Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Adrian adjective [ Latin Hadrianus .] Pertaining to the Adriatic Sea; as, Adrian billows.

Adriatic adjective [ Latin Adriaticus , Hadriaticus , from Adria or Hadria , a town of the Veneti.] Of or pertaining to a sea so named, the northwestern part of which is known as the Gulf of Venice.

Adrift adverb & adjective [ Prefix a- (for on ) + drift .] Floating at random; in a drifting condition; at the mercy of wind and waves. Also fig.

So on the sea shall be set adrift .
Dryden.

Were from their daily labor turned adrift .
Wordsworth.

Adrip adverb & adjective [ Prefix a- in + drip .] In a dripping state; as, leaves all adrip . D. G. Mitchell.

Adrogate transitive verb [ See Arrogate .] (Rom. Law) To adopt (a person who is his own master).

Adrogation noun [ Latin adrogatio , arrogatio , from adrogare . See Arrogate .] (Rom. Law) A kind of adoption in ancient Rome. See Arrogation .

Adroit adjective [ French adroit ; à (L. ad ) = droit straight, right, from Latin directus , past participle of dirigere . See Direct .] Dexterous in the use of the hands or in the exercise of the mental faculties; exhibiting skill and readiness in avoiding danger or escaping difficulty; ready in invention or execution; -- applied to persons and to acts; as, an adroit mechanic, an adroit reply. " Adroit in the application of the telescope and quadrant." Horsley. "He was adroit in intrigue." Macaulay.

Syn. -- Dexterous; skillful; expert; ready; clever; deft; ingenious; cunning; ready-witted.

Adroitly adverb In an adroit manner.

Adroitness noun The quality of being adroit; skill and readiness; dexterity.

Adroitness was as requisite as courage.
Motley.

Syn. -- See Skill .

Adry adjective [ Prefix a- (for on ) + dry .] In a dry or thirsty condition. "A man that is adry ." Burton.

Adscititious adjective [ Latin adscitus , past participle of adsciscere , asciscere , to take knowingly; ad + sciscere to seek to know, approve, scire to know.] Supplemental; additional; adventitious; ascititious. " Adscititious evidence." Bowring. -- Ad`sci*ti"tious*ly , adverb

Adscript adjective [ Latin adscriptus , past participle of adscribere to enroll. See Ascribe .] Held to service as attached to the soil; -- said of feudal serfs.

Adscript noun One held to service as attached to the glebe or estate; a feudal serf. Bancroft.

Adscriptive adjective [ Latin adscriptivus . See Adscript .] Attached or annexed to the glebe or estate and transferable with it. Brougham.

Adsignification noun Additional signification. [ R.] Tooke.

Adsignify transitive verb [ Latin adsignificare to show.] To denote additionally. [ R.] Tooke.

Adstrict transitive verb -- Ad*stric"tion , noun See Astrict , and Astriction .

Adstrictory adjective See Astrictory .

Adstringent adjective See Astringent .

Adsuki bean [ Jap. adzuki .] A cultivated variety of the Asiatic gram, now introduced into the United States.

Adularia noun [ From Adula , a mountain peak in Switzerland, where fine specimens are found.] (Min.) A transparent or translucent variety of common feldspar, or orthoclase, which often shows pearly opalescent reflections; -- called by lapidaries moonstone .

Adulate transitive verb [ Latin adulatus , past participle of adulari .] To flatter in a servile way. Byron.

Adulation noun [ French adulation , from Latin adulatio , from adulari , adulatum , to flatter.] Servile flattery; praise in excess, or beyond what is merited.

Think'st thou the fiery fever will go out
With titles blown from adulation ?
Shak.

Syn. -- Sycophancy; cringing; fawning; obsequiousness; blandishment. -- Adulation , Flattery , Compliment . Men deal in compliments from a desire to please; they use flattery either from undue admiration, or a wish to gratify vanity; they practice adulation from sordid motives, and with a mingled spirit of falsehood and hypocrisy. Compliment may be a sincere expression of due respect and esteem, or it may be unmeaning; flattery is apt to become gross; adulation is always servile, and usually fulsome.

Adulator noun [ Latin , from adulari : confer French adulateur .] A servile or hypocritical flatterer. Carlyle.

Adulatory adjective [ Latin adulatorius , from adulari : confer Old French adulatoire .] Containing excessive praise or compliment; servilely praising; flattering; as, an adulatory address.

A mere rant of adulatory freedom.
Burke.

Adulatress noun A woman who flatters with servility.

Adult adjective [ Latin adultus , past participle of adolescere , akin to alere to nourish: confer French adulte . See Adolescent , Old .] Having arrived at maturity, or to full size and strength; matured; as, an adult person or plant; an adult ape; an adult age.

Adult noun A person, animal, or plant grown to full size and strength; one who has reached maturity.

» In the common law , the term is applied to a person who has attained full age or legal majority; in the civil law , to males after the age of fourteen, and to females after twelve.

Adulter intransitive verb [ Latin adulterare .] To commit adultery; to pollute. [ Obsolete] B. Jonson.

Adulterant noun [ Latin adulterans , present participle of adulterare .] That which is used to adulterate anything. -- adjective Adulterating; as, adulterant agents and processes.

Adulterate transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Adulterated ; present participle & verbal noun Adulterating ] [ Latin adulteratus , past participle of adulterare , from adulter adulterer, probably from ad + alter other, properly one who approaches another on account of unlawful love. Confer Advoutry .]


1. To defile by adultery. [ Obsolete] Milton.

2. To corrupt, debase, or make impure by an admixture of a foreign or a baser substance; as, to adulterate food, drink, drugs, coin, etc.

The present war has . . . adulterated our tongue with strange words.
Spectator.

Syn. -- To corrupt; defile; debase; contaminate; vitiate; sophisticate.

Adulterate intransitive verb To commit adultery. [ Obsolete]

Adulterate adjective
1. Tainted with adultery.

2. Debased by the admixture of a foreign substance; adulterated; spurious.

-- A*dul"ter*ate*ly , adverb -- A*dul"ter*ate*ness , noun

Adulteration noun [ Latin adulteratio .]
1. The act of adulterating; corruption, or debasement (esp. of food or drink) by foreign mixture.

The shameless adulteration of the coin.
Prescott.

2. An adulterated state or product.

Adulterator noun [ Latin ] One who adulterates or corrupts. [ R.] Cudworth.

Adulterer noun [ Formed from the verb adulter , with the E. ending -er . See Advoutrer .]
1. A man who commits adultery; a married man who has sexual intercourse with a woman not his wife.

2. (Script.) A man who violates his religious covenant. Jer. ix. 2.

Adulteress noun [ Fem. from Latin adulter . Confer Advoutress .]
1. A woman who commits adultery.

2. (Script.) A woman who violates her religious engagements. James iv. 4.

Adulterine adjective [ Latin adulterinus , from adulter .] Proceeding from adulterous intercourse. Hence: Spurious; without the support of law; illegal.

When any particular class of artificers or traders thought proper to act as a corporation without a charter, such were called adulterine guilds.
Adam Smith.

Adulterine noun An illegitimate child. [ R.]

Adulterize intransitive verb To commit adultery. Milton.

Adulterous adjective
1. Guilty of, or given to, adultery; pertaining to adultery; illicit. Dryden.

2. Characterized by adulteration; spurious. "An adulterous mixture." [ Obsolete] Smollett.

Adulterously adverb In an adulterous manner.

Adultery noun ; plural Adulteries [ Latin adulterium . See Advoutry .]
1. The unfaithfulness of a married person to the marriage bed; sexual intercourse by a married man with another than his wife, or voluntary sexual intercourse by a married woman with another than her husband.

» It is adultery on the part of the married wrongdoer.

The word has also been used to characterize the act of an unmarried participator, the other being married. In the United States the definition varies with the local statutes. Unlawful intercourse between two married persons is sometimes called double adultery ; between a married and an unmarried person, single adultery .

2. Adulteration; corruption. [ Obsolete] B. Jonson.

3. (Script.) (a) Lewdness or unchastity of thought as well as act, as forbidden by the seventh commandment. (b) Faithlessness in religion. Jer. iii. 9.

4. (Old Law) The fine and penalty imposed for the offense of adultery.

5. (Eccl.) The intrusion of a person into a bishopric during the life of the bishop.

6. Injury; degradation; ruin. [ Obsolete]

You might wrest the caduceus out of my hand to the adultery and spoil of nature.
B. Jonson.

Adultness noun The state of being adult.

Adumbrant adjective [ Latin adumbrans , present participle of adumbrare .] Giving a faint shadow, or slight resemblance; shadowing forth.

Adumbrate transitive verb [ Latin adumbratus , past participle of adumbrare ; ad + umbrare to shade; umbra shadow.]


1. To give a faint shadow or slight representation of; to outline; to shadow forth.

Both in the vastness and the richness of the visible universe the invisible God is adumbrated .
Latin Taylor.

2. To overshadow; to shade.

Adumbration noun [ Latin adumbratio .]
1. The act of adumbrating, or shadowing forth.

2. A faint sketch; an outline; an imperfect portrayal or representation of a thing.

Elegant adumbrations of sacred truth.
Bp. Horsley.

3. (Her.) The shadow or outlines of a figure.

Adumbrative adjective Faintly representing; typical. Carlyle.

Adunation noun [ Latin adunatio ; ad + unus one.] A uniting; union. Jer. Taylor.

Adunc, Adunque adjective (Zoology) Hooked; as, a parrot has an adunc bill.