Definitions for abortəˈbɔrt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to bring forth a fetus before it is viable.

    Category: Surgery

  2. to remain rudimentary, fail to develop, or develop incompletely.

    Category: Biology

  3. to fail or stop at an early or premature stage.

  4. to fail to accomplish a military objective for any reason other than enemy action.

    Category: Military

  5. (of a missile) to stop before the scheduled flight is completed.

    Category: Rocketry

  6. (v.t.)to cause to bring forth (a fetus) before it is viable.

    Category: Surgery

  7. to cause (a pregnant female) to be delivered of a nonviable fetus.

    Category: Pathology

  8. to cause to cease or end at an early or premature stage.

  9. to terminate (a missile flight, mission, etc.) before completion.

    Category: Military, Rocketry

  10. (n.)the termination of a missile flight, mission, etc., before completion.

    Category: Military, Rocketry

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

    Category: Military, Rocketry

Origin of abort:

1570–80; < L abortus, ptp. of aborīrī to disappear, miscarry =ab-ab - +orīrī to appear

Princeton's WordNet

  1. abort(verb)

    the act of terminating a project or procedure before it is completed

    "I wasted a year of my life working on an abort"; "he sent a short message requesting an abort due to extreme winds in the area"

  2. abort(verb)

    terminate before completion

    "abort the mission"; "abort the process running on my computer"

  3. abort(verb)

    cease development, die, and be aborted

    "an aborting fetus"

  4. abort(verb)

    terminate a pregnancy by undergoing an abortion

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. abort(verb)əbˈɔrt

    to stop a process

    The pilot had to abort the landing.

  2. abortəbˈɔrt

    to end a pregnancy

    She refused to abort her unborn child.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abort(verb)

    to miscarry; to bring forth young prematurely

  2. Abort(verb)

    to become checked in normal development, so as either to remain rudimentary or shrink away wholly; to become sterile

  3. Abort(noun)

    an untimely birth

  4. Abort(noun)

    an aborted offspring


  1. Abort

    Abort is the second album from the Boston, MA alternative band Tribe. It is also their major label debut after being signed up by Warner Bros. Records. The album was released in August 27, 1991, a year after "Here at the Home". The album is mostly re-recorded versions of tracks from "Here at the Home"; eight of the ten tracks from "Here at the Home" were re-recorded for "Abort", with four brand new tracks. Three singles were released from the album as EPs; "Easter Dinner", "Payphone", and "Joyride", the latter of which also spawned the band's first ever music video.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. abort

    1. To terminate a mission for any reason other than enemy action. It may occur at any point after the beginning of the mission and prior to its completion. 2. To discontinue aircraft takeoff or missile launch.

Anagrams of abort

  1. Boart

Translations for abort

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to lose or bring about the loss of (an unborn child) from the womb.

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