(Add"er) n. [See Add.] One who, or that which, adds; esp., a machine for adding numbers.
(Ad"der), n. [OE. addere, naddere, eddre, AS. nædre, adder, snake; akin to OS. nadra, OHG.
natra, natara, Ger. natter, Goth. nadrs, Icel. naðr, masc., naðra, fem.: cf. W. neidr, Gorn. naddyr, Ir.
nathair, L. natrix, water snake. An adder is for a nadder.]
1. A serpent. [Obs.] "The eddre seide to the woman." Wyclif. Gen. iii. 4.)
2. (Zoöl.) (a) A small venomous serpent of the genus Vipera. The common European adder is the
Vipera (or Pelias) berus. The puff adders of Africa are species of Clotho. (b) In America, the term is
commonly applied to several harmless snakes, as the milk adder, puffing adder, etc. (c) Same as
In the sculptures the appellation is given to several venomous serpents, sometimes to the horned
(Ad"der fly) A dragon fly.
(Ad"der's-tongue`) n. (Bot.) (a) A genus of ferns whose seeds are produced on a
spike resembling a serpent's tongue. (b) The yellow dogtooth violet. Gray.
(Ad"der*wort`) n. (Bot.) The common bistort or snakeweed
(Add`i*bil"i*ty) n. The quantity of being addible; capability of addition. Locke.
(Add"i*ble) a. Capable of being added. "Addible numbers." Locke.
(Ad"dice) n. See Adze. [Obs.] Moxon.
(Ad*dict") p. p. Addicted; devoted. [Obs.]
(Ad*dict"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Addicted; p. pr. & vb. n. Addicting.] [L. addictus, p. p. of addicere
to adjudge, devote; ad + dicere to say. See Diction.]
1. To apply habitually; to devote; to habituate; with to. "They addict themselves to the civil law." Evelyn.
He is addicted to his study.
Beau. & Fl.
That part of mankind that addict their minds to speculations.
His genius addicted him to the study of antiquity.
A man gross . . . and addicted to low company.
2. To adapt; to make suitable; to fit. [Obs.]
The land about is exceedingly addicted to wood, but the coldness of the place hinders the growth.
Syn. Addict, Devote, Consecrate, Dedicate. Addict was formerly used in a good sense; as, addicted
to letters; but is now mostly employed in a bad sense or an indifferent one; as, addicted to vice; addicted
to sensual indulgence. "Addicted to staying at home." J. S. Mill. Devote is always taken in a good sense,