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noun 
  1. A miscarriage; an untimely birth; an abortion.
  2. The product of a miscarriage; an aborted offspring; an abortion.
Note: As with the more modern "abortion" this can refer either to the process or the result of the process.
  1. (computing) The function used to abort a process.
  2. (computing) An event involving the abort of a process.
We've had three aborts over the last two days.
  1. (military) An early termination of a mission.
We've had aborts on three of our last seven launches.
Translations: 
  • German: Abbruch
  • Spanish: aborto,
verb 
  1. (intransitive) To miscarry; to bring forth something prematurely.
  2. (transitive) To cause a premature termination whether of a foetus or more generally of anything that has been begun.
  3. (intransitive, biology) To become checked in normal development, so as either to remain rudimentary or shrink away wholly; to become sterile.
  4. (transitive, computing) To terminate a process prior to completion.
  5. (military) To terminate a mission for any reason other than enemy action. It may occur at any point after the beginning of the mission and prior to its completion.
  6. (rfd-redundant, included in mil sense) (aviation, military) To discontinue aircraft takeoff or missile launch.
Translations: 
  • Dutch: annuleren, aborteren, stoppen
  • French: interrompre, abandonner, échouer, s'arríªter
  • Italian: interrompere, fermare
  • Spanish: abortar
Etymology: From abortus, past participle of aboriri "to miscarry", formed from ab- + oriri "to come into being".


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