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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
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Gebir and the Gadites (or the "Adites" or "the people of Ad") are really the descendants of Gad (Ad), who in Landor's account built the city of Cadiz (a near eponym of the Phoenician name, Gades).