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

He was forced to cancel tour dates in February last year due to the flu, and last January he was forced to abort a concert in San Diego, Calif., due to breathing difficulties. Mike Miller, EW.com, "Willie Nelson cancels another tour due to 'breathing problem'," 8 Aug. 2019 The goal is for these machines to reach a consensus—either all agreeing to proceed or all agreeing to abort. Cal Newport, The New Yorker, "Was E-mail a Mistake?," 6 Aug. 2019 SpaceX first tried to do the flight on Wednesday, July 24th, but had to abort right after igniting the engine. Loren Grush, The Verge, "SpaceX’s new test rocket briefly hovers during first free flight," 26 July 2019 The computer processor on the Apollo 11's lunar module nearly overloaded as the craft neared the moon, which could have forced Armstrong and Aldrin to abort, according to Google, which is honoring Hamilton on the lunar landing anniversary. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "11 things to know about the historic Apollo 11 mission," 20 July 2019 In April 1970, an oxygen tank on the Apollo 13 spacecraft exploded, forcing the astronauts to abort their trip to the moon. Alex Stuckey, Houston Chronicle, "Listen: It's not 1969, and the moon landing did not just happen," 19 July 2019 If the descent rate increased to 35 feet per second, the crew would have to abort and make an emergency climb back to orbit. William Harwood, CBS News, "50 years later, Apollo 11's "one giant leap" remains a defining moment in human history," 14 July 2019 In pre-monsoon time, bad weather can force the pilot to abort several attempts. Amrit Dhillon, The Seattle Times, "Poll workers journey to reach India’s most remote voters," 14 Apr. 2019 White House officials have declined to explain why Pence aborted the July 2 trip, saying only that the reason would eventually become known. Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY, "Report: Pence canceled trip to avoid contact with an alleged drug dealer," 22 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Crew Dragon in question was launched on a successful unpiloted test flight to the station in March and was being prepared for an in-flight test of its emergency abort system. William Harwood, CBS News, "Explosion that destroyed SpaceX Crew Dragon is blamed on leaking valve," 15 July 2019 Congratulations to our @NASA_Orion team on a successful test of the launch abort system! Fox News, "Watch NASA launch its Orion Moon capsule atop a missile in spectacular safety test," 3 July 2019 The launch abort system won’t be needed for Artemis 1 as the first test mission won’t carry astronauts. Chabeli Herrera, orlandosentinel.com, "NASA’s Orion astronaut capsule endures intense test over the Space Coast. Up next: The moon," 2 July 2019 Last October, a launch abort system on a Russian rocket saved the lives of two astronauts. NBC News, "NASA launches Orion crew capsule to test abort system," 2 July 2019 Work on the launch abort system largely has been conducted at Johnson Space Center in Houston. Alex Stuckey, Houston Chronicle, "Here's how to watch NASA's test of Orion abort system live today," 1 July 2019 The company believes that the problem originated with the Crew Dragon’s emergency abort system, which consists of a series of small thrusters embedded within the capsule. Loren Grush, The Verge, "SpaceX finally reveals cause of April spacecraft explosion," 15 July 2019 The company has several Dragon capsules in production, and once ground tests are complete the next step will be to perform an in-flight abort test. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "A Leaky Component Caused the SpaceX Crew Dragon Explosion," 15 July 2019 SpaceX had planned to use the same capsule for an in-flight abort test originally scheduled for this summer, which would have tested its emergency escape system. Samantha Masunagastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "SpaceX capsule explosion means it probably won’t fly astronauts until 2020," 15 July 2019

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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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