• WordNet 3.6
    • adv abruptly quickly and without warning "he stopped suddenly"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A gator in the road is a huge piece of tire from a blow out on a truck, called a gator because the fly up when a truck runs one over and take out your air lines causing you to lose air and forcing your spring brakes to come on which causes a rather abrupt stop.
    • Abruptly In an abrupt manner; without giving notice, or without the usual forms; suddenly.
    • Abruptly Precipitously.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • abruptly Brokenly; by breaking or being broken off suddenly: as, the path or the discourse ended abruptly.
    • abruptly Precipitously, or with a very steep slope: as, the rocks rise abruptly from the water's edge.
    • abruptly Suddenly, without giving notice, or without the usual forms: as, the minister left France abruptly.
    • abruptly With an abrupt termination.
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  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Revolution is an abrupt change in the form of misgovernment.”


In literature:

The day grew abruptly fresher here.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
Then abruptly I felt something touch my face!
"Beyond the Vanishing Point" by Raymond King Cummings
Some startled creature slipped abruptly into the pool that the tiny harbor formed.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
She wondered what was taking him away so abruptly.
"The Highgrader" by William MacLeod Raine
It left too abruptly and traveled too fast.
"The Best Made Plans" by Everett B. Cole
She stopped abruptly, her eyes widened and her lips parted in astonishment.
"The Fighting Shepherdess" by Caroline Lockhart
The door abruptly opened, and a tall, handsome squaw, dressed in the clothes of rougher civilization, stood regarding them unsmilingly.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
Abruptly she moved to the fire and again began to stir the mess, while the suppressed excitement in the room at once subsided.
"Under the Rose" by Frederic Stewart Isham
Instantly the noise of the other men, wakened abruptly by the mild shocks, came from behind.
"The Ultimate Weapon" by John Wood Campbell
He rose and faced Mrs. Primrose with a look which brought her eloquence to an abrupt end.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
He turned abruptly away, and Robert was left alone.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
The roar abruptly became a bellowing.
"Space Platform" by Murray Leinster
But as a matter of fact, he had shifted quite abruptly to an entirely different line of thought.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science January 1931" by Various
Pressing the explorer's hand, he turned abruptly and hurried up the dim, narrow street.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
Then abruptly Milton seemed to go mad.
"Astounding Stories, April, 1931" by Various
Then a head abruptly bobbed into the square of uncertain light.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer
Abruptly she drew her hair away.
"Fidelity" by Susan Glaspell
The narrow game trail underfoot swerved abruptly to the west and rose rapidly.
"Warrior of the Dawn" by Howard Carleton Browne
With a short sob, she moved abruptly away, and turning her face to the wall, broke into a passion of tears.
"The Gambler" by Katherine Cecil Thurston
At the moment it abruptly dawned on Dylara that this was her opportunity to escape from those who held her an unwilling captive.
"The Return of Tharn" by Howard Carleton Browne

In poetry:

When, marvellous! from overhead,
Like abrupt speech of one deemed dead,
Speech-moved by some Superior Will,
A bell tolls thrice and then is still.
"Battery Moving Up to a New Position from Rest Camp:Dawn" by Robert Nichols
There was a Young Lady of Clare,
Who was sadly pursued by a bear;
When she found she was tired,
She abruptly expired,
That unfortunate Lady of Clare.
"Limerick:There was a Young Lady of Clare" by Edward Lear
Instead of singing Verse the Third,
I ceased - abruptly, rather:
But, after such a splendid word
I felt that it would be absurd
To try it any farther.
"Phantasmagoria Canto VII ( Sad Souvenaunce )" by Lewis Carroll
There was an Old Man of Dundee,
Who frequented the top of a tree;
When disturbed by the crows,
He abruptly arose,
And exclaimed, 'I'll return to Dundee.'
"Limerick: There was an Old Man of Dundee" by Edward Lear
With a somewhat abrupt movement,
to bring down from a shelf some
photographs that he wanted to see closely,
the bandage was untied and a little blood ran.
"The Bandaged Shoulder" by Constantine P Cavafy
We simply cannot get into our minds
That people do not always die in bed.
They die abruptly, with unfinished work,
Before they reach the target, they are dead!
""All through his life he drew the scenes of war..."" by Konstantin Simonov

In news:

Vanderbilt's Johnson cites personal decision for abrupt retirement.
Dream Season Comes to Abrupt End.
Abrupt Dem retirements show tough landscape.
Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus has made a rap video to explain her abrupt decision to quit Twitter.com.
FRA tennis season comes to an abrupt end.
The Origin of Form Was Abrupt Not Gradual October 11, 2008.
Mali's prime minister abruptly resigns after arrest.
The 61-year-old lawmaker's abrupt announcement shocked even his closest Republican colleagues.
Private Vocational School In Oklahoma City Abruptly Shuts Down Its Two Campuses.
A private vocational school abruptly closed its two Oklahoma City campuses last week, prompting some of its 80 students to transfer to Platt College of Moore and leaving others bewildered about what comes next.
A private vocational school abruptly closed its two Oklahoma City campuses Friday, prompting some of its 80 students to transfer to Platt College of Moore and leaving others bewildered about what comes next.
Israel Defense Minister Ehud Barak abruptly quits politics.
18 days of upheaval at U-Va. Official resigns abruptly following leadership crisis.
Seven Memphis area CK's Coffee Shops close abruptly .
General Motors' chief global marketer Joel Ewanick quits abruptly .

In science:

These ma jor mergers are visible in Figure 4 as abrupt changes in F (z) which are often accompanied by large fluctuations in the mass within 10h−1 kpc.
Early Formation and Late Merging of the Giant Galaxies
However, as in BE case, the variation of Λ in infinite correlated ensembles may lead to an abrupt transition, with its critical point given by the condition Λ = size independent .
Random Matrices with Correlated Elements: A Model for Disorder with Interactions
The simplest energy dependence for the continuum is one that obeys the Wigner threshold law up to some abrupt cutoff: f 2 (ǫ) = Θ(ǫM − ǫ).
Improved efficiency of stimulated Raman adiabatic passage in photoassociation of a Bose-Einstein condensate
It has a long tail towards the high thresholds and falls off abruptly towards low thresholds.
Universal Fluctuations of the Random Lasing Threshold in a Sample of a Finite Area
On the qualitative level, experimental verification of the distribution (1) of the random lasing threshold, predicted in the present paper, would be an observation of the characteristic asymmetry of the measured hystogram (long tail towards high thresholds and abrupt cutoff towards low thresholds).
Universal Fluctuations of the Random Lasing Threshold in a Sample of a Finite Area
It was also known from the analysis of the propagation of seismic waves that their speed changes abruptly a certain depths in the interior of the Earth.
Two simple problems in semiclassical dense matter physics
When we increase the wave number k the values of the amplitudes decrease abruptly.
On the stability of general relativistic geometric thin disks
As demonstrated in Sec. 7 and 8, a peak of the charge distribution is centered between the electrodes and the Coulomb blockade abruptly breaks this symmetry of the tunnel term when the bias voltage V ≥ Uc .
Broken Symmetry and Coherence of Molecular Vibrations in Tunnel Transitions
In this paper, we study a simple hydrodynamical model showing abrupt flow reversals at random times.
Flow reversal in a simple dynamical model of turbulence
It has been recently reported that abrupt flow reversal takes place at large Rayleigh number in thermal convection.
Flow reversal in a simple dynamical model of turbulence
First, the “states” ±UM , (between which abrupt transitions are observed) are not stationary solutions of the deterministic equations (5), rather the “states” should be considered as statistical ly stationary states of the system.
Flow reversal in a simple dynamical model of turbulence
It follows that, for large B , one cannot speak of “abrupt flow reversal”.
Flow reversal in a simple dynamical model of turbulence
All the results, presented so far, strongly indicate that equation (11) is a very good candidate to explain the observed abrupt “flow reversal” shown in figures (1) and (2), i.e. “flow reversal” is explained within the framework of large deviation theory of stochastic differential equations.
Flow reversal in a simple dynamical model of turbulence
The fundamental ob jection to this approach is that it does not describe a continuous hydrodynamic flow but only calculates the motion of a free particle that abruptly starts at a particular location following the force of a pressure gradient obtained from cooling of the flow.
Enhanced mass transfer during dwarf nova outbursts by irradiation of the secondary?
The abrupt appearance of a ≃ 1 mm size grains at t ≃ 500 year means that the ‘rain drops’ have finally reached the midplane and populate the midplane mass bins of size a ≃ 1 mm, giving rise to the isolated peak distribution around this size seen in the upper-right panel of Fig. 3.
Dust coagulation in protoplanetary disks: a rapid depletion of small grains