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Friday, June 17, 2011

Definitions for abut

  1. To be adjacent; touch or join at the edge or border.
  2. To end at.

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Citations for abut
All these enclosures abut upon the river at one end, and on a house at the other. Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
Most of Williamson Street has buildings that abut the sidewalk, Ross said, but the ongoing construction there doesn't change the rules. Devin Rose, "Just Ask Us: Are you allowed to ride bikes on sidewalks in Madison?" Wisconsin State Journal, May, 2011
Origin of abut
late Middle English
1425-1475
Abut relates to the Old French abuter, "to touch at one end," but also verbally relates to "of a but to" the end of something, and perhaps derives influence from the English butt, or "ending."