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[uh-buht] /əˈbʌt/
verb (used without object), abutted, abutting.
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.
to be adjacent to; border on; end at.
to support by an abutment.
Origin of abut
late Middle English
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
Related forms
unabutting, adjective Unabridged
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  • In essence, the fluids can act as lubricants between two abutting rock faces, helping them to suddenly slip along the boundary.
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  • They are built in the back yard, generally back to back with the rear buildings on abutting lots.
  • In asking for a room he said he wanted one in the rear of the house, abutting on the alley if possible.
  • The home theater features plywood walls insulated from any abutting walls.
  • The city is a chaotic jumble of subway construction, cracked sidewalks abutting brand-new luxury hotels, and endless noise.
  • Broadcasters had hoped to annex this valuable resource abutting their channels and use it to sell additional information services.
  • Along a service road abutting the motorway on high ground, you see four abandoned houses.
  • The garden's merits are now so clear that houses abutting it sell for several million dollars.
  • Chickens roosted in nearby trees or strutted, hundreds strong, across an abutting pasture.
British Dictionary definitions for abutting


verb abuts, abutting, abutted
usually foll by on, upon, or against. to adjoin, touch, or border on (something) at one end
Word Origin
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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Word Origin and History for abutting



mid-13c., "to end at, to border on," from Old French aboter "join end to end, touch upon" (13c.), from à "to" (see ad-) + bout "end" (see butt (n.3)). Related: Abutted; abutting.

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