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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


  1. Abort(v. i.)

    to stop, cease, or fail prior to normal completion.

    Etymology: [L. abortare, fr. abortus, p. p. of aboriri; ab + oriri to rise, to be born. See Orient.]

  2. Abort(v. t.)

    to cause (an action or process) to stop at an early stage, or before normal completion; as, to abort a rocket flight.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abort(verb)

    to miscarry; to bring forth young prematurely

    Etymology: [L. abortus, fr. aboriri.]

  2. Abort(verb)

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

    Etymology: [L. abortus, fr. aboriri.]

  3. Abort(noun)

    an untimely birth

    Etymology: [L. abortus, fr. aboriri.]

  4. Abort(noun)

    an aborted offspring

    Etymology: [L. abortus, fr. aboriri.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Abort

    ab-ort′, v.i. to miscarry in birth: to remain in a rudimentary state.—n. Abor′tion, premature delivery, or the procuring of such: anything that does not reach maturity: a mis-shapen being or monster.—adj. Abort′ive, born untimely: unsuccessful: producing nothing: brought forth in an imperfect condition: rudimentary.—adv. Abort′ively.—n. Abort′iveness. [L. aborīri, abortusab, from, away, orīri, to rise.]

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.

How to pronounce abort?

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How to say abort in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of abort in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of abort in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of abort in a Sentence

  1. Zhang Yongli:

    My biggest worry was my wife had been ill for a while before she got pregnant, and had not fully recovered when she suddenly learned that she was pregnant with five babies, we inquired about the possibility of having the number reduced, but were told that it wasn't possible to abort some babies without putting all [at] risk, and so we decided it was all or nothing and to take the risk. It was my wife's choice, and I supported her.

  2. Seneca:

    We should every night call ourselves to an account; What infirmity have I mastered today? What passions opposed? What temptation resisted? What virtue acquired? Our vices will abort of themselves if they be brought every day to the shrift.

  3. Vojislav Seselj:

    I can't wait for the European Union to abort talks with Serbia over my behavior, it is my goal that Serbia should never become a member of the European Union.

  4. Homer Ahr:

    In Gene Kranz demanding, commanding and very monotone voice, [ Kranz ] said, We have just locked the doors and we are locked in this room together. We will leave this room together when one of three things happen we land, abort or crash. After Gene Kranz said that, if you didnt know this was important before, you knew it then.

  5. Deng Jiyuan:

    I'm angry and want justice, they forced her to abort our seven-month-old child -- do they deserve to be called Communist Party officials who served the people?

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  • يجهضArabic
  • аборт, помятане, помятам, абортирамBulgarian
  • avortament, avortarCatalan, Valencian
  • potratitCzech
  • erthyluWelsh
  • Abbruch, abbrechen, Abort, SchwangerschaftsabbruchGerman
  • abortar, abortoSpanish
  • katkestus, katkestamineEstonian
  • سقط جنینPersian
  • keskeyttää, keskenmeno, abortoida, [[tehdä]] [[abortti]], keskonen, keskeytysFinnish
  • s'arrêter, fausse couche, avorter, abandonner, interrompre, échouer, avortonFrench
  • vetélésHungarian
  • fermare, fallire, abortire, interrompereItalian
  • whakataheMāori
  • aborteren, stoppen, annulerenDutch
  • abortarOccitan
  • abortado, abortar, cancelar, aborto, abort, abortamento, perderPortuguese
  • avort, întrerupere de sarcinăRomanian
  • аборт, выкидышRussian
  • pobaciti, pobačajSerbo-Croatian
  • abortera, förkrympa, stoppa, missfall, rudimentär, avbryta, abortSwedish
  • aviyaSwahili
  • கலைக்கTamil
  • గర్భస్రావం, గర్భ విచ్ఛిత్తి, అకాల ప్రసవం, నిలుపు, నిలిచిపోవు, ఆగిపోవు, గర్భపాతం, గర్భోత్పాటనం, ఆపుTelugu
  • hủy bỏVietnamese

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