Verb abut Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


abut (third-person singular simple present abuts, present participle abutting, simple past and past participle abutted)

  1. (intransitive) To touch by means of a mutual border, edge or end; to border on; to lie adjacent; to project; to terminate; to be contiguous; to meet, of an estate, country, etc. [3]
  2. (transitive) To border upon; be next to; abut on; be adjacent to; to support by an abutment. [3]

More definition: 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. be adjacent to; border on; end at. support by an abutment.

1. usually foll by on, upon, or against. to adjoin, touch, or border on (something) at one end Word OriginC15, from Old French abouter to join at the ends, border on; influenced by abuter to touch at an end, buttressCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
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.


In these we have (1) the evaporation from the damp delicate cell-walls into the intercellular spaces; (2) the imbibition by the cell-wall of water from the vacuole; (3) osmotic action, consequent upon the subsequent increased concentration of the cell sap, drawing water from the wood cells or vessels which abut upon the leaf parenchyma.

The Nan-shan highlands abut upon the highlands of the Chinese province of Kansuh, and near the great northward bend of the Hwang-ho they meet the escarpments by which the Great Khingan and the In-shan ranges are continued, and by which the Mongolian plateau steps down to the lowlands of China.

The Cheviots do not properly belong to the Uplands, from which they are separated by Liddesdale and other hollows and on which they abut abruptly.

The relative displacement of the two pieces which abut against each other at a joint may take place either 1871), and Professor 0.

In order that the surfaces which abut at the Joint JK maybe pressed together, the resistance required by the conditions of equilibrium CR, must be a thrust and not a pull; and in that case the force by which the surfaces are pressed together is equal and opposite to the normal component CP of the resistance.

The Smaland highlands abut southward upon the plains of Skane, the last of the main orographical divisions, which coincides, roughly with the old province of Skane (Scania).

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