• (RP) IPA: /əˈbɔːt/
  • (America) IPA: /əˈbɔɹt/

abort (plural aborts)

  1. (obsolete) A miscarriage; an untimely birth; an abortion. [Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the mid 17th century.]
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970 ↗, partition I, section 2, member 4, subsection vi:
      In Japonia 'tis a common thing to stifle their children if they be poor, or to make an abort, which Aristotle commends.
  2. (now, rare) The product of a miscarriage; an aborted offspring; an abortion. [First attested in the early 17th century.]
  3. (military, aeronautics) An early termination of a mission, action, or procedure in relation to missiles or spacecraft; the craft making such a mission.
    We've had aborts on three of our last seven launches.
  4. (computing) The function used to abort a process.
  5. (computing) An event involving the abort of a process.
    We've had three aborts over the last two days.
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abort (aborts, present participle aborting; past and past participle aborted)

  1. (intransitive, now, rare outside, medicine) To miscarry; to bring forth (non-living) offspring prematurely. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
  2. (transitive, intransitive) To cause a premature termination of (a fetus); to end a pregnancy before term. [Attested since at least the 19th century.]
  3. (transitive) To end prematurely; to stop in the preliminary stages; to turn back. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
  4. (intransitive) To stop or fail at something in the preliminary stages. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
  5. (intransitive, biology) To become checked in normal development, so as either to remain rudimentary or shrink away wholly; to cease organic growth before maturation; to become sterile. [First attested in the mid 19th century.]
  6. (transitive, biology) To cause an organism to develop minimally; to cause rudimentary development to happen; to prevent maturation. [First attested in the mid 19th century.]
  7. (intransitive, military) To abandon a mission at any point after the beginning of the mission and prior to its completion. [First attested in the mid 20th century.]
  8. (transitive, aeronautics) To terminate a mission involving a missile or rocket; to destroy a missile or rocket prematurely. [First attested in the mid 20th century.]
  9. (transitive, computing) To terminate a process prior to completion.
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