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Definition of the noun abort

What does abort mean as a name of something?


  1. the act of terminating a project or procedure before it is completed
    • examples: 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
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: conclusion / ending / termination = the act of ending something

Alternative definition of the noun abort


  1. [obsolete] A miscarriage; an untimely birth; an abortion.
  2. [context: now rare] The product of a miscarriage; an aborted offspring; an abortion.
  3. [computing] The function used to abort a process.
  4. [computing] An event involving the abort of a process.
  5. [military] An early termination of a mission.

Definition of the verb abort

What does abort mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: aborted | aborting | aborts

  1. terminate before completion
    • examples: abort the mission | abort the process running on my computer
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic words: end / terminate = bring to an end or halt
  2. cease development, die, and be aborted
  3. terminate a pregnancy by undergoing an abortion

Definition of the verb abort for high school students

    to give up on a half-finished project or effort
    • example: After they ran out of food, the men, attempting to jump rope around the world, had to abort and go home.

The verb abort is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.


"Abort" is a 1970 Norwegian drama film directed by Vibeke Løkkeberg. It follows a young girl from the moment she discovers that she is pregnant, to the point where a doctor makes the decision about whether she is granted an abortion.

  • country: Norway
  • language: Norwegian Language
  • genre: Drama
  • released in (45 years ago)


  1. "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".
  2. "Abort" is a composition.


Abort: In a computer or data transmission system, to abort means to terminate, usually in a controlled manner, a processing activity because it is impossible or undesirable for the activity to proceed. Such an action may be accompanied by diagnostic information on the aborted process.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Abort

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Google previewTourists in Space (2008)

A Practical Guide by Erik Seedhouse

A Pad Abort is an event in which the vehicle remains on the launch pad but an anomaly prevents launch.

Google previewIt's Perfectly Normal (2014)

Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health by Robie H. Harris

The word abort means to stop or to end something at an early stage. An abortion is usually performed in a clinic or a hospital by a doctor or other trained health- care professional and is a safe procedure, especially when done early in the ...

Google previewSystem Software and Software Systems (1993)

Concepts and Methodology by Teodor Rus, Dana Rus

Aborts: An abort is an operation issued by a program, which is undefined either in the hardware or in the software. In contrast to the other exceptions which require a continuation of the initiating operation, the operation generating this kind of ...

Google previewPacket Switching And X.25 Networks (2003)

by Simon Poulton

The abort is a sequence of seven or more contiguous one bits that is defined in the X.25 recommendation for this type of situation. Since this number of one bits contravenes the normal rules for frame construction, it is easy for the receiving ...

Google previewSystems Methodology for Software (1993)

by Teodor Rus, Daniela Rus

Aborts: An abort is an operation issued by a program, which is undefined either in the hardware or in the software. In contrast to the other exceptions which require a continuation of the initiating operation, the operation generating this kind of ...

Google previewPrinciples of Distributed Database Systems (2011)

by M. Tamer Özsu, Patrick Valduriez

As we indicated before, abort is an indication of transaction failure. Since the buffer manager may have written the updated pages into the stable database, abort will have to undo the actions of the transaction. Therefore, the LRM reads the log ...

Google previewThe Medical Herald (1895)

PORTER said abort Is an unfortunate and misleading word. We can decrease toe intensity and cut shorter the duration of an attack with such remedies. It cannot be abortion in any germ disease. DR. J. B. HERRICK said in experience with over ...

Google previewBeyond Accommodation (1999)

Ethical Feminism, Deconstruction, and the Law by Drucilla Cornell

The right to abort is the right to defend against a particular bodily and existential invasion.” For West, this process of translation of the harms suffered by women into legally established rights should reflect woman's fundamental experience of ...

Google previewProceedings of the ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Functional Programming (ICFP '99), Paris, France, September 27-29, 1999 (1999)

The only instruction whose effect would need to be rolled back in the event of an abort is the instruction that moves the newly allocated store-list entry into the store-list register si. We placed this instruction at the end of the sequence, just before ...

Google previewThe Boston Medical and Surgical Journal (1896)

Porter said abort is an unfortunate and misleading word. We can decrease the intensity and cut shorter the duration of an attack with such remedies. Abortion of any germ disease is impossible. Dr. J. B. Herrick said that in an experience ...

Google previewDictionary of Space Technology (2013)

by Joseph Angelo

abort 1. To cancel, cut short, or break off an action, operation, or procedure with an aircraft, space ...

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of System Safety (2011)

Definition of Terms and Concepts by Clifton A. Ericson, II

CHAPTER 2 ABORT An abort is the premature termination of the mission, operation, function, procedure, task, and so on before intended completion. An abort is generally necessary because something has unexpectedly gone wrong, and it is ...

Google previewThe Facts on File Dictionary of Space Technology, Revised Edition (2009)

by Joseph A. Angelo

abort modes like, especially because of equipment failure. For example, the LUNAR landing mission was aborted during the Apollo 13 flight. 2. In defense, failure to accomplish a military mission for any reason other than enemy action.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Gender and Society (2009)

by Jodi O'Brien

Although some parents may be unwilling to abort a fetus that is already growing in a mother's uterus because of its sex, more parents are willing to engage in prenatal sex-selection when the sex of the fetus can be selected before the woman ...

Google previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...

Those women who present a strongly-marked nervous or sanguine temperament seem to abort with singular facility; and the same tendency is ob served in those 111 whom the catamenial or monthly discharge is abundant or excessive.

Google previewEncyclopaedia Metropolitana, Or, Universal Dictionary of Knowledge (1845)

Comprising the Twofold Advantage of a Philosophical and an Alphabetical Arrangement, with Appropriate Engravings by Edward Smedley, Hugh James Rose, Henry John Rose


Google previewEncyclopedia of Medicine in the Bible and the Talmud (2000)

by Fred Rosner

Thus, a woman may abort a sandal-like fetus (Bechorot 44a), or a bag full of manycolored substances, or something resembling fish or locusts or reptiles or creeping things (Bechorot 47b). A miscarriage may have the shape of cattle or beast of ...

Google previewDictionary of Medical Vocabulary in English, 1375–1550 (2016)

Body Parts, Sicknesses, Instruments, and Medicinal Preparations by Juhani Norri

Labortus (OLD s.v.), ML aborsus (DML s.v.).] Stillborn child. 1527 BraunDist f4vb: With what maner of waters shall be brought oute of a woman the dede childe, named aborsis. abort. [Labortus (OLD s.v.).] Miscarriage, premature delivery.

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Quotes about Abort

Anger like fire
Bursts forth
In leaps of flames

Words rage in ire
In one painful frame

And once released
Break hearts
With wounds that bleed

The ties are eased
To part
From Love and need.

March 31,2010
Cynthia Buhain Baello (Cynthia BuhainBaello)
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Scrabble value of A1B3O1R1T1

The value of this 5-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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