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adit

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/ ˈæd ɪt /
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noun

an entrance or a passage.
Also called entry. Mining. a nearly horizontal passage leading into a mine.
an approach or access.

RELATED WORDS

entrance, opening, tunnel, admission, passageway, entry, approach, channel

Nearby words

adiprene, adipsia, adirondack, adirondack chair, adirondack mountains, adit, aditus, aditya, adivasi, adj., adj.a.

Origin of adit

1595–1605; < Latin aditus an approach, equivalent to ad- ad- + -i- (stem of īre to go) + -tus suffix of v. action
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adit

/ (ˈædɪt) /

noun

an almost horizontal shaft into a mine, for access or drainage

Word Origin for adit

C17: from Latin aditus an approach, from adīre, from ad- towards + īre to go
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Word Origin and History for adit

adit


n.

"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).

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