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

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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 Each new headwind would have been a valid reason on its own to abort our plans. Jim Olson, Fortune, "After 2020, we all need a gap year," 25 Dec. 2020 Knowing when to take a calculated risk and when to abort are key, but small details like having really good coffee for your workers matter, too. Washington Post, "Expedition Deep Ocean: The First Descent to the Bottom of All Five of the World’s Oceans," 18 Dec. 2020 As for Starliner, its first orbital test mission had to abort before reaching ISS, and the second orbital test flight was delayed to 2021 because of software difficulties. Alexander William Salter, National Review, "SpaceX Success Proves the Final Frontier Is Open for Business," 20 Nov. 2020 Nearly all expecting mothers choose to take the test; of those who get a Down syndrome diagnosis, more than 95 percent choose to abort. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "The Last Children of Down Syndrome," 18 Nov. 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Sunday's launch of a Cargo Dragon to the International Space Station was the 24th successful one for SpaceX this year—including 23 orbital flights and a demonstration of Crew Dragon's abort system back in January. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: SN8 meets its fate, SLS Green Run tests to resume next week," 11 Dec. 2020 The launch was originally scheduled for August but problems with the rocket and launchpad equipment have posed multiple delays, including a rare abort after the engines had already been lit with just three seconds left in the countdown. Caroline Glenn, orlandosentinel.com, "ULA launches secret U.S. military spy satellite aboard powerful Delta IV Heavy rocket," 10 Dec. 2020 Then last year, its Dragon capsule exploded during a test of its abort engines. Washington Post, "Despite worries about Elon Musk’s coronavirus tests, SpaceX launch is a go — at least for now," 13 Nov. 2020 Relatively good weather is required for launch at the Kennedy Space Center and in the Atlantic Ocean along a northeasterly trajectory from Cape Canaveral to Ireland where the Crew Dragon could be forced to splash down in a launch abort. William Harwood, CBS News, "NASA and SpaceX tentatively clear Crew Dragon for launch to space station," 11 Nov. 2020 Later, SpaceX's Hans Koenigsmann explained that 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, "SpaceX launches Space Force mission, appears to settle engine issue [Updated]," 6 Nov. 2020 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

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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

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The first known use of abort was in 1540

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Last Updated

30 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Abort.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abort. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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