Abut



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.
to be adjacent to; border on; end at.
to support by an .
Contemporary Examples

There is some debate about how this will affect clinics that abut sidewalks or public streets.
The Supreme Court Lets Abortion Clinics Protect Themselves Sally Kohn June 25, 2014

Historical Examples

No angle is present as the ending ridge does not abut upon the curving ridge which envelopes it.
The Science of Fingerprints Federal Bureau of Investigation

Charlie, who came in last, did not abut the door behind him.
Through the Fray G. A. Henty

Immense private houses, with the amplest grounds to be found perhaps in any great city, abut on meanly proportioned streets.
Charities and the Commons: The Pittsburgh Survey, Part II: The Place Various

The need of some central building, against which these additions may abut, will be felt.
The Ground Plan of the English Parish Church A. Hamilton Thompson

I come to talk to you abut M. de Boiscoran, my betrothed, my husband.
Within an Inch of His Life Emile Gaboriau

To cause s to become locked in its adjusted position a plug screw p is inserted for the end of s to abut against.
Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II Joshua Rose

But he perceived with surprise that the pillar did not abut immediately on the wall, as he had supposed.
With Drake on the Spanish Main Herbert Strang

The bearings of feed roll a abut against rubber cushions c, c, whose amount of compression is regulated by the set screws d, d.
Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II Joshua Rose

Where the strips abruptly meet others, or abut upon a boundary at right angles, they are sometimes called butts.
The English Village Community Frederic Seebohm

verb abuts, abutting, abutted
usually foll by on, upon, or against. to adjoin, touch, or border on (something) at one end
v.

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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    abuttals. those parts of one piece of land that on adjacent lands; boundaries. Also, buttals. Law. the boundary lines of a piece of land in relation to adjacent lands. the act or state of abutting.

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