Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Addle-brain, Addle-head Ad"dle- pate noun A foolish or dull-witted fellow. [ Colloq.]

Addle-brained, Addle-headed Ad"dle-pa`ted adjective Dull-witted; stupid. "The addle-brained Oberstein." Motley.

Dull and addle-pated .
Dryden.

Addle-patedness noun Stupidity.

Addlings noun plural [ See Addle , to earn.] Earnings. [ Prov. Eng.] Wright.

Addoom transitive verb [ Prefix a- + doom .] To adjudge. [ Obsolete] Spenser.

Addorsed adjective [ Latin ad + dorsum , back: confer French adossé .] (Her.) Set or turned back to back.

Address transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Addressed ; present participle & verbal noun Addressing .] [ Middle English adressen to raise erect, adorn, Old French adrecier , to straighten, address, French adresser , from à (L. ad ) + Old French drecier , French dresser , to straighten, arrange. See Dress , v. ]
1. To aim; to direct. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

And this good knight his way with me addrest .
Spenser.

2. To prepare or make ready. [ Obsolete]

His foe was soon addressed .
Spenser.

Turnus addressed his men to single fight.
Dryden.

The five foolish virgins addressed themselves at the noise of the bridegroom's coming.
Jer. Taylor.

3. Reflexively: To prepare one's self; to apply one's skill or energies ( to some object); to betake.

These men addressed themselves to the task.
Macaulay.

4. To clothe or array; to dress. [ Archaic]

Tecla . . . addressed herself in man's apparel.
Jewel.

5. To direct, as words ( to any one or any thing); to make, as a speech, petition, etc. ( to any one, an audience).

The young hero had addressed his players to him for his assistance.
Dryden.

6. To direct speech to; to make a communication to, whether spoken or written; to apply to by words, as by a speech, petition, etc., to speak to; to accost.

Are not your orders to address the senate?
Addison.

The representatives of the nation addressed the king.
Swift.

7. To direct in writing, as a letter; to superscribe, or to direct and transmit; as, he addressed a letter.

8. To make suit to as a lover; to court; to woo.

9. (Com.) To consign or intrust to the care of another, as agent or factor; as, the ship was addressed to a merchant in Baltimore.

To address one's self to . (a) To prepare one's self for; to apply one's self to. (b) To direct one's speech or discourse to.

Address intransitive verb
1. To prepare one's self. [ Obsolete] "Let us address to tend on Hector's heels." Shak.

2. To direct speech. [ Obsolete]

Young Turnus to the beauteous maid addrest .
Dryden.

» The intransitive uses come from the dropping out of the reflexive pronoun.

Address noun [ Confer French adresse . See Address , transitive verb ]


1. Act of preparing one's self. [ Obsolete] Jer Taylor.

2. Act of addressing one's self to a person; verbal application.

3. A formal communication, either written or spoken; a discourse; a speech; a formal application to any one; a petition; a formal statement on some subject or special occasion; as, an address of thanks, an address to the voters.

4. Direction or superscription of a letter, or the name, title, and place of residence of the person addressed.

5. Manner of speaking to another; delivery; as, a man of pleasing or insinuating address .

6. Attention in the way one's addresses to a lady. Addison.

7. Skill; skillful management; dexterity; adroitness.

Syn. -- Speech; discourse; harangue; oration; petition; lecture; readiness; ingenuity; tact; adroitness.

Address transitive verb -- To address the ball (Golf) , to take aim at the ball, adjusting the grip on the club, the attitude of the body, etc., to a convenient position.

Addressee noun One to whom anything is addressed.

Addression noun The act of addressing or directing one's course. [ Rare & Obsolete] Chapman.

Adduce transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Adduced ; present participle & verbal noun Adducing ] [ Latin adducere , adductum , to lead or bring to; ad + ducere to lead. See Duke , and confer Adduct .] To bring forward or offer, as an argument, passage, or consideration which bears on a statement or case; to cite; to allege.

Reasons . . . were adduced on both sides.
Macaulay.

Enough could not be adduced to satisfy the purpose of illustration.
De Quincey.

Syn. -- To present; allege; advance; cite; quote; assign; urge; name; mention.

Adducent adjective [ Latin addunces , present participle of adducere .] (Physiol.) Bringing together or towards a given point; -- a word applied to those muscles of the body which pull one part towards another. Opposed to abducent .

Adducer noun One who adduces.

Adducible adjective Capable of being adduced.

Proofs innumerable, and in every imaginable manner diversified, are adducible .
I. Taylor.

Adduct transitive verb [ Latin adductus , past participle of adducere . See Adduce .] (Physiol.) To draw towards a common center or a middle line. Huxley.

Adduction noun [ Confer French adduction . See Adduce .]
1. The act of adducing or bringing forward.

An adduction of facts gathered from various quarters.
I. Taylor.

2. (Physiol.) The action by which the parts of the body are drawn towards its axis]; -- opposed to abduction . Dunglison.

Adductive adjective Adducing, or bringing towards or to something.

Adductor noun [ Latin , from adducere .] (Anat.) A muscle which draws a limb or part of the body toward the middle line of the body, or closes extended parts of the body; -- opposed to abductor ; as, the adductor of the eye, which turns the eye toward the nose.

In the bivalve shells, the muscles which close the values of the shell are called adductor muscles.
Verrill.

Addulce transitive verb [ Like French adoucir ; from Latin ad . + dulcis sweet.] To sweeten; to soothe. [ Obsolete] Bacon.

Adeem transitive verb [ Latin adimere . See Ademption .] (Law) To revoke, as a legacy, grant, etc., or to satisfy it by some other gift.

Adelantadillo noun [ Spanish ] A Spanish red wine made of the first ripe grapes.

Adelantado noun [ Spanish , propast participle of adelantar to advance, to promote.] A governor of a province; a commander. Prescott.

Adelaster noun [ Greek ... not manifest + ... a star.] (Botany) A provisional name for a plant which has not had its flowers botanically examined, and therefore has not been referred to its proper genus.

Adeling noun Same as Atheling .

Adelocodonic adjective [ Greek ... invisible + ... a bell.] (Zoology) Applied to sexual zooids of hydroids, that have a saclike form and do not become free; -- opposed to phanerocodonic .

Adelopod noun [ Greek ... invisible + ..., ..., foot.] (Zoology) An animal having feet that are not apparent.

Adelphia noun [ Greek 'adelfo`s brother.] (Botany) A "brotherhood," or collection of stamens in a bundle; -- used in composition, as in the class names, Mon adelphia , Di adelphia , etc.

Adelphous adjective [ Greek 'adelfo`s brother.] (Botany) Having coalescent or clustered filaments; -- said of stamens; as, adelphous stamens. Usually in composition; as, mon adelphous . Gray.

Adempt (ȧ*dĕmt"; 215) past participle [ Latin ademptus , past participle of adimere to take away.] Takes away. [ Obsolete]

Without any sinister suspicion of anything being added or adempt .
Latimer.

Ademption (ȧ*dĕmp"shŭn) noun [ Latin ademptio , from adimere , ademptum , to take away; ad + emere to buy, orig. to take.] (Law) The revocation or taking away of a grant donation, legacy, or the like. Bouvier.

Aden ulcer [ So named after Aden , a seaport in Southern Arabia, where it occurs.] (Medicine) A disease endemic in various parts of tropical Asia, due to a specific microörganism which produces chronic ulcers on the limbs. It is often fatal. Called also Cochin China ulcer , Persian ulcer , tropical ulcer , etc.

Aden-, Adeno- [ Greek ..., ..., gland.] Combining forms of the Greek word for gland ; -- used in words relating to the structure, diseases, etc., of the glands.

Adenalgia, Adenalgy noun [ Greek ... + ... pain.] (Medicine) Pain in a gland.

Adeniform adjective [ Aden- + - form .] Shaped like a gland; adenoid. Dunglison.

Adenitis noun [ Aden- + - itis .] (Medicine) Glandular inflammation. Dunglison.

Adenographic adjective Pertaining to adenography.

Adenography noun [ Adeno- + -graphy .] That part of anatomy which describes the glands.

Adenoid noun (Medicine) A swelling produced by overgrowth of the adenoid tissue in the roof of the pharynx; -- usually in plural

Adenoid, Adenoidal adjective Glandlike; glandular.

Adenological adjective Pertaining to adenology.

Adenology noun [ Adeno- + - logy .] The part of physiology that treats of the glands.

Adenoma noun ; Latin plural -mata . [ New Latin ; adeno- + -oma .] (Medicine) A benign tumor of a glandlike structure; morbid enlargement of a gland. -- Ad`e*nom"a*tous adjective

Adenopathy noun [ Adeno- + Greek ... suffering, ... to suffer.] (Medicine) Disease of a gland.

Adenophorous adjective [ Adeno- + Greek ... bearing.] (Botany) Producing glands.

Adenophyllous adjective [ Adeno- + Greek ... leaf.] (Botany) Having glands on the leaves.

Adenosclerosis noun [ New Latin ; adeno- + sclerosis .] (Medicine) The hardening of a gland.

Adenose adjective Like a gland; full of glands; glandulous; adenous.

Adenotomic adjective Pertaining to adenotomy.