- 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.
- to be adjacent to; border on; end at.
- to support by an abutment.
Origin of abut
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Examples from the Web for abutting
"Just at the back of the house and abutting on the side of the road," I explained.The Motor Pirate
George Sidney Paternoster
Only one other location was left, the abutting shelf of some canyon.The Air Ship Boys
The sitting-room was on the ground-floor, abutting on the pavement.The Revolution in Tanner's Lane
A piece for holding a strap, and forming an abutting piece for a key.
They were stoutly built, too, of solid oak and abutting on strong lockers.The Great Mogul
- (usually foll by on, upon, or against) to adjoin, touch, or border on (something) at one end
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 abutting
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