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1Suddenly and unexpectedly:‘the film ends rather abruptly’‘a drama about two young brothers who are abruptly abandoned by their father’
2In a rude or curt manner:‘she barely conceals her irritation and speaks briefly and abruptly to the woman’
3Steeply; precipitously:‘the forested terrain ascends abruptly’
- ‘However, as the paraboloid becomes narrower, it tilts, then abruptly tumbles onto its side.’
- ‘Coarse alluvial-fan sediments change abruptly basinward into lacustrine sediments.’
- ‘It is a ridge in the Serra do Divisor, which rises abruptly above a vast, level plain cloaked in tall forest.’
- ‘Seaward of the road, the grassy slopes end abruptly in rugged cliffs pounded by waves.’
- ‘Some grooves deepen and terminate fairly abruptly.’
- ‘These dikes can change direction abruptly.’
- ‘These terminate abruptly to the northeast at a fault that offsets the thrust.’
- ‘The Codling Fault terminates abruptly against the Palaeozoic Welsh Massif.’
- ‘Little has been published about the stratigraphic age of this group, which is abruptly overlain by these limestones.’
- ‘On the side opposite to the river, the land rose abruptly toward the village.’
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