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An almost horizontal entrance to a mine.

[Latin aditus, access, from past participle of adīre, to approach : ad-, ad- + īre, to go; see ei- in Indo-European roots.]


(Mining & Quarrying) 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]


(ˈæd ɪt)

a nearly horizontal passage leading into a mine.
[1595–1605; < Latin aditus an approach]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.adit - a nearly horizontal passage from the surface into a mineadit - a nearly horizontal passage from the surface into a mine
mine - excavation in the earth from which ores and minerals are extracted
passage - a way through or along which someone or something may pass
References in classic literature ?
What all these passages are, of course I cannot say, but we thought that they must be the ancient workings of a mine, of which the various shafts and adits travelled hither and thither as the ore led them.
The Companys rehabilitation of the underground workings is making good progress at Adit #1.
In our first eight months, we have already negotiated contracts worth pounds 10m ( the best performance among all the regional Adits.
It has been found both in the lower adits and in quartz veins in the upper trenches.
The mineralization observed in the lower Teddy adit is consistent with the company's interpretation that mineralization was emplaced in Prichard strata at the time of deposition in the Precambrian time or shortly thereafter.
While he could understand Mrs Leppington's dismay at discovering the proximity of the adits, the Coal Authority had not revealed their existence earlier "because it believed it posed no physical threat".
Samples from the vicinity of the El Paso adit returned assay values of 2 ppb, 9 ppb and 149 ppb Au.
hand backfilling 2 mine adits using mine waste & other nearby material
Students at three North colleges will soon get access to hi-tech IT learning and resources after the first broadband services contract was awarded by Adit North-East.
From the back of the adit and the top of the stopes to the surface, only 20 to 30 feet of rock existed.
The two adits are connected to provide thorough ventilation.
The locations of the two decline adits have been determined based on the results of 29,115 m of diamond drilling completed between 2003 and October 2005 in 129 holes along 2.