Adjective "abutting" definition and examples

(Abutting may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


(of a building or an area of land) be next to or have a common boundary with.
  1. no object 'a park abutting on an area of waste land'
  2. 'The move involves the north-central area of the township abutting Murrysville.'
  3. 'But supposing somebody is in a hotel abutting a public place and insults his wife in a hotel room, that would be an offence under this section, would it not?'
  4. 'Outside the Dakota County Jail in Hastings, expensive town homes abut open fields, and a steady stream of high-end cars makes its way into the bustling strip mall across the street.'
  5. 'Many local forest dwellers and people inhabiting areas abutting forests utilise their traditional skills combined with their knowledge of the interiors of the forests to hunt and set traps for our threatened wildlife.'
  6. 'Sentenced to hard labor, most of Angola's lifers work in the fields abutting the Mississippi.'
  7. 'Three farms abut our little village, and recently all three have come on to the market, the houses available apart from the land.'
  8. 'A huge three-story mall abuts the old Menger Hotel, with high skylights and gleaming tile floors.'
  9. 'Montgomery County, Maryland, a fast-growing suburban area abutting Washington, D.C., was one of the hotbeds of the postwar cooperative nursery school movement.'
  10. 'Exactly behind the new residential buildings abutting the Opera House forecourt is the Tarpeian Way, but the public viewing platform is gone.'
  11. 'The constant loud volume isn't a problem out of season, but when summer comes and Nigel and Hermione rent out the cottages abutting their Georgian farmhouse, she has to explain that not everyone likes waking up to ‘Sunshine of Your Love’.'
  12. 'On the symphyseal side, the concavity abuts a ridge that borders the straight symphyseal surface of the plate.'
  13. 'S5 abuts the right heart border medially, while S4 extends to and comprises a portion of the lateral border of the right lung.'
  14. 'S8 and S10 have the largest surface areas abutting the diaphragm.'
  15. 'Isolation joints are necessary in parking lots anywhere the pavement abuts another structure such as a building or light-pole foundation.'
  16. 'That edge was to be held in place by pieces of wood pressed firmly against the outside of the central gutter where it abutted the existing felt roof.'

More definitions

1. 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. verb (used with object), abutted, abutting.

2. to be adjacent to; border on; end at.

3. to support by an abutment.

More examples(as adjective)

"towns can be abutting."

"segments can be abutting."

"parses can be abutting."

"junctions can be abutting."


(abut)Late Middle English: the sense ‘have a common boundary’ from Anglo-Latin abuttare, from a- (from Latin ad ‘to, at’) + Old French but ‘end’; the sense ‘lean upon’ (late 16th century) from Old French abouter, from a- (from Latin ad ‘to, at’) + bouter ‘strike, butt’, of Germanic origin.