abut

abut

[uh-buht]
verb (used without object), abutted, abutting.
1.
to be adjacent; touch or join at the edge or border (often followed by on, upon, or against ): This piece of land abuts on a street.
verb (used with object), abutted, abutting.
2.
to be adjacent to; border on; end at.
3.
to support by an abutment.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English < Middle French, Old French abuter touch at one end, verbal derivative of a but to (the) end; see a-5, butt2

unabutting, adjective
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abut (əˈbʌt)
 
vb (usually foll by on, upon, or against) , abuts, abutting, abutted
to adjoin, touch, or border on (something) at one end
 
[C15: from Old French abouter to join at the ends, border on; influenced by abuter to touch at an end, buttress]

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abut
early 13c., from O.Fr. abouter "join end to end," from à "to" + bout "end" (see See butt (n.3)).
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