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  1. Abigail (Smith),1744–1818, U.S. social and political figure (wife of John Adams).
  2. Alice,1926–1999, U.S. writer.
  3. Ansel,1902–84, U.S. photographer.
  4. Brooks,1848–1927, U.S. historian and political scientist (son of Charles Francis Adams and brother of Henry Brooks Adams).
  5. Charles Francis,1807–86, U.S. statesman: minister to Great Britain 1861–68 (son of John Quincy Adams).
  6. Franklin P(ierce)F.P.A., 1881–1960, U.S. author and columnist.
  7. Henry (Brooks),1838–1918, U.S. historian, writer, and teacher (son of Charles Francis Adams).
  8. James Trus·low [truhs-loh] /ˈtrʌs loʊ/, 1878–1949, U.S. historian.
  9. John,1735–1826, 2nd president of the U.S. 1797–1801: a leader in the American Revolution.
  10. John Michael Geoffrey Man·ning·ham [man-ing-uh m] /ˈmæn ɪŋ əm/, Tom, 1931–85, Barbadian political leader: prime minister 1976–85.
  11. John Quin·cy [kwin-zee, -see] /ˈkwɪn zi, -si/, 1767–1848, 6th president of the U.S. 1825–29; secretary of state 1817–25 (son of John Adams).
  12. Lé·o·nie Fuller [ley-oh-nee] /leɪˈoʊ ni/, 1899–1988, U.S. poet.
  13. MaudeMaude Kiskadden, 1872–1953, U.S. actress.
  14. Roger,1889–1971, U.S. chemist.
  15. Samuel,1722–1803, American statesman: a leader in the American Revolution.
  16. Samuel Hopkins,1874–1958, U.S. journalist and novelist.
  17. Walter Sydney,1876–1956, U.S. astronomer.
  18. Mount. a mountain in SW Washington, in the Cascade Range. 12,307 feet (3751 meters).
  19. a mountain in N New Hampshire, in the White Mountains. 5798 feet (1767 meters).
  20. a city in W Massachusetts.
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[ad-uh m for 1, 3, 5–8; a-dahn for 2, 4]
  1. the name of the first man: husband of Eve and progenitor of the human race. Gen. 2:7; 5:1–5.
  2. A·dolphe Charles [a-dawlf sharl] /aˈdɔlf ʃarl/, 1803–56, French composer of comic opera and ballet music.
  3. James,1730–94, and his brother Robert, 1728–92, English architects and furniture designers.
  4. 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.
  5. a male given name.
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  1. 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.
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  1. not know from Adam, to be unacquainted with: He says hello to us every morning, but we don't know him from Adam.
  2. the old Adam, the natural tendency toward sin: He attributed his wild outburst to the old Adam in him.
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Origin of Adam

From the Hebrew word ādhām literally, man
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  • It was a wonderful night, and Adams was a village in which to see a wonderful night.

  • Nobody in Adams knew just how or where he had spent his life.

  • It seemed to her that no girl, certainly no girl in Adams, had ever done such a thing.

  • He was never seen by Adams people except when he made his marketing expeditions.

  • He then invited Mr Adams to dinner, and desired the young woman might come with him.

British Dictionary definitions for adams


  1. a mountain in SW Washington, in the Cascade Range. Height: 3751 m (12 307 ft)
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  1. Gerry, full name Gerrard Adams . born 1948, Northern Ireland politician; president of Sinn Féin from 1983: negotiated the Irish Republican Army ceasefires in 1994–96 and 1997; member of the parliament of the Irish Republic from 2011
  2. Henry (Brooks). 1838–1918, US historian and writer. His works include Mont Saint Michel et Chartres (1913) and his autobiography The Education of Henry Adams (1918)
  3. John. 1735–1826, second president of the US (1797–1801); US ambassador to Great Britain (1785–88); helped draft the Declaration of Independence (1776)
  4. John Coolidge. born 1947, US composer; works include the operas Nixon in China (1987) and The Death of Klinghoffer (1991)
  5. John Couch. 1819–92, British astronomer who deduced the existence and position of the planet Neptune
  6. John Quincey. son of John Adams. 1767–1848, sixth president of the US (1825–29); secretary of state (1817–25)
  7. Richard. born 1920, British author; his novels include Watership Down (1972), The Plague Dogs (1977), and Traveller (1988)
  8. Samuel. 1722–1803, US revolutionary leader; one of the organizers of the Boston Tea Party; a signatory of the Declaration of Independence
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  1. Old Testament the first man, created by God: the progenitor of the human race (Genesis 2–3)
  2. not know someone from Adam to have no knowledge of or acquaintance with someone
  3. the old Adam the evil supposedly inherent in human nature
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  1. (French adɑ̃) Adolphe. 1803–56, French composer, best known for his romantic ballet Giselle (1841)
  2. (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
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  1. in the neoclassical style made popular by Robert Adam
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Word Origin and History for adams


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.

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adams in Science


  1. 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


see not know from Adam.

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