Webopedia on Google+Webopedia on TwitterWebopedia on FacebookTech Bytes Blog
Main » TERM » A »

abort

To stop a program or function before it has finished naturally. The term abort refers to both requested and unexpected terminations. For example, many applications let you abort a search or a print job by pressing a specified abort key. On the other hand, programs can abort unexpectedly for any of the following reasons:
  • bugs in the software
  • unexpected input that the program cannot handle
  • hardware malfunction
  • When a program aborts, you are usually returned to the operating system shell level. Contrast abort with crash, which makes the entire system, including the operating system, unusable.







    TECH RESOURCES FROM OUR PARTNERS
    DID YOU KNOW?
    11 Tips to Boost Your Wi-Fi Signal

    It's not just your lawnmower and household tools that your neighbor won't return. Our top picks include everything from updating device firmware... Read More »

    Interesting Times: Transformation in the IT Channel

    Business transformation will remain the buzzword of the moment as channel firms continue to assess the direction of their companies in the age of... Read More »

    What is a Virtual Private network (VPN)?

    Companies and organizations will use a VPN to communicate confidentially over a public network and to send voice, video or data. Read More »

    QUICK REFERENCE
    29 Free Android Apps for Cash-Strapped Students

    From wacky alarm clocks to lecture hall tools and after class entertainment, these Android apps are a good fit for a student's life and budget. Read More »

    Network Fundamentals Study Guide

    A network is a group of two or more computer systems or devices, linked together to share resources, exchange files and electronic communications.... Read More »

    Computer Architecture Study Guide

    This Webopedia  study guide describes the different parts of a computer system and their relations. Read More »