abort

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English, from Latin abortus, perfect active participle of aborior (miscarry), formed from ab + orior (come into being).

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abort (plural aborts)

  1. (obsolete) A miscarriage; an untimely birth; an abortion. [Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the mid 17th century.]
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, I.2.4.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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Etymology 2[edit]

From Latin abortare, from abortus, from aboriri (miscarry), from ab- (not) + oriri (come into being, arise, appear).

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abort (third-person singular simple present aborts, present participle aborting, simple past and past participle aborted)

  1. (intransitive) To miscarry; to bring forth offspring prematurely. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
  2. (transitive) To end prematurely; to stop in the preliminary stages; to turn back. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
  3. (intransitive) To stop or fail at something in the preliminary stages. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
  4. (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.]
  5. (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.]
  6. (intransitive, military) To fail or abandon 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. [First attested in the mid 20th century.]
  7. (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.]
  8. (transitive) To cause a premature termination of a foetus; to bring forth offspring prematurely; to end a pregnancy before term.
  9. (transitive, computing) To terminate a process prior to completion.
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Etymology[edit]

Latin abortus.

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abort

  1. abort, abortion

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abort c (singular definite aborten, plural indefinite aborter)

  1. abortion
  2. miscarriage

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abort m

  1. an abortion (deliberate termination of a pregnancy)

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abort m (plural aborts)

  1. (computing) abort (function used to abort a process)

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abort c

  1. (obsolete) an abort, a miscarriage
  2. abort, abortion (about the process of aborting a pregnancy)

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