to bring forth a fetus from the uterus before the fetus is viable; miscarry.
to develop incompletely; remain in a rudimentary or undeveloped state.
to fail, cease, or stop at an early or premature stage.
Military. to fail to accomplish a purpose or mission for any reason other than enemy action.
Rocketry. (of a missile) to stop before the scheduled flight is completed.
to cause to bring forth (a fetus) from the uterus before the fetus is viable.
to cause (a pregnant female) to be delivered of a nonviable fetus.
to cause to cease or end at an early or premature stage: We aborted our vacation when the car broke down.
to terminate (a missile flight, mission, etc.) before completion.
to put down or quell in the early stages: Troops aborted the uprising.
a missile, rocket, etc., that has aborted.
- un·a·bort·ed, adjective
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How to use abort in a sentence
“Sandra Fluke Aborts Congressional Bid,” read another headline on Breitbart after Fluke opted to run instead for the state Senate.Sandra Fluke, Still Under Attack, Heads to California General Election | Olivia Nuzzi | June 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Because in the U.K. the same doctor that aborts one baby in the morning is delivering another one in the afternoon.Pro-Lifers Descend on U.N., Decrying Abortion as an ‘Act of Violence’ | Lizzie Crocker | March 8, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Absence of a single womanly trait aborts or debilitates the offspring.Once Aboard The Lugger | Arthur Stuart-Menteth Hutchinson
If the convulsions are severe the woman as a rule aborts, and often rapidly.The Ethics of Medical Homicide and Mutilation | Austin O'Malley
This sometimes aborts a fit, as biting a finger in which the aura commences may also do.Epilepsy, Hysteria, and Neurasthenia | Isaac G. Briggs
If an animal aborts unexpectedly she should be removed to separate quarters and given proper attention as promptly as possible.Special Report on Diseases of Cattle | U.S. Department of Agriculture
British Dictionary definitions for abort
to undergo or cause (a woman) to undergo the termination of pregnancy before the fetus is viable
(tr) to cause (a fetus) to be expelled from the womb before it is viable
(intr) to fail to come to completion; go wrong
(tr) to stop the development of; cause to be abandoned
(intr) to give birth to a dead or nonviable fetus
(of a space flight, military operation, etc) to fail or terminate prematurely
(intr) (of an organism or part of an organism) to fail to develop into the mature form
the premature termination or failure of (a space flight, military operation, etc)
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