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.

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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Word Origin & History

early 13c., from O.Fr. abouter "join end to end," from à "to" + bout "end" (see See butt (n.3)).
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Example sentences
In essence, the fluids can act as lubricants between two abutting rock faces,
  helping them to suddenly slip along the boundary.
One glimpse is enough to make you momentarily forget the abutting urban tumult
  and its scandal-filled headlines.
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.
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