abort

a|bort [ ə`bɔrt ] verb
1. ) intransitive or transitive to remove a developing baby from a woman's body, so that it is not born alive:
The decision was taken to abort the fetus.
Certain drugs may cause the fetus to abort.
2. ) transitive to stop something before it is finished, for example because it would be difficult or dangerous to continue:
The mission had to be aborted because of a technical problem.
a ) intransitive or transitive if you abort a computer program, or if it aborts, the computer stops doing something before it is finished:
Press Enter to abort the print job.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • Abort — (Abtritt, Privet, Retirade, Klosett), eine Bedürfnisanstalt, die entweder an einer geeignet gelegenen Stelle des Gebäudes selbst (am besten an der Nord oder Ostseite) oder in einem Anbau, seltener in einem selbständigen Bau im Hofraum… …   Lexikon der gesamten Technik

  • abort — UK US /əˈbɔːt/ verb ► [T] to stop an activity before it begins or before it is complete: abort a test/trial/plan »We were forced to abort the test as a result of technical problems. abort a launch/merger/deal »Money has been wasted on aborted… …   Financial and business terms

  • Abort — can mean: *Abortion, a premature termination of pregnancy ending in the death of the embryo or fetus. *Early termination of some process, e.g.: **The early termination of a spaceflight, particularly a mode resulting in the return of the… …   Wikipedia

  • Abort — [a bɔʁt] (von lateinisch aboriri, abortus = entschwinden, entschwunden) steht für: Fehlgeburt Schwangerschaftsabbruch Toilette Abort (Informatik), Abbruch einer Transaktion Abort [ˈapˌʔɔʁt] (vermutlich aus dem Niederdeutschen af ort = abgelegener …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • abort — abort·in; abort·er; abort; abort·ive; abort·ive·ly; …   English syllables

  • Abort — 1 Sm Klosett erw. reg. (16. Jh., Standard 18. Jh.) Stammwort. Hüllwort für älteres Abtritt, aus ab und Ort als abgelegener Ort ; schon mndd. afort in dieser Bedeutung. Der Abtritt war ursprünglich ein Ort im Freien; er wurde dann überdacht und… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • abort — /ə bȯrt/ vt: to induce the expulsion of (a human fetus) Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. abort …   Law dictionary

  • Abort — A*bort ([.a]*b[^o]rt ), v. t. to cause (an action or process) to stop at an early stage, or before normal completion; as, to abort a rocket flight. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Abort — ¹Abort Latrine, Pissoir, sanitäre Anlagen, Toilette, WC; (ugs.): 00, Klo, Lokus, Null Null, Nummer null, Orkus; (salopp): Pinkelbude; (fam.): Häuschen, Klöchen; (derb): Pissbude, Scheißhaus; (verhüll.): Gelegenheit, Lokalität; (ugs. verhüll.): To …   Das Wörterbuch der Synonyme

  • abort — [v1] stop or cancel something arrest, break off, call it quits*, call off, check, cut off, drop, end, fail, halt, interrupt, knock it off*, lay off*, nullify, scrap, scratch, scrub*, terminate; concept 121 Ant. continue, keep abort [v2] terminate …   New thesaurus

  • Abort — A*bort ([.a]*b[^o]rt ), v. i. [L. abortare, fr. abortus, p. p. of aboriri; ab + oriri to rise, to be born. See {Orient}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To miscarry; to bring forth young prematurely. [1913 Webster] 2. (Biol.) To become checked in normal… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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