Definition of adit in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈadət/


A horizontal passage leading into a mine for the purposes of access or drainage.
Example sentences
  • The mine's three adits lie in the Shinarump conglomerate member of the Triassic Chinle Formation.
  • The Jomac mine's three adits lie within the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area boundary.
  • The mule train would have entered the mine through an adit.


Early 17th century: from Latin aditus 'approach, entrance', from adit- 'approached', from the verb adire, from ad- 'toward' + ire 'go'.

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Syllabification: ad·it

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