• Euryalus' mother, distraught, abandons her weaving
    Euryalus' mother, distraught, abandons her weaving
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n abandonment withdrawing support or help despite allegiance or responsibility "his abandonment of his wife and children left them penniless"
    • n abandonment the voluntary surrender of property (or a right to property) without attempting to reclaim it or give it away
    • n abandonment the act of giving something up
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Police estimated that 10,000 abandoned, orphaned and runaway children were roaming the streets of New York City in 1852.
    • Abandonment Careless freedom or ease; abandon.
    • Abandonment The act of abandoning, or the state of being abandoned; total desertion; relinquishment. "The abandonment of the independence of Europe."
    • Abandonment (Mar. Law) The relinquishment by the insured to the underwriters of what may remain of the property insured after a loss or damage by a peril insured against.
    • Abandonment (Com. Law) The relinquishment of a right, claim, or privilege, as to mill site, etc.
    • Abandonment (Com. Law) The voluntary leaving of a person to whom one is bound by a special relation, as a wife, husband, or child; desertion.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Fifty years ago the B. F. Goodrich Company, the American corporation known for its automobile tires, thought it was really on to something. Its engineers came up with the prototype of an atomic golf ball. The ball, with a radioactive core, would be easy to locate with a Geiger counter if hit into the rough. But the company abandoned the invention as unworkable.
    • n abandonment The act of abandoning, or the state of being abandoned; absolute relinquishment; total desertion.
    • n abandonment Abandon; enthusiasm; freedom from constraint.
    • n abandonment In law: The relinquishment of a possession, privilege, or claim.
    • n abandonment The voluntary leaving of a person to whom one is bound by a relationship of obligation, as a wife, husband, or child; desertion.
    • n abandonment In maritime law, the surrender of a ship and freight by the owner to one who has become his creditor through contracts made by the latter with the master of the ship. In effect such an abandonment may release the owner from further responsibility.
    • n abandonment In marine insurance, the relinquishing to underwriters of all the property saved from loss by shipwreck, capture, or other peril provided against in the policy, in order that the insured may be entitled to indemnification for a total loss.
    • n abandonment In the customs, the giving up of an article by the importer to avoid payment of the duty.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Abandonment act of abandoning: state of being given up: enthusiastic surrender of self to a cause:
    • n Abandonment (law) the renunciation of a claim
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  • Denis Waitley
    “You must stick to your conviction, but be ready to abandon your assumptions.”
  • Charles Sumner
    Charles Sumner
    “From the beginning of our history the country has been afflicted with compromise. It is by compromise that human rights have been ;abandoned.”
  • Marshall Pugh
    Marshall Pugh
    “Dancing with abandon, turning a tango into a fertility rite.”
  • Graham Greene
    “If you have abandoned one faith, do not abandon all faith. There is always an alternative to the faith we lose. Or is it the same faith under another mask?”
  • Confucius
    “When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them.”
  • Latin Proverb
    Latin Proverb
    “Fortune favors the bold, but abandons the timid.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. abandonnement,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. bandon, from the Teut. root ban, proclamation, came to mean decree, authorisation, permission; hence à bandon—at will or discretion, abandonner, to give up to the will or disposal of some one. See Ban, Banns.


In literature:

Furs and greatcoats were abandoned.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
The Manager of a bank of Brussels had abandoned everything he owned and joined the crowd.
"A Journal From Our Legation in Belgium" by Hugh Gibson
Pardon me, but I may venture to ask that question of a poor, abandoned captive of the Bastille.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
Then he marched to Dundalk; and afterwards advanced to Ardee, which the enemy had just abandoned.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
The laughter and greeting of friends betrayed more abandon than earlier in the evening.
"A Maker of History" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Accordingly, he abandoned the idea of continuing in it.
"James Fenimore Cooper" by Thomas R. Lounsbury
He whom she had worshipped had been an idol of clay, and she knew that it was well for her to have abandoned that idolatry.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
He at once abandoned all hope of a professional career, and set sail for America.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
But the Consuls foresaw that the Latins would not abandon Capua, their great acquisition; and the event proved their wisdom.
"A Smaller History of Rome" by William Smith and Eugene Lawrence
Much of the land thus abandoned still remains unoccupied.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various

In poetry:

Their shoulders held the sky suspended;
They stood, and earth's foundations stay;
What God abandoned, these defended,
And saved the sum of things for pay.
"XXXVII: Epitaph On An Army of Mercenaries" by A E Housman
The water-courses--open, unconfined
To his down-peering eye. Improvident
The bare fields lie in swart abandonment;
The hills their tresses thoughtlessly unbind
"An August Noon" by James Herbert Morse
‘Once more in Delos, once more is the altar a-quiver.
Once more is the chant heard.
Once more are the never abandoned gardens
Full of gossip and old tales.’
"Surgit Fama" by Ezra Pound
My bones are loose as clothespins,
as abandoned as dolls in a toy shop
and my heart, old hunger motor, with its sins
revved up like an engine that would not stop.
"The Break" by Anne Sexton
Where dusk is empty, like a broken tale,
Abandoned by a star, without conclusion,
So that expressionless, unfathomable,
A thousand clamouring eyes are in confusion.
"It's spring, I leave a street where poplars..." by Boris Pasternak
She leaned on a strong arm, and little feared
Abandonment to help if heaved or sank
Her heart at intervals while Love looked blank,
Life rosier were she but less revered.
"The Hueless Love" by George Meredith

In news:

0Authorities are investigating a body they found inside of an abandoned home near the shores of the Rio Grande.
The city of Cleveland is considered one of the nation's leaders in deconstructing abandoned homes and salvaging materials.
Deconstructing, as opposed to demolishing, abandoned buildings will revitalize our cities by reducing waste, creating green jobs, providing high-quality recycled materials for new construction, and more.
I've had a series of events lately that have made me realize I abandoned ship on a subject that faces me daily: my living space.
He lures them into abandoned buildings, the police say, possibly with the promise of drugs or money for sex.
"The Abyss" was made in 7.5 million gallons of water in a concrete containment tank at an abandoned nuclear power station.
Abandoned Boy Meets Texas Firefighter Who Found Him.
A Frito-Lay truck was stolen and abandoned in Atlantic City.
Crews began demolishing abandoned buildings on the South Side Thursday as part of an effort to stop gang violence in Chicago.
The Devils abandoned the idea of a three-goalie system yesterday by assigning MIKE DUNHAM to their top affiliate in the minor leagues without giving him a chance to play a single minute in the league.
Hikers find an abandoned backpack, torn clothes and blood in Denali National Park .
An overnight fire in an abandoned home had almost 20 people.
Michigan has 'un-mined gold' in abandoned oil wells, US Department of Energy assistant secretary says in visit to WMU.
NEW CASTLE — An abandoned campfire is suspected of igniting a wildfire that's burning in the Flat Top mountain range north of New Castle.
Two of the six puppies abandoned in a suitcase.

In science:

It is also possible to abandon the universality conditions for coefficients corresponding to different contractions in the group productions.
Generalized Froggatt-Nielsen Mechanism
In particular the decorations above will be abandoned: a loop ˜a will now just be denoted by a.
Constructions of generalized complex structures in dimension four
The reason (cid:2)xµ , S ab (cid:3) = 0 is that xµ are coordinates and do not represent the components of the position vector. A vector character may be attributed to xµ in flat space, but must be abandoned in the manifold model for space-time.
On the equation of motion for test particles in an ambient gravitational field as the Wong equation for a generalized gauge theory
POP/K is explicitly abandoned in HMQV, however as we shall see, there exists a way to maliciously asymmetrical ly compute the session-key of HMQV without knowing either static secret-key or ephemeral DH-exponent.
A New Family of Practical Non-Malleable Diffie-Hellman Protocols
In particular, the basic version of HMQV does not check whether the shared DH-secret is 1G or not, and POP/K of secret-keys is explicitly abandoned in HMQV.
A New Family of Practical Non-Malleable Diffie-Hellman Protocols