Adams

[ ad-uh mz ]
/ ˈæd əmz /
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noun

Definition for adams (2 of 2)

Adam

[ ad-uh m for 1, 3, 5–8; a-dahn for 2, 4 ]
/ ˈæd əm for 1, 3, 5–8; aˈdɑ̃ for 2, 4 /

noun

the name of the first man: husband of Eve and progenitor of the human race. Gen. 2:7; 5:1–5.
A·dolphe Charles [a-dawlf sharl] /aˈdɔlf ʃarl/, 1803–56, French composer of comic opera and ballet music.
James,1730–94, and his brother Robert, 1728–92, English architects and furniture designers.
Lam·bert Si·gis·bert [lahn-ber see-zheez-ber] /lɑ̃ˈbɛr si ʒizˈbɛr/, 1700–59, and his brother Ni·cho·las Sé·bas·tien [nee-kaw-lah sey-bahs-tyan] /ni kɔˈlɑ seɪ bɑsˈtyɛ̃/, 1705–78, French sculptors.
a male given name.

adjective

of or relating to the style of architecture, decoration, or furnishings associated with Robert and James Adam, characterized by free adaptation of ancient Roman forms and interiors treated with delicate ornament generally painted in light, vivid colors.

Origin of Adam

From the Hebrew word ādhām literally, man
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British Dictionary definitions for adams (1 of 4)

Adams

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/ (ˈædəmz) /

noun

a mountain in SW Washington, in the Cascade Range. Height: 3751 m (12 307 ft)

British Dictionary definitions for adams (2 of 4)

Adams

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/ (ˈædəmz) /

noun

British Dictionary definitions for adams (3 of 4)

Adam

1
/ (ˈædəm) /

noun

Old Testament the first man, created by God: the progenitor of the human race (Genesis 2–3)
not know someone from Adam to have no knowledge of or acquaintance with someone
the old Adam the evil supposedly inherent in human nature

British Dictionary definitions for adams (4 of 4)

Adam

2

noun

(French adɑ̃) Adolphe. 1803–56, French composer, best known for his romantic ballet Giselle (1841)
(ˈædəm) Robert. 1728–92, Scottish architect and furniture designer. Assisted by his brother, James, 1730–94, he emulated the harmony of classical and Italian Renaissance architecture

adjective

in the neoclassical style made popular by Robert Adam
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Word Origin and History for adams

Adam


masc. proper name, Biblical name of the first man, from Hebrew adam "man," literally "(the one formed from the) ground" (Hebrew adamah "ground"); cf. Latin homo "man," humanus "human," humus "earth, ground, soil." To not know (someone) from Adam "not know him at all" is first recorded 1784.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for adams

Adams

[ ădəmz ]
Walter Sydney 1876-1956

American astronomer who demonstrated that the essential brightness of a star could be calculated by studying its spectrum and who introduced a method for measuring the distance of stars based on their brightness. In 1915 he discovered Sirius B, the first known white dwarf star, and his measurement of the gravitational red shift in the light leaving its surface was accepted as evidence for Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity.
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Idioms and Phrases with adams

Adam


see not know from Adam.

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