Abort vs Cancel - What's the difference?

abort | cancel |


In context|obsolete|lang=en terms the difference between abort and cancel

is that abort is (obsolete) a miscarriage; an untimely birth; an abortion while cancel is (obsolete) an inclosure; a boundary; a limit.

As nouns the difference between abort and cancel

is that abort is (obsolete) a miscarriage; an untimely birth; an abortion while cancel is a cancellation (us ); (nonstandard in some kinds of english).

As verbs the difference between abort and cancel

is that abort is to miscarry; to bring forth offspring prematurely while cancel is to cross out something with lines etc.

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abort

English

Etymology 1

From (etyl), from (etyl) abortus, perfect active participle of .

Noun

(en noun)
  • (obsolete) A miscarriage; an untimely birth; an abortion.
  • *, I.2.4.vi:
  • In Japonia 'tis a common thing to stifle their children if they be poor, or to make an abort , which Aristotle commends.
  • (military, aeronautics) An early termination of a mission, action, or procedure in relation to missiles or spacecraft; the craft making such a mission.
  • We've had aborts on three of our last seven launches.
  • (computing) The function used to abort a process.
  • (computing) An event involving the abort of a process.
  • We've had three aborts over the last two days.

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) abortare, from abortus, from .

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To miscarry; to bring forth offspring prematurely.
  • To end prematurely; to stop in the preliminary stages; to turn back.
  • To stop or fail at something in the preliminary stages.
  • (biology) To become checked in normal development, so as either to remain rudimentary or shrink away wholly; to cease organic growth before maturation; to become sterile.
  • (biology) To cause an organism to develop minimally; to cause rudimentary development to happen; to prevent maturation.
  • (military) To fail or abandon a mission for any reason other than enemy action, at any point after the beginning of the mission and prior to its completion.
  • (aeronautics) To terminate a mission involving a missile or rocket; to destroy a missile or rocket prematurely.
  • To cause a premature termination of a foetus; to bring forth offspring prematurely; to end a pregnancy before term.
  • (computing) To terminate a process prior to completion.
  • Derived terms
    * abortable * abortee * aborter * abortifacient * abortion * abortive * abortment * abortorium * abortus
    See also
    * abend * exception

    References

    * * JP 1-02 Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms *

    Anagrams

    * English ergative verbs ----

    cancel

    English

    Alternative forms

    * cancell (obsolete)

    Verb

  • To cross out something with lines etc.
  • * Blackstone
  • A deed may be avoided by delivering it up to be cancelled ; that is, to have lines drawn over it in the form of latticework or cancelli; the phrase is now used figuratively for any manner of obliterating or defacing it.
  • To invalidate or annul something.
  • He cancelled his order on their website.
  • * 1914 , (Marjorie Benton Cooke), Bambi
  • *:"I don't know what your agreement was, Herr Professor, but if it had money in it, cancel it. I want him to learn that lesson, too."
  • To mark something (such as a used postage stamp) so that it can't be reused.
  • This machine cancels the letters that have a valid zip code.
  • To offset or equalize something.
  • The corrective feedback mechanism cancels out the noise.
  • (mathematics) To remove a common factor from both the numerator and denominator of a fraction, or from both sides of an equation.
  • (media) To stop production of a programme.
  • (printing, dated) To suppress or omit; to strike out, as matter in type.
  • (obsolete) To shut out, as with a railing or with latticework; to exclude.
  • * Milton
  • cancelled from heaven
  • (slang) To kill.
  • Synonyms

    *

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A cancellation (US ); (nonstandard in some kinds of English).
  • # (Internet) A control message posted to Usenet that serves to cancel a previously posted message.
  • (obsolete) An inclosure; a boundary; a limit.
  • A prison is but a retirement, and opportunity of serious thoughts, to a person whose spiritdesires no enlargement beyond the cancels of the body. — Jeremy Taylor.
  • (printing) The suppression on striking out of matter in type, or of a printed page or pages.