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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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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.
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.
Then the pilots on their own aborted the take off, an official added.
In 2013, in Cardiff alone, 1,177 unborn babies were aborted, in the Vale of Glamorgan 302.
The pair fell out after Sinitta, 50, exclusively told the Daily Mirror she aborted the music mogul's baby.
According to the Mirror, pilots aborted landing at last moment as Reds arrived for the match where they will mourn the death of Munich disaster survivor Bill Foulkes.
Her obsession with proving she aborted Simon Cowell's baby is getting scary with her incessant Twitter ranting including a plea to The Jeremy Kyle Show (what?
Dash 2 had actually aborted their takeoff for what felt like a surging or failing engine.
Fujairah Police from the emirate have arrested an African maid who aborted her baby at her sponsor's house in Al Qariyah, an official told Gulf News yesterday.
It came as a Royal Navy submarine joined US forces in targeting the dictator's air defences, but a mission involving RAF Tornado jets had to be aborted to avoid civilian casualties.
She said that she lived at another woman's home until she bled again and aborted the baby.
As of October 15, the state's two abortion clinics no longer will have the option of "volunteering" information about the aborted child's gestational age.