Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Adenotomy noun [ Adeno- + Greek ... a cutting, ... to cut.] (Anat.) Dissection of, or incision into, a gland or glands.
Adenous adjective Same as Adenose .
Adeps noun [ Latin ] Animal fat; lard.
[ Latin adeptus
obtained (sc. artem
), ...he who has obtained an art, past participle of adipsci
to arrive ...at, to obtain; ad
to pursue. See Apt
, and confer Adapt
.] One fully skilled or well versed in anything; a proficient; as, adepts in philosophy.
Adept adjective Well skilled; completely versed; thoroughly proficient.
Beaus adept in everything profound.
[ Latin adeptio
. See Adept
] An obtaining; attainment.
In the wit and policy of the capitain consisteth the chief adeption of the victory.
Adeptist noun A skilled alchemist. [ Obsolete]
Adeptness noun The quality of being adept; skill.
[ See Adequate
.] The state or quality of being adequate, proportionate, or sufficient; a sufficiency for a particular purpose; as, the adequacy of supply to the expenditure.
[ Latin adaequatus
, past participle of adaequare
to make equal to; ad
to make equal, aequus
equal. See Equal
.] Equal to some requirement; proportionate, or correspondent; fully sufficient; as, powers adequate to a great work; an adequate definition.
Ireland had no adequate champion. Syn.
-- Proportionate; commensurate; sufficient; suitable; competent; capable.
Adequate transitive verb
[ See Adequate
] 1. To equalize; to make adequate.
[ R.] Fotherby. 2. To equal.
It [ is] an impossibility for any creature to adequate God in his eternity.
Adequately adverb In an adequate manner.
Adequateness noun The quality of being adequate; suitableness; sufficiency; adequacy.
Adequation noun [ Latin adaequatio .] The act of equalizing; act or result of making adequate; an equivalent. [ Obsolete] Bp. Barlow.
Adesmy noun [ Greek ... unfettered; 'a priv. + ... a fetter.] (Botany) The division or defective coherence of an organ that is usually entire.
Adessenarian noun [ Formed from Latin adesse to be present; ad + esse to be.] (Eccl. Hist.) One who held the real presence of Christ's body in the eucharist, but not by transubstantiation.
[ Latin adfectus
. See Affect
] (Alg.) See Affected , 5.
Adhamant adjective [ From Latin adhamare to catch; ad + hamus hook.] Clinging, as by hooks.
Adhere intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Adhered
; present participle & verbal noun Adhering
] [ Latin adhaerere
to stick: confer French adhérer
. See Aghast
.] 1. To stick fast or cleave, as a glutinous substance does; to become joined or united; as, wax to the finger; the lungs sometimes adhere to the pleura. 2. To hold, be attached, or devoted; to remain fixed, either by personal union or conformity of faith, principle, or opinion; as, men adhere to a party, a cause, a leader, a church. 3. To be consistent or coherent; to be in accordance; to agree.
"Nor time nor place did then adhere
." "Every thing adheres
together." Shak. Syn.
-- To attach; stick; cleave; cling; hold
[ Confer French adhérence
, Late Latin adhaerentia
.] 1. The quality or state of adhering. 2. The state of being fixed in attachment; fidelity; steady attachment; adhesion; as, adherence to a party or to opinions. Syn.
. These words, which were once freely interchanged, are now almost entirely separated. Adherence
is no longer used to denote physical union, but is applied, to mental states or habits; as, a strict adherence
to one's duty; close adherence
to the argument, etc. Adhesion
is now confined chiefly to the physical sense, except in the phrase "To give in one's adhesion
to a cause or a party."
1. The state or quality of being adherent; adherence. [ R.] 2. That which adheres. [ Obsolete] Dr. H. More.
Adherent adjective [ Latin adhaerens , -entis , present participle: confer French adhérent .]
1. Sticking; clinging; adhering. Pope. 2. Attached as an attribute or circumstance. 3. (Botany) Congenitally united with an organ of another kind, as calyx with ovary, or stamens with petals.
1. One who adheres; one who adheres; one who follows a leader, party, or profession; a follower, or partisan; a believer in a particular faith or church. 2. That which adheres; an appendage. [ R.] Milton. Syn. -- Follower; partisan; upholder; disciple; supporter; dependent; ally; backer.
Adherently adverb In an adherent manner.
Adherer noun One who adheres; an adherent.
[ Latin adhaesio
, from adhaerere
: confer French adhésion
.] 1. The action of sticking; the state of being attached; intimate union; as, the adhesion of glue, or of parts united by growth, cement, or the like. 2. Adherence; steady or firm attachment; fidelity; as, adhesion to error, to a policy.
His adhesion to the Tories was bounded by his approbation of their foreign policy. 3. Agreement to adhere; concurrence; assent.
To that treaty Spain and England gave in their adhesion . 4. (Physics) The molecular attraction exerted between bodies in contact. See Cohesion . 5. (Medicine) Union of surface, normally separate, by the formation of new tissue resulting from an inflammatory process. 6. (Botany) The union of parts which are separate in other plants, or in younger states of the same plant. Syn.
-- Adherence; union. See Adherence
[ Confer French adhésif
.] 1. Sticky; tenacious, as glutinous substances. 2. Apt or tending to adhere; clinging. Thomson. Adhesive attraction
. (Physics) See Attraction
. -- Adhesive inflammation (Surg.)
, that kind of inflammation which terminates in the reunion of divided parts without suppuration.
-- Adhesive plaster
, a sticking; a plaster containing resin, wax, litharge, and olive oil.
Adhesively adverb In an adhesive manner.
1. The quality of sticking or adhering; stickiness; tenacity of union. 2. (Phren.) Propensity to form and maintain attachments to persons, and to promote social intercourse.
Adhibit transitive verb [ Latin adhibitus , past participle of adhibere to hold to; ad + habere to have.]
1. To admit, as a person or thing; to take in. Muirhead. 2. To use or apply; to administer. Camden. 3. To attach; to affix. Alison.
Adhibition noun [ Latin adhibitio .] The act of adhibiting; application; use. Whitaker.
Adhort transitive verb
[ Latin adhortari
. See Adhortation
.] To exhort; to advise.
[ Obsolete] Feltham.
Adhortation noun [ Latin adhortatio , from adhortari to advise; ad + hortari to exhort.] Advice; exhortation. [ Obsolete] Peacham.
Adhortatory adjective Containing counsel or warning; hortatory; advisory. [ Obsolete] Potter.
Adiabatic adjective [ Greek ... not passable; 'a priv. + ... through + ... to go.] (Physics) Not giving out or receiving heat. -- Ad`i*a*bat`ic*al*ly , adverb Adiabatic line or curve , a curve exhibiting the variations of pressure and volume of a fluid when it expands without either receiving or giving out heat. Rankine.
Adiactinic adjective [ Prefix a- not + diactinic .] (Chemistry) Not transmitting the actinic rays.
Adiantum noun [ Latin , from Greek ..., maidenhair; 'a priv. + ... to wet.] (Botany) A genus of ferns, the leaves of which shed water; maidenhair. Also, the black maidenhair, a species of spleenwort.
Adiaphorism noun Religious indifference.
[ See Adiaphorous
.] (Eccl. Hist.) One of the German Protestants who, with Melanchthon, held some opinions and ceremonies to be indifferent or nonessential, which Luther condemned as sinful or heretical. Murdock.
Adiaphoristic adjective Pertaining to matters indifferent in faith and practice. Shipley.
Adiaphorous adjective [ Greek ...; 'a priv. + ... different; ... through + ... to bear.]
1. Indifferent or neutral. Jer. Taylor. 2. (Medicine) Incapable of doing either harm or good, as some medicines. Dunglison.
Adiaphory noun [ Greek ....] Indifference. [ Obsolete]
Adiathermic adjective [ Greek 'a priv. + ... through + ...heat.] Not pervious to heat.
Adieu interj. & adverb [ Middle English also adew , adewe , adue , F. ... dieu , from Latin ad to + deus God.] Good-by; farewell; an expression of kind wishes at parting.
; plural Adieus A farewell; commendation to the care of God at parting. Shak.
Adight transitive verb
[ past participle Adight
.] [ Prefix a-
(intensive) + Middle English dihten
. See Dight
.] To set in order; to array; to attire; to deck, to dress.