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  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    To reach, to touch. In old law, the ends were said to abut, the sides to adjoin. Cro. Jac. 184. And see Lawrence v. Killam, 11 Kan. 499, 511; Springfield v. Green. 120 111. 269, 11 N. E. 261. Property is described as "abutting" on a street, road, etc., when, it adjoins or is adjacent thereto, either in the sense of actually touching it or being practically contiguous to it, being separated by no more than a small and inconsiderable distance, but not when another lot, a street or any other such distance intervenes. Richards v. Cincinnati, 31 Ohio St. 506; Springfield v. Green. 120 111. 269, 11 N. E. 261; Cohen v. Cleveland, 43 Ohio St. 190, 1 N. E. 589; Holt v. Somerville, 127 Mass. 408; Cincinnati v, Batsche, 52 Ohio St. 324, 40 N. E. 21, 27 L. R. A. 536; Code Iowa 1897, ยง 968.