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[ad-it] /ˈæd ɪt/
an entrance or a passage.
Also called entry. Mining. a nearly horizontal passage leading into a mine.
an approach or access.
Origin of adit
1595-1605; < Latin aditus an approach, equivalent to ad- ad- + -i- (stem of īre to go) + -tus suffix of v. action Unabridged
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  • Clear away obstacles and open the adit to profitable working?

    The Great Miss Driver Anthony Hope
  • Not likely; but we can get down to the water and go along the adit.

    Menhardoc George Manville Fenn
  • He knew a little about mining, since he had on one or two occasions earned a few dollars assisting in the driving of an adit.

    A Damaged Reputation Harold Bindloss
  • A few minutes sufficed to bring them to the beach at the mouth of the adit.

  • It is a well-established fact that it is much cheaper to drive an adit than to sink a shaft of equal transporting capacity.

    The Business of Mining Arthur J. Hoskin
  • Note; an adit is a horizontal shaft driven in from the cliff.

    Sappers and Miners George Manville Fenn
  • “Why there must be an adit,” cried Hardock, in a tone full of wonder.

    Sappers and Miners George Manville Fenn
  • He doesn't know the difference between an adit and an air-drill.

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
  • But since we are here, with half-an-hour to spare before sunset, what do you say to showing me the adit?

    Major Vigoureux A. T. Quiller-Couch
  • The adit of the mine was at the apex of the hill, which drooped off to the north.

British Dictionary definitions for adit


an almost horizontal shaft into a mine, for access or drainage
Word Origin
C17: from Latin aditus an approach, from adīre, from ad- towards + īre to go
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Word Origin and History for adit

"entrance," c.1600, from Latin aditus "approach, entrance, a going to or drawing near," from past participle stem of adire "to approach," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + ire "to go," from PIE root *ei- "to go" (see ion).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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