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Definition of the adjective abrupt

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adjective - degrees: more abrupt / abrupter | most abrupt / abruptest

  1. marked by sudden changes in subject and sharp transitions
  2. exceedingly sudden and unexpected
    • examples: came to an abrupt stop | an abrupt change in the weather
    • similar: sudden
  3. extremely steep
  4. surprisingly and unceremoniously brusque in manner

Alternative definition of the adjective abrupt


  1. Extremely steep or craggy as if broken up; precipitous.
  2. Without notice to prepare the mind for the event; sudden; hasty; unceremonious.
  3. Curt in manner; rude; uncivil; impolite.
  4. Having sudden transitions from one subject or state to another; unconnected.
  5. [botany] Suddenly terminating, as if cut off; truncate.

Definition of the noun abrupt

What does abrupt mean as a name of something?


  1. [poetic] Something which is abrupt.

Definition of the verb abrupt

What does abrupt mean as a doing word?


  1. [transitive] To tear off or asunder.
  2. To interrupt suddenly.


"Abrupt" is a 2013 short animated film directed by Ayodê França de Morais and Paulo Leonardo Fialho de Paiva e Sozua.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Abrupt

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Google previewThe Lexicon in Phonological Change (1977)

by William S. Wang

phoneticly gradual and lexically abrupt, is only...

phonetically abrupt and lexically ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design, Volume 69 (Supplement 1) (2001)

by Rayford Anthony

However, an abrupt bend, such as a square bend or tee, resulted in backmixing, which affected the overall riser solids volume fraction profile up to 20 L/D's below the exit region, Similar effects for solids fluxes are reflected in the data of Kruse ...

Google previewCrossword Puzzle Dictionary (2015)

by Murali Mohan Hundigam

cut short Abroad—overseas Abrogate—abolish, annul, cancel, invalidate, nullify Abrupt—brusque, curt, hasty, rough, rude, sudden, terse, unanticipated, unexpected, unforeseen Abrupt and unsympathetic treatment—short shrift Abrupt in ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of global warming and climate change (2008)

A-E by S. George Philander

There have also been more recent changes in temperature, with suggestions that the collapse of the Mayan Empire in Mexico in the 8th and 9th centuries was possibly caused by a regional abrupt climate change, although others have pointed ...

Google previewPansegrouw's Crossword Dictionary (1994)

by Louisa Pansegrouw

squeeze, survey, synopsis abroad afar, broadly, continental, expansively, outside, overseas, prevalent, widely abrogate annul, cancel, liberate, nullify, quash, repeal, rescind, revoke, suspend, void, withdraw abrupt bluff, blunt, boorish, brief, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change, Second Edition (2012)

by S. George Philander

Mayan Empire in Mexico in the 8th and 9th centuries was possibly caused by a regional abrupt climate change, although others have pointed to the greater likelihood that this stemmed from overpopulation, foreign invasions, epidemics, and ...

Google previewFlip Dictionary (2002)

by Barbara Kipfer

ABRUPT - ABUSE gate, nullify, overrule, quash, remit, repeal, repudiate, rescind, revoke, void abrupt: blunt, brief, brisk, brusque, fast, gruff, hasty, headlong, impetuous, impolite, precipitous, quick, rude, sharp, snippy, steep, sudden, swift, terse ...

Google previewLexicon of Psychiatry, Neurology, and the Neurosciences (2000)

by Frank J. Ayd

quetiapine/abrupt withdrawal well tolerated and effective for treatment of positive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia. Doses in trials ranged from 75 to 750 mg, titrated to clinical response and tolerability. Positron emission tomographic ...

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The Eagles ended on a rather abrupt note, although in retrospect I realize now that it had been ending for quite some time. (Don Henley)
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Scrabble value of A1B3R1U1P3T1

The value of this 6-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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