Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Dictionary: A-DOWN' – A-DUL'TER-ATE
Down; on the ground; at the bottom.
A-DOWN', prep. [a and down.]
From a higher to a lower situation; downward; implying descent.
A-DREAD, a. [adred'; See Dread.]
Affected by dread. [Obs.]
AD-REFERENDUM, adv. [Ad referendum. L.]
For further consideration.
A-DRI-AT'IC, a. [L. Adria or Hadria, the Gulf of Venice.]
Pertaining to the gulf called, from Venice, the Venetian Gulf.
The Venetian Gulf; a gulf that washes the eastern side of Italy.
A-DRIFT', a. [or adv. Sax. adrifan, gedrifan, and drifan, to drive. See Drive. Adrift is the participle of the verb.]
Literally, driven; floating; floating at random; impelled or moving without direction. As an adjective, it always follows its noun; as, the boat was adrift.
AD-RO-GA'TION, n. [L. ad and rogo, to ask. See Interrogate and Rogation.]
A species of adoption in ancient Rome, by which a person, capable of choosing for himself, was admitted into the relation of a son. So called from the questions put to the parties. – Encyc.
A-DROIT', a. [Fr. from droit, right, straight, direct; whence droite, the right hand; It. diritto, right, straight, contracted from the L. directus, dirigo; Arm. dret. See Right.]
Dextrous; skillful; active in the use of the hand, and figuratively, in the exercise of the mental faculties; ingenious; ready in invention or execution.
With dexterity; in a ready, skillful manner. – Chesterfield.
Dexterity; readiness in the use of the limbs, or of the mental faculties. Horne.
A-DRY', a. [Sax. adrigan, to dry.]
Thirsty, in want of drink. [This adjective always follows the noun.] – Spectator.
AD-SCI-TI'TIOUS, a. [L. ascititius, adscisco, ascisco, to add or join.]
Added; taken as supplemental; additional; not requisite. – Warton.
AD-STRIC'TION, n. [L. adstrictio, astrictio, of ad and stringo, to strain or bind fast. See Strict.]
A binding fast. Among physicians, the rigidity of a part of the body, occasioning a retention of usual evacuations; costiveness; a closeness of the emunctories; also the styptic effects of medicines. – Encyc. Quincy.
AD-STRIC'TO-RY, or AD-STRING'ENT, a. [See ASTRINGENT.]
AD-U-LA'RI-A, n. [From Adula, the summit of a Swiss mountain.]
A mineral deemed the most perfect variety of albite and felspar; its color white, or with a tinge of green, yellow, or red. Cleaveland.
AD-U-LA'TION, n. [L. adulatio.]
Servile flattery; praise in excess, or beyond what is merited; high compliment. – Shak.
A flatterer; one who offers praise servilely.
Flattering; containing excessive praise or compliments; servilely praising; as, an adulatory address.
A female that flatters with servility.
A-DULT', a. [L. adultus, grown to maturity, from oleo, to grow; Heb. עלה, to ascend.]
Having arrived at mature years, or to full size and strength; as, an adult person or plant.
A person grown to full size and strength, or to the years of manhood. It is also applied to full-grown plants. Among civilians, a person between fourteen and twenty-five years of age. – Encyc.
The person or thing that adulterates.
Tainted with adultery; debased by foreign mixture.
To commit adultery. [Obs.]