from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To carry off by force; kidnap.
- transitive v. Physiology To draw away from the midline of the body or from an adjacent part or limb.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To take away surreptitiously by force; to carry away (a human being) wrongfully and usually by violence; to kidnap.
- transitive v. To draw away, as a limb or other part, from its ordinary position.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To lead away or carry off surreptitiously or by force; kidnap.
- In physiology, to move or draw away (a limb) from the axis of the body, or (a digit) from the axis of the limb: opposed to adduct.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom
- v. pull away from the body
Latin abdūcere, abduct- : ab-, away; see ab-1 + dūcere, to lead; see deuk- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)