," 3 July 2018 Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn reportedly investigated the family real estate firm once run by Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner after an aborted effort by USIF to help the Kushners raise $150 million in visa money in China. Washington Post, "Immigration firm seems to thrive after Trump lawyer’s help," 11 June 2018 Every aborted rocket launch and every experiment that does not work the way a scientist or engineer anticipates, reminds us that space is hard to master — and that a change in direction is not a failure, but a symbol of discipline and courage. Carie Lemack, Space.com, "Apollo 13's Importance: How Failure Can Lead to Great Success," 31 May 2018 The new people mover system comes after numerous aborted rail plans, including a bullet train from LAX to Las Vegas, another high-speed rail line from LAX to San Diego and the Green Line, which was supposed to go to LAX but never did. Shelby Grad, latimes.com, "Will LAX people mover be a game-changer for travelers using the airport? L.A. hopes so," 12 Apr. 2018 Filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission from an early, aborted 1999 Starboard deal show that Levine's three companies were valued together at $47 million. David Smiley, Joey Flechas And Danny Rivero, miamiherald, "Hustle and Flow: How Philip Levine made the money that’s financing his bid for governor," 10 July 2018

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1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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