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abort

[ə′bȯrt]
(aerospace engineering)
To cut short or break off an action, operation, or procedure with an aircraft, space vehicle, or the like, especially because of equipment failure.
An aircraft, space vehicle, or the like which aborts.
An act or instance of aborting.
(computer science)
To terminate a procedure, such as the running of a computer program or the printing of a document, while it is still in progress.

abort

i. When used as a command, it means stop doing whatever you are doing (e.g., abort takeoff).
ii. To terminate a preplanned maneuver. To cut short or break off an action, mission, operation, or procedure with an aircraft, especially because of equipment failure or adverse weather conditions. It may occur at any point after the beginning of the mission and prior to its completion.
iii. To return or to fly to a friendly base before completing the assigned mission for reasons other than enemy action.
iv. To discontinue an aircraft takeoff or a missile launch.

abort

(programming)
To terminate a program or process abnormally and usually suddenly, with or without diagnostic information. "My program aborted", "I aborted the transmission". The noun form in computing is "abort", not "abortion", e.g. "We've had three aborts over the last two days".

If a Unix kernel aborts it is known as a panic.

abort

(1) To exit a function or application without saving any data that has been changed.

(2) To stop a transmission.
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