abort·​ed | \ ə-ˈbȯr-təd How to pronounce aborted (audio) \

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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Blake Wright, a veteran energy reporter from Houston, decided to ask what might have been and go beyond internet searches to the men and women who worked on these aborted lines. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "Meet the Man Chronicling the Lost World of Toys That Never Were," 27 Feb. 2019 The two crew members aboard the Soyuz sustained no injuries from the aborted launch, but did experience extreme G-forces (up to 6.7 times normal Earth gravity) on their unexpected, 31-mile trip back home. James Vincent, The Verge, "Watch the Russian rocket failure that forced two astronauts to make an emergency landing," 1 Nov. 2018 That divide ranges from aborted projects to lethal fires to midair explosions. Carie Lemack, Space.com, "Apollo 13's Importance: How Failure Can Lead to Great Success," 31 May 2018 This is the second attempt to build such a thing, following an aborted project that involved mounting a giant laser on a Boeing 747. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Military Will Try to Make a Missile-Destroying Laser Drone," 15 June 2017 By contrast, only in Pakistan did the aborted Dutch contest appear to stoke emotions in a notable way. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "Pakistani Prior Restraint in Holland," 6 Sep. 2018 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

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First Known Use of aborted

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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