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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To terminate (a pregnancy) by abortion.
  • intransitive verb To cause the expulsion of (an embryo or fetus) by abortion.
  • intransitive verb To undergo the abortion of (an embryo or fetus).
  • intransitive verb To miscarry (an embryo or fetus).
  • intransitive verb To terminate (an undertaking or procedure) before implementation or completion.
  • intransitive verb To stop the progress of (a disease, for example).
  • intransitive verb To miscarry.
  • intransitive verb To cease growth before full development or maturation.
  • intransitive verb To terminate an undertaking or procedure before implementation or completion.
  • noun The act of aborting an undertaking or procedure.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An abortion.
  • To miscarry in giving birth.
  • To become aborted or abortive; appear or remain in a rudimentary or undeveloped state: as, organs liable to abort.
  • To render abortive; check or arrest the development of: as, to abort a fever.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To miscarry; to bring forth young prematurely.
  • intransitive verb (Biol.) To become checked in normal development, so as either to remain rudimentary or shrink away wholly; to become sterile.
  • intransitive verb to stop, cease, or fail prior to normal completion.
  • transitive verb to cause (an action or process) to stop at an early stage, or before normal completion.
  • noun obsolete An untimely birth.
  • noun obsolete An aborted offspring.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To cause a premature termination of a foetus; to bring forth offspring prematurely; to end a pregnancy before term.
  • verb transitive, computing To terminate a process prior to completion.
  • noun computing The function used to abort a process.
  • noun computing An event involving the abort of a process.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb cease development, die, and be aborted
  • verb terminate a pregnancy by undergoing an abortion
  • noun the act of terminating a project or procedure before it is completed
  • verb terminate before completion

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin abortāre, frequentative of aborīrī, abort-, to disappear, miscarry : ab-, away; see ab-1 + orīrī, to appear; see er-1 in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

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