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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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Historical Examples
  • In 1827, a little school was opened in a building at the corner of Gildow-street, abutting upon Marsh-lane, in this town.

  • "Just at the back of the house and abutting on the side of the road," I explained.

    The Motor Pirate George Sidney Paternoster
  • Between the porch and the west end there are traces of some earlier building, abutting on to the north wall of the church.

  • Only one other location was left, the abutting shelf of some canyon.

    The Air Ship Boys H.L. Sayler
  • A sole wing, that following the Seine and abutting at right angles against the Pavilion de l'Horloge, had resulted.

    Royal Palaces and Parks of France Milburg Francisco Mansfield
  • The sitting-room was on the ground-floor, abutting on the pavement.

  • How long was it going to stand the mere strain, let alone the sawing and chafing that it must get from every abutting rock?

  • They were stoutly built, too, of solid oak and abutting on strong lockers.

    The Great Mogul Louis Tracy
  • This was one hundred yards long, extending across the river, and abutting against the crags on the other side.

  • It is a circus, surrounded by tiers of seats and abutting on the city ramparts.

    The Wonders of Pompeii Marc Monnier
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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