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v. a·bort·ed, a·bort·ing, a·borts
a. To terminate (a pregnancy) by abortion.
b. To cause the expulsion of (an embryo or fetus) by abortion.
c. To undergo the abortion of (an embryo or fetus).
d. To miscarry (an embryo or fetus).
2. To terminate (an undertaking or procedure) before implementation or completion: abort the launch of a rocket; abort a computer program.
3. To stop the progress of (a disease, for example).
1. To miscarry.
2. To cease growth before full development or maturation.
3. To terminate an undertaking or procedure before implementation or completion.
The act of aborting an undertaking or procedure.

[Latin abortāre, frequentative of aborīrī, abort-, to disappear, miscarry : ab-, away; see ab-1 + orīrī, to appear; see er- in Indo-European roots.]
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References in classic literature ?
The fantail has thirty or even forty tail-feathers, instead of twelve or fourteen, the normal number in all members of the great pigeon family; and these feathers are kept expanded, and are carried so erect that in good birds the head and tail touch; the oil-gland is quite aborted. Several other less distinct breeds might have been specified.
Especially was this apparent in his sleep, when he suffered paroxysms of lawless dreams, groaning and muttering, clenching his fists, grinding his teeth, twisting with muscular tensions, his face writhing with passions and violences, his throat guttering with terrible curses that rasped and aborted on his lips.
He said the woman will Tuesday undergo a medical test to ascertain whether she aborted."Neighbours claimed that the woman dumped the foetus in a pit latrine but we are yet to confirm that," said Mr Waweru.
FOLLOWING the controversy that greeted last week's incident involving an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 777-300 aircraft which aborted landing at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, key players in the sector have continued to describe the action taken by the pilot of the aircraft as normal precautionary safety measures.
"Flight SU1389 SSJ-100 aborted takeoff at a speed of 55 kilometres per hour (34 miles per hour) due to the failure of the first hydraulic system," Sputnik quoted a source as saying.
All flights from Stansted Airport were grounded for hours after eight people were injured while evacuating an aborted flight when a "loud bang" was reportedly heard.
It is unclear how old the pregnancy was when it was aborted.
She told the police the accused then took her daughter to a private clinic in Lalarukh Wah Cantt and got her pregnancy aborted by a lady doctor.
Pregnancy may be aborted if the child could not survive after birth provided the pregnancy is not more than 120 days.
Lawyer JR Mantaring, CEB vice president for corporate affairs, said in an advisory that Flight DG6577 from Cebu to Tacloban aborted its take-off due to a fluctuating oil indication in one of its engines.
Sharjah: An Asian maid has been sentenced to six months in jail for killing her baby after she aborted the foetus and buried it in a garden in Al Buhairah area.