Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Adnubilated adjective [ Latin adnubilatus , past participle of adnubilare .] Clouded; obscured. [ R.]
(ȧ*dō"), (1) v. inf.
, (2) noun
[ Middle English at do
, northern form for to do
. Confer Affair
.] 1. To do; in doing; as, there is nothing ado .
"What is here ado
?" J. Newton. 2. Doing; trouble; difficulty; troublesome business; fuss; bustle; as, to make a great ado about trifles.
With much ado , he partly kept awake.
Let's follow to see the end of this ado .
Adobe (ȧ*dō"ba) noun [ Spanish ] An unburnt brick dried in the sun; also used as an adjective, as, an adobe house, in Texas or New Mexico.
1. Earth from which unburnt bricks are made. [ Western U. S.] 2. (Geol.) Alluvial and playa clays of desert and arid regions, differing from ordinary clays of humid regions in containing carbonates and other soluble minerals.
Adolescence noun [ Fr., from Latin adolescentia .] The state of growing up from childhood to manhood or womanhood; youth, or the period of life between puberty and maturity, generally considered to be, in the male sex, from fourteen to twenty-one. Sometimes used with reference to the lower animals.
Adolescency noun The quality of being adolescent; youthfulness.
[ Latin adolescens
, present participle of adolescere
to grow up to; ad
+ the inchoative olescere
to grow: confer French adolescent
. See Adult
.] Growing; advancing from childhood to maturity.
Schools, unless discipline were doubly strong,
Detain their adolescent charge too long.
Adolescent noun A youth.
[ Hebrew adōnāi
, lit., my lord.] A Hebrew name for God, usually translated in the Old Testament by the word "Lord".
» The later Jews used its vowel points to fill out the tetragrammaton Yhvh
, or Ihvh
, "the incommunicable name," and in reading substituted "Adonai".
Adonean (-nē" a n) adjective [ Latin Adonēus .] Pertaining to Adonis; Adonic. "Fair Adonean Venus." Faber.
Adonic adjective [ French adonique : confer Latin Adonius .] Relating to Adonis, famed for his beauty. - - noun An Adonic verse. Adonic verse , a verse consisting of a dactyl and spondee (-- ⌣ ⌣
Adonis (ȧ*dō"nĭs) noun [ Latin , gr. Greek 'A`dwnis .]
1. (Gr. Myth.) A youth beloved by Venus for his beauty. He was killed in the chase by a wild boar. 2. A preëminently beautiful young man; a dandy. 3. (Botany) A genus of plants of the family Ranunculaceæ , containing the pheasant's eye ( Adonis autumnalis ); -- named from Adonis, whose blood was fabled to have stained the flower.
[ Hebrew ădōnāi
my Lords.] One who maintains that points of the Hebrew word translated "Jehovah" are really the vowel points of the word "Adonai." See Jehovist .
(ăd"o*nīz) transitive verb
[ Confer French adoniser
, from Adonis
.] To beautify; to dandify.
I employed three good hours at least in adjusting and adonozing myself.
Adoor, Adoors At the door; of the door; as, out adoors . Shak.
I took him in adoors .
Vicar's Virgil (1630).
Adopt transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Adopted
; present participle & verbal noun Adopting
.] [ Latin adoptare
to choose, desire: confer French adopter
. See Option
.] 1. To take by choice into relationship, as, child, heir, friend, citizen, etc.; esp. to take voluntarily (a child of other parents) to be in the place of, or as, one's own child. 2. To take or receive as one's own what is not so naturally; to select and take or approve; as, to adopt the view or policy of another; these resolutions were adopted .
Adoptable adjective Capable of being adopted.
Adopted adjective Taken by adoption; taken up as one's own; as, an adopted son, citizen, country, word. -- A*dopt"ed*ly , adverb
1. One who adopts. 2. (Chemistry) A receiver, with two necks, opposite to each other, one of which admits the neck of a retort, and the other is joined to another receiver. It is used in distillations, to give more space to elastic vapors, to increase the length of the neck of a retort, or to unite two vessels whose openings have different diameters. [ Written also adapter .]
Adoption noun [ Latin adoptio , allied to adoptare to adopt: confer French adoption .]
1. The act of adopting, or state of being adopted; voluntary acceptance of a child of other parents to be the same as one's own child. 2. Admission to a more intimate relation; reception; as, the adoption of persons into hospitals or monasteries, or of one society into another. 3. The choosing and making that to be one's own which originally was not so; acceptance; as, the adoption of opinions. Jer. Taylor.
Adoptionist noun (Eccl. Hist.) One of a sect which maintained that Christ was the Son of God not by nature but by adoption.
Adoptious adjective Adopted. [ Obsolete]
Adoptive adjective [ Latin adoptivus : confer French adoptif .] Pertaining to adoption; made or acquired by adoption; fitted to adopt; as, an adoptive father, an child; an adoptive language. -- A*dopt"ive*ly , adverb
Adorability noun Adorableness.
[ Latin adorabilis
, from adorare
: confer French adorable
.] 1. Deserving to be adored; worthy of divine honors.
The adorable Author of Christianity. 2. Worthy of the utmost love or respect.
Adorableness noun The quality of being adorable, or worthy of adoration. Johnson.
Adorably adverb In an adorable manner.
[ Latin adoratio
, from adorare
: confer French adoration
.] 1. The act of playing honor to a divine being; the worship paid to God; the act of addressing as a god.
The more immediate objects of popular adoration amongst the heathens were deified human beings. 2. Homage paid to one in high esteem; profound veneration; intense regard and love; fervent devotion. 3. A method of electing a pope by the expression of homage from two thirds of the conclave.
[ Pole] might have been chosen on the spot by adoration .
Adore transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Adored ; present participle & verbal noun Adoring
] [ Middle English aouren
, Old French aorer
, French adorer
, from Latin adorare
to speak, pray, os
, mouth. In Middle English confused with honor
, the French prefix a-
being confused with Middle English a
, on. See Oral
.] 1. To worship with profound reverence; to pay divine honors to; to honor as deity or as divine.
Bishops and priests, . . . bearing the host, which he [ James ....] publicly adored . 2. To love in the highest degree; to regard with the utmost esteem and affection; to idolize.
The great mass of the population abhorred Popery and adored Montouth.
Adore transitive verb To adorn.
Congealed little drops which do the morn adore .
Adorement (-m e nt) noun The act of adoring; adoration. [ Obsolete] Sir T. Browne.
Adorer noun One who adores; a worshiper; one who admires or loves greatly; an ardent admirer.
of truth." Clarendon.
I profess myself her adorer , not her friend.
Adoringly adverb With adoration.
Adorn transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Adorned
; present participle & verbal noun Adorning
.] [ Middle English aournen
, Old French aorner
, from Latin aaornare
to furnish, embellish. See Adore
.] To deck or dress with ornaments; to embellish; to set off to advantage; to render pleasing or attractive.
As a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
Isa. lxi. 10.
At church, with meek and unaffected grace, Syn.
His looks adorned the venerable place.
-- To deck; decorate; embellish; ornament; beautify; grace; dignify; exalt; honor. -- To Adorn
. We decorate
by putting on some adjunct
which is attractive or beautiful, and which serves to heighten the general effect. Thus, a lady's head-dress may be ornament
with flowers or jewelry; a hall may be decorated
with carving or gilding, with wreaths of flowers, or with hangings. Ornament
is used in a wider sense than decorate
. To embellish
is to beautify or ornament richly, not so much by mere additions or details as by modifying the thing itself as a whole. It sometimes means gaudy and artificial decoration. We embellish
a book with rich engravings; a style is embellished
with rich and beautiful imagery; a shopkeeper embellishes
his front window to attract attention. Adorn
is sometimes identical with decorate
, as when we say, a lady was adorned
with jewels. In other cases, it seems to imply something more. Thus, we speak of a gallery of paintings as adorned
with the works of some of the great masters, or adorned
with noble statuary and columns. Here decorated
would hardly be appropriate. There is a value in these works of genius beyond mere show and ornament. Adorn
may be used of what is purely moral; as, a character adorned
with every Christian grace. Here neither decorate
, nor ornament
, nor embellish
Adorn noun Adornment. [ Obsolete] Spenser.
Adorn adjective Adorned; decorated. [ Obsolete] Milton.
Adornation noun Adornment. [ Obsolete]
Adorner noun He who, or that which, adorns; a beautifier.
Adorningly adverb By adorning; decoratively.
[ Confer Old French adornement
. See Adorn
.] An adorning; an ornament; a decoration.
[ Latin adosculari
, to kiss. See Osculate
.] (Biol.) Impregnation by external contact, without intromission.
[ Middle English adun
. Anglo-Saxon of d
off the hill. See Down
.] From a higher to a lower situation; downward; down, to or on the ground.
[ Archaic] "Thrice did she sink adown
Adown preposition Down.
[ Archaic & Poetic]
Her hair adown her shoulders loosely lay displayed.
Adpress transitive verb
[ Latin adpressus
, past participle of adprimere
.] See Appressed .
Adrad p. adjective [ P. p. of adread .] Put in dread; afraid. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Adragant noun [ French, a corruption of tragacanth .] Gum tragacanth. Brande & C.
Adread transitive verb & i.
[ Anglo-Saxon andrædan
; prefix a-
against) + dræden
to dread. See Dread
.] To dread.
[ Obsolete] Sir P. Sidney.
Adreamed past participle Visited by a dream; -- used in the phrase, To be adreamed , to dream. [ Obsolete]
Adrenal adjective [ Prefix ad- + renal .] (Anat.) Suprarenal.
Adrenaline noun Also Ad*re"nal*in (Physiol. Chem.) A crystalline substance, C 9 H 13 O 3 N, obtained from suprarenal extract, of which it is regarded as the active principle. It is used in medicine as a stimulant and hemostatic.