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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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In a July 6th interview with Australian newspaper The Age, Watson insisted that he "would have aborted his son if a genetic test had been available at the time warning that his child would be born with severe epilepsy." The son, who wasn't named in the article, suffers from a severe form of epilepsy and "will soon undergo a type of surgery in Switzerland only done 11 times before."
LONDON -- The prospect of producing human eggs from aborted fetuses has been greeted with grave concern by Archbishop Peter Smith of Cardiff, Wales, chair of the department of Christian responsibility and citizenship of the Catholic bishops' conference of England and Wales.
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Eggs for fertility treatment could one day be taken from aborted babies, scientists have said.