abut

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Medieval Latin (Anglo-Latin) abuttare, from abuter (to touch at one end, to come to an end, aim, reach),[1][2] from but (end, aim, purpose); akin to Old Norse butr (piece of wood)[1]. Equivalent to a- (to) +‎ butt (boundary mark).[3]

Verb[edit]

abut (third-person singular simple present abuts, present participle abutting, simple past and past participle abutted)

  1. (intransitive) To touch by means of a mutual border, edge or end; to border on; to lie adjacent (to)to be contiguous (said of an area of land) [First attested around 1350 to 1470.][3]
    It was a time when Germany still abutted upon Russia.
    His land abuts on the road.
  2. (transitive) To border upon; be next to; abut on; be adjacent to[First attested in the mid 19th century.][3]

Usage notes[edit]

Followed by any of the following words: upon, on or (obsolete) to.[1][3]

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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English abutten,[4] from Old French aboter (to touch at one end, border on),[1] abouter (to join end to end), abuter (to buttress, to put an end to), from a- (towards) + bout (end), boter, bouter (to strike),[5] buter (to strike, finish).[4] Equivalent to a- (towards, change to) +‎ butt (push)[3]

Verb[edit]

abut (third-person singular simple present abuts, present participle abutting, simple past and past participle abutted)

  1. (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.][3]

Usage notes[edit]

Followed by any of the following words: upon, on, or against.[1][3]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Philip Babcock Gove (editor), Webster's Third International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged (G. & C. Merriam Co., 1976 [1909], →ISBN), page 8
  2. ^ Laurence Urdang (editor), The Random House College Dictionary (Random House, 1984 [1975], →ISBN), page 7
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], →ISBN), page 11
  4. 4.0 4.1 “abut” in William Morris, editor, The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, New York, N.Y.: American Heritage Publishing Co., 1971 [1969], OCLC 299754516, page 6.
  5. ^ “abut” in Christine A. Lindberg, editor, The Oxford College Dictionary, 2nd edition, New York, N.Y.: Spark Publishing, 2002, →ISBN, page 5.

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Hiligaynon[edit]

Verb[edit]

abút (frequentative abút-abút)

  1. arrive at a place

Verb[edit]

ábut (frequentative abút-ábut)

  1. to catch up with or overtake

Kiput[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-North Sarawak *rabut, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *rabut.

Verb[edit]

abut

  1. to pluck

Limos Kalinga[edit]

Noun[edit]

abút

  1. hole

Yola[edit]

Preposition[edit]

abut

  1. about