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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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Although some dwarfs don't regard their condition as a disability, Caplan rejects that view: "I think that is simply inconsistent with medicine's view." He likens the dwarf couple's request to the practice of aborting a healthy fetus simply because it is the "wrong" sex.
Henry Andrews's testimony that he opposed his wife's abortion was directly contradicted by a female witness who declared that Nellie Andrews, "told me that the husband insisted that she have it done and that the husband wanted her to go to Seattle."(58) Mark Baker said of his wife, "She never discussed very much about those affairs or I don't think we would have had so many children" whereas she stated that he had actively assisted in her aborting.(59) But even when the husband was obviously involved, the authorities would rarely charge him as an accomplice.
Emmanuel in his suit accused his wife of being troublesome and violent, adding that she was in the habit of aborting her pregnancies, an act which has left them childless for the three years they have been married.
Ms Beasley said she would not consider aborting one of the foetuses because her pregnancy was too far gone and the procedure could risk the life of the other twin.
This study isn't a random sample of women, or even aborting women.
It registered in my mind that our wingman was still in my vision to the right, which shouldn't be possible since we were aborting. We had briefed there would be no sympathetic aborts for the section.
Abortion places an especially heavy burden on the conscience of the aborting mother.
Another maid was jailed for aborting her pregnancy and two others were awarded different sentences for their roles in the abortion and burial of foetuses, while a Bangladeshi cleaner was jailed and fined for helping the two women abort their pregnancies by giving them injections and pills.
Yet Nebraska abortionist LeRoy Carhart specializes in aborting unborn babies so advanced he has (thankfully) very little company.
* A British woman aborting one healthy twin because she claimed she couldn't afford them both.
The woman's obstetrician, Prof Phillip Bennett, of London's Queen Charlotte Hospital, agreed to the operation on the grounds that one healthy birth would be better than aborting both foetuses.
Summary: DUBAI - An Indonesian maid, HB, denied in the Court of First Instance on Tuesday of having killed her foetus by aborting it.