- 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 abut
There is some debate about how this will affect clinics that abut sidewalks or public streets.The Supreme Court Lets Abortion Clinics Protect Themselves
June 26, 2014
With a few exceptions, they are charged with no atmosphere and abut at no climax.Modernities
Horace Barnett Samuel
I come to talk to you abut M. de Boiscoran, my betrothed, my husband.Within an Inch of His Life
Charlie, who came in last, did not abut the door behind him.Through the Fray
G. A. Henty
The need of some central building, against which these additions may abut, will be felt.The Ground Plan of the English Parish Church
A. Hamilton Thompson
But he perceived with surprise that the pillar did not abut immediately on the wall, as he had supposed.With Drake on the Spanish Main
- (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 abut
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