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abrupt

1. Botany shaped as though a part has been cut off; truncate
2. Geology (of strata) cropping out suddenly

abrupt

[ə′brəpt]
(botany)
Ending suddenly, as though broken off.
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I have more to say to you," she resumed abruptly, feeling the animating resolution to lay her heart bare before him at last; "more, far more, than I have said yet.
Finally, if we look to other oceanic islands of about the same height and of similar geological constitution, but not encircled by coral-reefs, we may in vain search for so trifling a circumambient depth as 30 fathoms, except quite near to their shores; for usually land that rises abruptly out of water, as do most of the encircled and non-encircled oceanic islands, plunges abruptly under it.
Where the land slopes abruptly under water, these reefs are only a few yards in width, forming a mere ribbon or fringe round the shores: where the land slopes gently under the water the reef extends further, sometimes even as much as a mile from the land; but in such cases the soundings outside the reef always show that the submarine prolongation of the land is gently inclined.
I cannot refrain from once again remarking on the singularity of these complex structures -- a great sandy and generally concave disk rises abruptly from the unfathomable ocean, with its central expanse studded, and its edge symmetrically bordered with oval basins of coral-rock just lipping the surface of the sea, sometimes clothed with vegetation, and each containing a lake of clear water!
Nancy's lips parted abruptly, as if there were angry words all ready to come; but her eyes, resting on Pollyanna's jubilantly trustful face, saw something that prevented the words being spoken.
After spending two months in Moscow in a state of enchantment, seeing Kitty almost every day in society, into which he went so as to meet her, he abruptly decided that it could not be, and went back to the country.
Please, sir, I must go home," Tom said abruptly, as he met Mr.
Summary: The English-language website of one of Lebanon's most outspoken newspapers abruptly ended operations Friday, after a three-and-a-half-year stint, while plans to launch an English print edition were also put in the shredder.
There were widespread complaints that drivers stopping abruptly at lights were causing more accidents.
Bloodletting was a key medical practice in 19th century Europe: it abruptly stopped even though there was relatively little argument about its benefits or failures.
PNN This morning, Friday 6th July, The occupation forces has abruptly closed Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing in the northern Gaza Strip.
The government's bid on Monday to postpone a debate on the legislation met with stiff resistance from the BJP, which wanted an immediate progress report since the extended session in December to pass the Bill was abruptly prorogued.