- 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
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Examples from the Web for adit
“Push the adit right on, if we have to cut every foot of it with the drill,” he said.The Gold Trail
Not likely; but we can get down to the water and go along the adit.Menhardoc
George Manville Fenn
A few minutes sufficed to bring them to the beach at the mouth of the adit.Deep Down, a Tale of the Cornish Mines
“Why there must be an adit,” cried Hardock, in a tone full of wonder.
Note; an adit is a horizontal shaft driven in from the cliff.
- an almost horizontal shaft into a mine, for access or drainage
C17: from Latin aditus an approach, from adīre, from ad- towards + īre to go
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Word Origin and History for adit
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