from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To touch or end at one end or side; lie adjacent.
  • transitive v. To border upon or end at; be next to.
  • transitive v. To support as an abutment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To project; to terminate or border; to be contiguous; to meet; -- with on, upon, or against.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To touch at the end; be contiguous; join at a border or boundary; terminate; rest: with on, upon, or against before the object: as, his land abuts upon mine; the building abuts on the highway; the bridge abuts against the solid rock.
  • In ship-building, same as butt
  • To cause to terminate against or in contiguity with; project, or cause to impinge upon.
  • Sometimes shortened to but.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. lie adjacent to another or share a boundary


Middle English abutten, from Old French abouter, to border on (a-, to from Latin ad-; see ad- + bouter, to strike; see bhau- in Indo-European roots) and from Old French abuter, to end at (from but, end; see butt4).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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