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First attested in the mid 13th century.
- (of an estate): From Medieval Latin (Anglo-Latin) abuttare, from abuter (“to touch at one end, to come to an end, aim, reach”), from but (“end, aim, purpose”); akin to Old Norse butr (“piece of wood”). Equivalent to a- (“to”) + butt (“boundary mark”).
- (of part of a building): From Middle English abutten, from Old French aboter (“to touch at one end, border on”)abouter (“to join end to end”), abuter (“to buttress, to put an end to”), from a- (“towards”) + bout (“end”), boter, bouter (“to strike”), buter (“to strike, finish”). Equivalent to a- (“towards, change to”) + butt (“push”)
- (intransitive) To touch by means of a mutual border, edge or end; to border on; to lie adjacent; to project; to terminate; to be contiguous; to meet, of an estate, country, etc. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
- It was a time when Germany still abutted upon Russia.
- His land abuts on the road.
- (intransitive) To lean against on one end; to end on, of a part of a building or wall. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
- (transitive) To border upon; be next to; abut on; be adjacent to; to support by an abutment. [First attested in the mid 19th century.]
- (estate or country): Followed by any of the following words: upon, on or (obsolete) to.
- (building): Followed by any of the following words: upon, on, or against.
to border on
- Philip Babcock Gove (editor), Webster's Third International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged (G. & C. Merriam Co., 1976 , ISBN 0-87779-101-5), page 8
- ^ Laurence Urdang (editor), The Random House College Dictionary (Random House, 1984 , ISBN 0-394-43600-8), page 7
- Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 , ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 11
- William Morris (editor), The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (1971 ; American Heritage Publishing Co., Inc.; ISBN 0-395-09066-0), page 6
- ^ Christine A. Lindberg (editor), The Oxford College Dictionary, 2nd edition (Spark Publishing, 2007 , ISBN 978-1-4114-0500-4), page 5
abút (frequentative abút-abút)
- arrive at a place
ábut (frequentative abút-ábut)
- to pluck