ad·​it ˈa-dət How to pronounce adit (audio)
: a nearly horizontal passage from the surface in a mine

Examples of adit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The second phase will involve closing the mine’s adits and shafts. USA TODAY, 27 June 2019

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Word History


borrowed from Latin aditus "approach, entrance," from adi-, stem of adīre "to go to, approach" (from ad- ad- + īre "to go") + -tus, suffix of action nouns — more at issue entry 1

First Known Use

1602, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of adit was in 1602

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“Adit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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