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v. a·but·ted, a·but·ting, a·buts
To touch or end at one end or side; lie adjacent.
1. To border upon or end at; be next to.
2. To support as an abutment.
[Middle English abutten, from Old French abouter, to border on (a-, to from Latin ad-; see ad- + bouter, to strike; see bhau- in Indo-European roots) and from Old French abuter, to end at (from but, end; see butt4).]
vb, abuts, abutting or abutted
(usually foll by: on, upon, or against) to adjoin, touch, or border on (something) at one end
[C15: from Old French abouter to join at the ends, border on; influenced by abuter to touch at an end, buttress]
v. a•but•ted, a•but•ting. v.i.
1. to be adjacent; touch or join at the edge or border (often fol. by on, upon, or against).v.t.
2. to be adjacent to; border on; end at.
3. to support by an abutment.
[1425–75; late Middle English < Middle French, Old French abuter touch at one end, v. derivative of a but to (the) end; see a-5, butt2]
Past participle: abutted
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|Verb||1.||abut - lie adjacent to another or share a boundary; "Canada adjoins the U.S."; "England marches with Scotland"|
adjoin, contact, touch, meet - be in direct physical contact with; make contact; "The two buildings touch"; "Their hands touched"; "The wire must not contact the metal cover"; "The surfaces contact at this point"