a|brupt


a|brupt
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.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • brupt — abrupt …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • 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 ste …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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

  • abrupt — a|brupt [ ə brʌpt ] adjective 1. ) sudden and unexpected, often in an unpleasant way: Our friendship came to an abrupt end. 2. ) behaving or speaking in a way that seems rude to other people because you do not take the time to be friendly: The… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • abrupt — ABRÚPT, Ă, abrupţi, te, adj. 1. (Despre povârnişuri, prăpăstii etc.) Cu pantă repede, greu accesibil; accidentat, prăpăstios. 2. fig. (Despre stil) Fără legătură, inegal. 3. (Despre un organ) Târâtor, repent. – Din fr. abrupt, lat. abruptus.… …   Dicționar Român

  • abrupt — abruptly, adv. abruptness, n. /euh brupt /, adj. 1. sudden or unexpected: an abrupt departure. 2. curt or brusque in speech, manner, etc.: an abrupt reply. 3. terminating or changing suddenly: an abrupt turn in a road. 4. having many sudden… …   Universalium

  • abrúpt — adj. m. (sil. a brupt; mf. ab ), pl. abrúpţi; f. sg. abrúptã, pl. abrúpte …   Romanian orthography

  • abrupt — ab|rụpt auch: a|brụpt 〈Adj.〉 1. abgebrochen, zusammenhanglos 2. plötzlich [Etym.: <lat. abruptus, Part. Perf. zu abrumpere »abreißen«] …   Lexikalische Deutsches Wörterbuch

  • abrupt — a|brupt [əˈbrʌpt] adj [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of abrumpere, from ab away, off + rumpere to break ] 1.) sudden and unexpected ▪ an abrupt change of plan come to an abrupt end/halt etc ▪ The bus came to an abrupt halt.… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • abrupt — /əˈbrʌpt / (say uh brupt) adjective 1. terminating or changing suddenly: an abrupt turn in a road. 2. sudden; unceremonious: an abrupt entrance. 3. lacking in continuity; having sudden transitions from one subject to another: an abrupt literary… …   Australian English dictionary