adit

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Borrowing from Latin aditus ("entrance, access"), from ad (to, up to) + itus (going, departure).

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adit (plural adits)

  1. A horizontal or nearly horizontal passage from the surface into a mine as contrasted to a shaft which is a vertical entry passage. An adit may be used for ventilation, haulage, drainage, or other purposes.
    • 2006, Mike Hetman, IronMiners.com [1]:
      The Old Mine is currently entered through an upper adit as the main is no longer accessible.
    • 2008, Iain M. Banks, Matter, page 445:
      The adit sloped downwards into the bowels of some long-fallen building, following a passage that had silted up when the city had first been buried.

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adit

  1. third-person singular present active indicative of adeō