Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Lexicon: adown – advantage
adown, prep. [prothesis of “down”; OE of dūne, off the mount; see down, adv.] (webplay: lower).
Descending; going along; at the bottom of; moving to the end of; [word play on down, n.] softly walking in; wearing fine fur robes in.
a'dreaming, verbal adv. [prothesis; see dream, v.] (webplay: dream away life).
Asleep; in a dream world; in a state of rest; [fig.] dead; in the next life; [prothesis] dreaming.
adrift, verbal adj. [see drift, v.] (webplay: the boat was adrift).
Floating at random; sailing without direction; moving by wind; traveling at the mercy of currents; [prothesis] drifting.
adroit (adroiter), adj. [Fr. adroit, to right, rightly.]
- Cunning; astute; shrewd; [word play] righteous; lawful; just.
- Dexterous; skillful; clever; wise; adept; ingenious; inventive; resourceful.
adroitly, adv. [see adroit, adj.]
Skillfully; cleverly; deftly.
adult, n. [L. adult-us, grow up.] (webplay: grown, maturity).
Mature; grown-up; full grown; come of age; having full size and strength; [fig.] worried; tense; pressured; disillusioned; responsible.
advance, n. [see advance, v.] (webplay: face, proportion, stock, way, years).
- Stride; march; step; forward movement; [fig.] life.
- Profit; rise in value; gain in money.
- Progress; improvement; progression; success; attainment; development; movement to a superior position; [fig.] future; hereafter.
- Phrase. “In advance”: ahead in time; into the future.
advance (-d, -s), v. [OFr avance-r, move forward < L. ab- off, away + ante, before.] (webplay: bar, before, death, further, greater, old, price, the front, true, way).
- Continue; endure; persevere; succeed.
- Proceed; progress in space; move forward in time.
- Come forward; move towards; draw near.
- Approach; [word play] supply funds; furnish on credit; pay for something.
- Phrase. “Advancing on”: approaching; confronting; catching up with.
advancing, verbal adj. [see advance, v.] (webplay: go).
Approaching; coming; drawing nearer; [fig.] crescendo; growing louder; increasing in volume.
advantage, n. [Fr. avantage, forward.] (webplay: away, superior).
Better position; excellent situation; gain; increase.