a|brupt´ness


a|brupt´ness
a|brupt «uh BRUHPT», adjective.
1. showing sudden change; unexpected: »

He made an abrupt turn to avoid hitting another car.

SYNONYM(S): hasty.
2. very steep: »

The road made an abrupt rise up the hill.

SYNONYM(S): precipitous. See syn. under steep1. (Cf.steep)
3. short or sudden in speech or manner; blunt: »

He was very gruff and had an abrupt way of speaking.

SYNONYM(S): brusque, curt.
4. passing suddenly from one subject or thought to another; disconnected: »

an abrupt style of writing.

5. Botany. suddenly tapering off; truncate.
6. Geology. (of adjacent rock formations) having a sharp boundary at the point of contact.
[< Latin abruptus, past participle of abrumpere break off < ab- off + rumpere break]
a|brupt´ly, adverb.
a|brupt´ness, noun.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • a|brupt´ly — a|brupt «uh BRUHPT», adjective. 1. showing sudden change; unexpected: »He made an abrupt turn to avoid hitting another car. SYNONYM(S): hasty. 2. very steep: »The road made an abrupt rise up the hill. SYNONYM(S): precipitous. See syn. under ste …   Useful english dictionary

  • a|brupt — «uh BRUHPT», adjective. 1. showing sudden change; unexpected: »He made an abrupt turn to avoid hitting another car. SYNONYM(S): hasty. 2. very steep: »The road made an abrupt rise up the hill. SYNONYM(S): precipitous. See syn. under ste …   Useful english dictionary

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