Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Administrator noun [ Latin ]
1. One who administers affairs; one who directs, manages, executes, or dispenses, whether in civil, judicial, political, or ecclesiastical affairs; a manager. 2. (Law) A man who manages or settles the estate of an intestate, or of a testator when there is no competent executor; one to whom the right of administration has been committed by competent authority.
Administratorship noun The position or office of an administrator.
Administratrix noun [ New Latin ] A woman who administers; esp., one who administers the estate of an intestate, or to whom letters of administration have been granted; a female administrator.
Admirability noun [ Latin admirabilitac .] Admirableness. [ R.] Johnson.
[ Latin admirabilis
: confer French admirable
.] 1. Fitted to excite wonder; wonderful; marvelous.
In man there is nothing admirable but his ignorance and weakness. 2. Having qualities to excite wonder united with approbation; deserving the highest praise; most excellent; -- used of persons or things.
machine." " Admirable
fortitude." Macaulay. Syn.
-- Wonderful; marvelous; surprising; excellent; delightful; praiseworthy.
Admirableness noun The quality of being admirable; wonderful excellence.
Admirably adverb In an admirable manner.
[ Middle English amiral
, Old French amiral
, ultimately from Arabic amīr-al- bahr
commander of the sea; Arabic amīr
is commander, al
is the Arabic article, and amīr-al
, heard in different titles, was taken as one word. Early forms of the word show confusion with Latin admirabilis
admirable, from admirari
to admire. It is said to have been introduced into Europe by the Genoese or Venetians, in the 12th or 13th century. Confer Ameer
.] 1. A naval officer of the highest rank; a naval officer of high rank, of which there are different grades. The chief gradations in rank are admiral , vice admiral , and rear admiral . The admiral is the commander in chief of a fleet or of fleets. 2. The ship which carries the admiral; also, the most considerable ship of a fleet.
Like some mighty admiral , dark and terrible, bearing down upon his antagonist with all his canvas straining to the wind, and all his thunders roaring from his broadsides. 3. (Zoology) A handsome butterfly ( Pyrameis Atalanta ) of Europe and America. The larva feeds on nettles. Admiral shell (Zoology)
, the popular name of an ornamental cone shell ( Conus admiralis ). Lord High Admiral
, a great officer of state, who (when this rare dignity is conferred) is at the head of the naval administration of Great Britain.
Admiralship noun The office or position oaf an admiral; also, the naval skill of an admiral.
; plural Admiralties
[ French amirauté
, for an older amiralté
, office of admiral, from Late Latin admiralitas
. See Admiral
.] 1. The office or jurisdiction of an admiral. Prescott. 2. The department or officers having authority over naval affairs generally. 3. The court which has jurisdiction of maritime questions and offenses.
» In England, admiralty jurisdiction was formerly vested in the High Court of Admiralty, which was held before the Lord High Admiral, or his deputy, styled the Judge of the Admiralty; but admiralty jurisdiction is now vested in the probate, divorce, and admiralty division of the High Justice. In America, there are no admiralty courts distinct from others, but admiralty jurisdiction is vested in the district courts of the United States, subject to revision by the circuit courts and the Supreme Court of the United States. Admiralty jurisprudence has cognizance of maritime contracts and torts, collisions at sea, cases of prize in war, etc., and in America, admiralty jurisdiction is extended to such matters, arising out of the navigation of any of the public waters, as the Great Lakes and rivers. 4. The system of jurisprudence of admiralty courts. 5. The building in which the lords of the admiralty, in England, transact business.
Admirance noun [ Confer Old French admirance .] Admiration. [ Obsolete] Spenser.
[ French, from Latin admiratio
. See Admire
.] 1. Wonder; astonishment.
Season your admiration for a while. 2. Wonder mingled with approbation or delight; an emotion excited by a person or thing possessed of wonderful or high excellence; as, admiration of a beautiful woman, of a landscape, of virtue. 3. Cause of admiration; something to excite wonder, or pleased surprise; a prodigy.
Now, good Lafeu, bring in the admiration . Note of admiration
, the mark (!), called also exclamation point . Syn.
-- Wonder; approval; appreciation; adoration; reverence; worship.
Admirative adjective Relating to or expressing admiration or wonder. [ R.] Earle.
Admire transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Admired
; present participle & verbal noun Admiring
] [ French admirer
, from Latin admirari
to wonder, for smirari
, akin to Greek ... to smile, Sanskrit smi
, and English smile
.] 1. To regard with wonder or astonishment; to view with surprise; to marvel at.
Examples rather to be admired than imitated. 2. To regard with wonder and delight; to look upon with an elevated feeling of pleasure, as something which calls out approbation, esteem, love, or reverence; to estimate or prize highly; as, to admire a person of high moral worth, to admire a landscape.
Admired as heroes and as gods obeyed.
followed by the infinitive is obsolete or colloquial; as, I admire
to see a man consistent in his conduct. Syn.
-- To esteem; approve; delight in.
Admire intransitive verb To wonder; to marvel; to be affected with surprise; -- sometimes with at .
To wonder at Pharaoh, and even admire at myself.
1. Regarded with wonder and delight; highly prized; as, an admired poem. 2. Wonderful; also, admirable. [ Obsolete] " Admired disorder." " Admired Miranda." Shak.
Admirer noun One who admires; one who esteems or loves greatly. Cowper.
Admiring adjective Expressing admiration; as, an admiring glance. -- Ad*mir"ing*ly , adverb Shak.
Admissibility noun [ Confer French admissibilité .] The quality of being admissible; admissibleness; as, the admissibility of evidence.
[ French admissible
, Late Latin admissibilis
. See Admit
.] Entitled to be admitted, or worthy of being admitted; that may be allowed or conceded; allowable; as, the supposition is hardly admissible .
[ Latin admissio
: confer French admission
. See Admit
.] 1. The act or practice of admitting. 2. Power or permission to enter; admittance; entrance; access; power to approach.
What numbers groan for sad admission there! 3. The granting of an argument or position not fully proved; the act of acknowledging something ...serted; acknowledgment; concession.
The too easy admission of doctrines. 4. (Law) Acquiescence or concurrence in a statement made by another, and distinguishable from a confession in that an admission presupposes prior inquiry by another, but a confession may be made without such inquiry. 5. A fact, point, or statement admitted; as, admission made out of court are received in evidence. 6. (Eng. Eccl. Law) Declaration of the bishop that he approves of the presentee as a fit person to serve the cure of the church to which he is presented. Shipley. Syn.
-- Admittance; concession; acknowledgment; concurrence; allowance. See Admittance
Admissive adjective Implying an admission; tending to admit. [ R.] Lamb.
Admissory adjective Pertaining to admission.
Admit transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Admitted
; present participle & verbal noun Admitting
.] [ Middle English amitten
, Latin admittere
to send: confer French admettre
, Old French admettre
, Old French ametre
. See Missile
.] 1. To suffer to enter; to grant entrance, whether into a place, or into the mind, or consideration; to receive; to take; as, they were into his house; to admit a serious thought into the mind; to admit evidence in the trial of a cause. 2. To give a right of entrance; as, a ticket admits one into a playhouse. 3. To allow (one) to enter on an office or to enjoy a privilege; to recognize as qualified for a franchise; as, to admit an attorney to practice law; the prisoner was admitted to bail. 4. To concede as true; to acknowledge or assent to, as an allegation which it is impossible to deny; to own or confess; as, the argument or fact is admitted ; he admitted his guilt. 5. To be capable of; to permit; as, the words do not admit such a construction. In this sense, of may be used after the verb, or may be omitted.
Both Houses declared that they could admit of no treaty with the king.
Admittable adjective Admissible. Sir T. Browne.
Admittance noun 1. The act of admitting. 2. Permission to enter; the power or right of entrance; also, actual entrance; reception.
To gain admittance into the house.
He desires admittance to the king.
To give admittance to a thought of fear. 3. Concession; admission; allowance; as, the admittance of an argument.
[ Obsolete] Sir T. Browne. 4. Admissibility.
[ Obsolete] Shak. 5. (Eng. Law) The act of giving possession of a copyhold estate. Bouvier. Syn.
-- Admission; access; entrance; initiation. -- Admittance
. These words are, to some extent, in a state of transition and change. Admittance
is now chiefly confined to its primary sense of access into some locality or building. Thus we see on the doors of factories, shops, etc. "No admittance
." Its secondary or moral sense, as " admittance
to the church," is almost entirely laid aside. Admission
has taken to itself the secondary or figurative senses; as, admission
to the rights of citizenship; admission
to the church; the admissions
made by one of the parties in a dispute. And even when used in its primary sense, it is not identical with admittance
. Thus, we speak of admission
into a country, territory, and other larger localities, etc., where admittance
could not be used. So, when we speak of admission
to a concert or other public assembly, the meaning is not perhaps exactly that of admittance
, viz., access within the walls of the building, but rather a reception into the audience, or access to the performances. But the lines of distinction on this subject are one definitely drawn.
Admittance noun (Electricity) The reciprocal of impedance.
Admittatur noun [ Latin , let him be admitted.] The certificate of admission given in some American colleges.
Admitted adjective Received as true or valid; acknowledged. -- Ad*mit"ted*ly adverb Confessedly.
Admitter noun One who admits.
Admix transitive verb
[ Prefix ad-
: confer Latin admixtus
, past participle of admiscere
. See Mix
.] To mingle with something else; to mix.
Admixtion noun [ Latin admixtio .] A mingling of different things; admixture. Glanvill.
[ Latin admiscere
, to admix; ad
to mix. See Mix
.] 1. The act of mixing; mixture. 2. The compound formed by mixing different substances together. 3. That which is mixed with anything.
Admonish transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Admonished
; present participle & verbal noun Admonishing
.] [ Middle English amonesten
, Old French amonester
, French admonester
, from a supposed Late Latin admonesstrare
, from Latin admonere
to remind, warn; ad
to warn. See Monition
.] 1. To warn or notify of a fault; to reprove gently or kindly, but seriously; to exhort.
him as a brother." 2 Thess. iii. 15. 2. To counsel against wrong practices; to cation or advise; to warn against danger or an offense; -- followed by of , against , or a subordinate clause.
Admonishing one another in psalms and hymns.
Col. iii. 16.
I warned thee, I admonished thee, foretold 3. To instruct or direct; to inform; to notify.
The danger, and the lurking enemy.
Moses was admonished of God, when he was about to make the tabernacle.
Hebrew viii. 5.
Admonisher noun One who admonishes.
Admonishment (-m e nt) noun [ Confer Old French amonestement , admonestement .] Admonition. [ R.] Shak.
[ Middle English amonicioun
, Old French amonition
, French admonition
, from Latin admonitio
, from admonere
. See Admonish
.] Gentle or friendly reproof; counseling against a fault or error; expression of authoritative advice; friendly caution or warning. Syn.
is prospective, and relates to moral delinquencies; its object is to prevent further transgression. Reprehension
are retrospective, the former being milder than the latter. A person of any age or station may be liable to reprehension
in case of wrong conduct; but reproof
is the act of a superior. It is authoritative fault-finding or censure addressed to children or to inferiors.
Admonitioner noun Admonisher. [ Obsolete]
Admonitive adjective Admonitory. [ R.] Barrow. -- Ad*mon"i*tive*ly , adverb
[ Latin ] Admonisher; monitor.
Conscience is at most times a very faithful and prudent admonitor .
Admonitorial adjective Admonitory. [ R.] "An admonitorial tone." Dickens.
Admonitory adjective [ Late Latin admonitorius .] That conveys admonition; warning or reproving; as, an admonitory glance. -- Ad*mon"i*to*ri*ly , adverb
Admonitrix noun [ Latin ] A female admonitor.
[ Late Latin admortizatio
. Confer Amortization
.] (Law) The reducing or lands or tenements to mortmain. See Mortmain .
Admove transitive verb
[ Latin admovere
. See Move
.] To move or conduct to or toward.
[ Obsolete] Sir T. Browne.
Adnascent adjective [ Latin adnascens , present participle of adnasci to be born, grow.] Growing to or on something else. "An adnascent plant." Evelyn.
[ Latin adnatus
, past participle of adnasci
. See Adnascent
, and confer Agnate
.] 1. (Physiol.) Grown to congenitally. 2. (Botany) Growing together; -- said only of organic cohesion of unlike parts.
An anther is adnate when fixed by its whole length to the filament. 3. (Zoology) Growing with one side adherent to a stem; -- a term applied to the lateral zooids of corals and other compound animals.
Adnation noun (Botany) The adhesion or cohesion of different floral verticils or sets of organs.
Adnominal adjective [ Latin ad + nomen noun.] (Gram.) Pertaining to an adnoun; adjectival; attached to a noun. Gibbs. -- Ad*nom"i*nal*ly , adverb
Adnoun noun [ Prefix ad- + noun .] (Gram.) An adjective, or attribute. [ R.] Coleridge.