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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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We train to stop the aircraft as soon as possible during a high-speed abort in the simulator and those habit patterns have transferred to the aircraft.
Get specific abort and takeoff numbers before every flight.
Mode III aborts, commonly known as Targeted Abort Landings, are triggered by late second stage failures during which Orion's trajectory is modified via a targeted service module main engine burn followed by a crew module guided entry to a target landing site.
Secondly, crew coordination was very smooth; everyone performed as briefed and in accordance with the standards, making it the high-light of the entire event, as the abort was executed as smoothly as possible.
I looked at the airspeed indicator when the abort was called and saw we were right at maximum abort speed and below maximum brake speed as the throttles went to idle.
For all my practiced abort scenarios, I've only had to use these skills twice in my career.
First, even though we used the entire runway on our moderate-speed abort, the 95-degree, no-wind day elevated the temperature of our brakes and tires more than we expected.
Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) supplies the LAS' launch abort and attitude control motors, and Aerojet, a GenCorp company (NYSE: GY), supplies the escape system's jettison motor.