from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Unexpectedly sudden: an abrupt change in the weather.
- adj. Surprisingly curt; brusque: an abrupt answer made in anger.
- adj. Touching on one subject after another with sudden transitions: abrupt prose.
- adj. Steeply inclined. See Synonyms at steep1.
- adj. Botany Terminating suddenly rather than gradually; truncate: an abrupt leaf.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Broken off; very steep, or craggy, as rocks, precipices, banks; precipitous; steep.
- adj. Without notice to prepare the mind for the event; sudden; hasty; unceremonious.
- adj. Having sudden transitions from one subject to another; unconnected.
- adj. Suddenly terminating, as if cut off.
- n. An abrupt place.
- transitive v. To tear off or asunder.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Broken or appearing as if broken away or off; marked by or showing a sudden breach or change of continuity; wanting continuation or completion: as, the path or the discourse came to an abrupt termination; an abrupt turn in a road. Hence Steep; precipitous: as, an abrupt cliff; an abrupt descent.
- Figuratively, sudden; without notice to prepare the mind for the event; unceremonious: as, an abrupt entrance or address.
- Lacking in continuity; having sudden transitions from one subject to another: as, an abrupt style.
- In botany, terminating suddenly: as, an abrupt point: sometimes used in the sense of truncate: as, an abrupt leaf.
- n. An abrupt place; a precipice or chasm.
- To break off; interrupt; disturb.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. extremely steep
- adj. surprisingly and unceremoniously brusque in manner
- adj. marked by sudden changes in subject and sharp transitions
- adj. exceedingly sudden and unexpected
The term abrupt climate change arose in the study of past climate.
"No," she said, a word abrupt and uncommon to her, putting the ka’athyra back on its shelf with finality.
Ah Cho looked at him in abrupt perplexity and said:
Perhaps the gun violence would end if these killers knew their lives would be placed in abrupt jeopardy.
Those of you truly interested in abrupt climate change will want to read Abrupt Climate Change: Inevitable Surprises, by the Division of Earth and Life Studies, National Research Council, and published by the National Academy Press in 2002.
The most unwanted music is over 25 minutes long, veers wildly between loud and quiet sections, between fast and slow tempos, and features timbres of extremely high and low pitch, with each dichotomy presented in abrupt transition.
The eyes should be moved in short, abrupt, irregular movements.
The double nature of the typhoon, seasonal and abrupt, is reflected in the nature of the people.
Look out! , came the shouts in abrupt bursts of tangible sound.
This information was flung out in short, abrupt sentences, and with an air of complete indifference.
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