Definitions of abut

  1. lie adjacent to another or share a boundary; " Canada adjoins the U. S."; " England marches with Scotland"
  2. To project; to terminate or border; to be contiguous; to meet; - with on, upon, or against; as, his land abuts on the road.
  3. To border upon; touch at one end: with on, upon, against.
  4. Abutted.
  5. Abutting.
  6. To end: to border ( on):- pr. p. abutting; pa. p. abutted.
  7. To end against.
  8. To touch upon; border; with on, upon, or against.
  9. To border upon or touch by point or line; to terminate; to rest.

Usage examples for abut

  1. But we may now employ the trued surface E as an aid in setting by causing it to abut against the chuck plate surface, and, as an aid to finding that it abuts fair, we may put two strips of the same piece of paper behind it, one on each side of the square, and, after the work is bolted, see that both are held firm; but it is necessary to test with the pointer as before, as well as with the square. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  2. Egypt could not, he felt, be ruled conveniently from the latitude of Thebes, or from any site in the Upper country; it required a capital which should abut on both regions, and so command both. – Ancient Egypt by George Rawlinson Other: Arthur Gilman
  3. Standing in the poorest quarter of the city, within sight of the swarming population which crowds the streets and alleys around the Porta Nolana and the ancient rookeries which abut upon the Church of St. Eligio, endeared to the people by the miracles of which I have just spoken, there is no feast or saint's day on which the popolane do not visit it in thousands. – Naples Past and Present by Arthur H. Norway
  4. " The ends are then turned down to receive the flanges, the reduced diameter being necessary so as to leave a shoulder for the flanges to abut against to keep them true, or at a right angle to the axial line of the body. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  5. The need of some central building, against which these additions may abut will be felt. – The Ground Plan of the English Parish Church by A. Hamilton Thompson
  6. When a low thatched farmhouse does abut upon the way, the blank white wall of the rear part faces the road, and the front door opens on precisely the other side. – The Eulogy of Richard Jefferies by Walter Besant
  7. Now he came to think of it, Wilkinson had said nothing abut the cheque when they met at the railroad settlement; but after all there was perhaps no reason he should do so. – The Girl From Keller's Sadie's Conquest by Harold Bindloss
  8. One end of it opened on the parvis of the Cathedral; the other and quieter end appeared to abut on the west gate of the town. – Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France by Stanley J. Weyman
  9. To fasten C upon the work, three screws threaded through F abut against the end of C; F being secured to the upper surface of A by a key or slip, which fits into a groove in F, and projects down into such of the grooves in the upper surface of A as may best suit the width of work to be held in the vice; C is held down by the bolts and nuts at G. The operation of securing work in such a chuck is as follows:- The screws both at F and at G being loosened, and jaw C moved up to meet the work and hold it against the fixed jaw B, then nuts G should be set up lightly so that the sliding jaw will be set up under a slight pressure, screws F may then be set up and finally nuts G tightened. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  10. Entrances lead logically into the nave and side aisles of the western front and into the centres of the northern and southern transepts, while cloisters which abut to the south are entered through the fifth chapel. – Cathedrals of Spain by John A. (John Allyne) Gade
  11. I fancy she's got something very important to tell you abut my uncle Gavard. – The Fat and the Thin by Emile Zola
  12. In these layers, which abut against the granite, a mixture of mica and of unrounded grains of quartz and felspar occur, evidently derived from the disintegration of the crystalline rock, which must have decomposed in the atmosphere before the mud had reached this height. – The Antiquity of Man by Charles Lyell
  13. This was quite likely the first of the servants' quarters, and that east wall must abut directly against the chimney. – Love Under Fire by Randall Parrish
  14. That was the only redeeming thing abut the wretched business. – The High Calling by Charles M. Sheldon
  15. Perhaps I may hereafter give you a talk abut books, but while I am saying a few passing words upon the subject the greatest bibliographical event that ever happened in the book- market of the New World is taking place under our eyes. – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  16. And they say that, thanks to the jet civilization, it is possible for old and young alike to freely go to other countries, learn more abut the world and soak up culture. – Down-with-the-Cities by Nakashima, Tadashi