|to introduce subtleties into or argue subtly about.|
|to spend time idly; loaf.|
|1.||to undergo or cause (a woman) to undergo the termination of pregnancy before the fetus is viable|
|2.||(tr) to cause (a fetus) to be expelled from the womb before it is viable|
|3.||(intr) to fail to come to completion; go wrong|
|4.||(tr) to stop the development of; cause to be abandoned|
|5.||(intr) to give birth to a dead or nonviable fetus|
|6.||(of a space flight, military operation, etc) to fail or terminate prematurely|
|7.||(intr) (of an organism or part of an organism) to fail to develop into the mature form|
|8.||the premature termination or failure of (a space flight, military operation, etc)|
|[C16: from Latin abortāre, from the past participle of aborīrī to miscarry, from ab- wrongly, badly + orīrī to appear, arise, be born]|
abort a·bort (ə-bôrt')
v. a·bort·ed, a·bort·ing, a·borts
To expel or cause to expel an embryo or fetus before it is viable.
To arrest a disease in its earliest stages.
To arrest in growth or development; to cause to remain rudimentary.