Adam's ale, water. [Coll.] — Adam's apple.

1. (Bot.) (a) A species of banana It attains a height of twenty feet or more. Paxton. (b) A species of lime 2. The projection formed by the thyroid cartilage in the neck. It is particularly prominent in males, and is so called from a notion that it was caused by the forbidden fruit (an apple) sticking in the

2. The faculty of nice discernment or perception; acumen; keenness; sharpness; sensitiveness; — applied to the senses, or the understanding. By acuteness of feeling, we perceive small objects or slight impressions: by acuteness of intellect, we discern nice distinctions.

Perhaps, also, he felt his professional acuteness interested in bringing it to a successful close.
Sir W. Scott.

3. Shrillness; high pitch; — said of sounds.

4. (Med.) Violence of a disease, which brings it speedily to a crisis.

Syn. — Penetration; sagacity; keenness; ingenuity; shrewdness; subtlety; sharp-wittedness.

(A*cu`ti*fo"li*ate) a. [L. acutus sharp + folium leaf.] (Bot.) Having sharp-pointed leaves.

(A*cu`ti*lo"bate) a. [L. acutus sharp + E. lobe.] (Bot.) Having acute lobes, as some leaves.

(||Ad-) [A Latin preposition, signifying to. See At.] As a prefix ad- assumes the forms ac-, af- , ag-, al-, an-, ap-, ar-, as-, at-, assimilating the d with the first letter of the word to which ad- is prefixed. It remains unchanged before vowels, and before d, h, j, m, v. Examples: adduce, adhere, adjacent, admit, advent, accord, affect, aggregate, allude, annex, appear, etc. It becomes ac- before qu, as in acquiesce.

(Ad*act") v. t. [L. adactus, p. p. of adigere.] To compel; to drive. [Obs.] Fotherby.

(A*dac"tyl A*dac"tyl*ous) a. 'a priv. + finger.]—> (Zoöl.) (a) Without fingers or without toes. (b) Without claws on the feet (of crustaceous animals).

(Ad"age) n. [F. adage, fr. L. adagium; ad + the root of L. aio I say.] An old saying, which has obtained credit by long use; a proverb.

Letting "I dare not" wait upon "I would,"
Like the poor cat i' the adage.

Syn. — Axiom; maxim; aphorism; proverb; saying; saw; apothegm. See Axiom.

(A*da"gi*al) a. Pertaining to an adage; proverbial. "Adagial verse." Barrow.

(||A*da"gio) a. & adv. [It. adagio; ad (L. ad) at + agio convenience, leisure, ease. See Agio.] (Mus.) Slow; slowly, leisurely, and gracefully. When repeated, adagio, adagio, it directs the movement to be very slow.

(||A*da"gio), n. A piece of music in adagio time; a slow movement; as, an adagio of Haydn.

(Ad"am) n.

1. The name given in the Bible to the first man, the progenitor of the human race.

2. (As a symbol) "Original sin;" human frailty.

And whipped the offending Adam out of him.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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