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abut

[uh-buht] /əˈbʌt/
verb (used without object), abutted, abutting.
1.
to be adjacent; touch or join at the edge or border (often followed by on, upon, or against):
This piece of land abuts on a street.
verb (used with object), abutted, abutting.
2.
to be adjacent to; border on; end at.
3.
to support by an abutment.
Origin of abut
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English < Middle French, Old French abuter touch at one end, verbal derivative of a but to (the) end; see a-5, butt2
Related forms
unabutting, adjective
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Examples from the Web for abutted
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  • The cottage that abutted on the churchyard was empty, and no other house stood near.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • Opening the door that abutted on to a field beyond, he bade Hogan mount.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • At length they paused in front of a chapel that abutted close on to the street.

    Her Benny Silas Kitto Hocking
  • As he said this we were passing a house the long whitewashed front of which abutted glimmering on the road.

    The Adventures of Harry Revel

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • At that moment Napoleon, in a round hat and plain citizen's cloak, turned out of the alley which abutted on the terrace.

  • He ran down the passage, and found him sure enough at the end of it where it abutted on the street.

    The King of Schnorrers Israel Zangwill
  • With this object in view, we reconnoitred the British cemetery which abutted on the hospital grounds.

    Caught by the Turks Francis Yeats-Brown
  • He vanished behind a laburnum, and appeared again clambering over a fence that abutted on the open down.

    The Invisible Man H. G. Wells
  • Seeking a willow island which abutted on the channel, we made a tent of the sail and stood the brief storm quite comfortably.

  • The nave is flanked with the usual aisles, which in turn are abutted with ten chapels on either side.

British Dictionary definitions for abutted

abut

/əˈbʌt/
verb abuts, abutting, abutted
1.
usually foll by on, upon, or against. to adjoin, touch, or border on (something) at one end
Word Origin
C15: from Old French abouter to join at the ends, border on; influenced by abuter to touch at an end, buttress
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Word Origin and History for abutted

abut

v.

mid-13c., "to end at, to border on," from Old French aboter "join end to end, touch upon" (13c.), from à "to" (see ad-) + bout "end" (see butt (n.3)). Related: Abutted; abutting.

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