abort

[ uh-bawrt ]
/ əˈbɔrt /

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

noun

a missile, rocket, etc., that has aborted.

Origin of abort

1570–80; < Latin abortus miscarried (past participle of aborīrī to disappear, miscarry) equivalent to ab- ab- + -or- come into being + -tus past participle suffix
Related formsun·a·bort·ed, adjective
Can be confusedaboard abort abroad
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British Dictionary definitions for abort

abort

/ (əˈbɔːt) /

verb

noun

the premature termination or failure of (a space flight, military operation, etc)

Word Origin for abort

C16: from Latin abortāre, from the past participle of aborīrī to miscarry, from ab- wrongly, badly + orīrī to appear, arise, be born
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Word Origin and History for abort

abort


v.

1570s, "to miscarry," from Latin abortus, past participle of aboriri "to miscarry" (see abortive); 1610s as "to deliberately terminate" anything, but especially a pregnancy, which seems to be the literal sense. Transitive meaning "to cause a woman to miscarry" is recorded from 1933. Related: Aborted; aborting.

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Medicine definitions for abort

abort

[ ə-bôrt ]

v.

To expel or cause to expel an embryo or fetus before it is viable.
To arrest a disease in its earliest stages.
To arrest in growth or development; to cause to remain rudimentary.
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