adamant

Definitions

  • Samuel Adams
    Samuel Adams
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj adamant impervious to pleas, persuasion, requests, reason; she would have none of him"- W.Churchill "he is adamant in his refusal to change his mind","Cynthia was inexorable","an intransigent conservative opposed to every liberal tendency"
    • n adamant very hard native crystalline carbon valued as a gem
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Terrestrial Globe of George Adams, 1782 Terrestrial Globe of George Adams, 1782
John Adams John Adams
John Quincy Adams John Quincy Adams
Adam and Eve in Paradise before the Fall Adam and Eve in Paradise before the Fall

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1845, inventor Thomas Adams started the world's first chewing gum factory.
    • Adamant A stone imagined by some to be of impenetrable hardness; a name given to the diamond and other substances of extreme hardness; but in modern mineralogy it has no technical signification. It is now a rhetorical or poetical name for the embodiment of impenetrable hardness. "Opposed the rocky orb
      Of tenfold adamant , his ample shield."
    • Adamant Lodestone; magnet. "A great adamant of acquaintance.""As true to thee as steel to adamant ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first president to have a picture taken was John Quincy Adams
    • n adamant A name applied with more or less indefiniteness to various real or imaginary metals or minerals characterized by extreme hardness: as the diamond
    • n adamant the natural opposite of the diamond
    • n adamant a lodestone or magnet, and
    • n adamant an anti-magnet.
    • n adamant In general, any substance of impenetrable or surpassing hardness; that which is impregnable to any force.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe died on July 4th. Adams and Jefferson died in the same year. Supposedly, Adams last words were "Thomas Jefferson survives."
    • n Adamant ad′a-mant a very hard stone: the diamond
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Quotations

  • Edgar Watson Howe
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    “None of us can boast about the morality of our ancestors. The record does not show that Adam and Eve were ever married.”
  • John Milton
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    “Adam inquires concerning celestial motions, is doubtfully answered, and exhorted to search rather things more worthy of knowledge.”
  • Lady Nancy Astor
    Lady Nancy Astor
    “In passing, also, I would like to say that the first time Adam had a chance he laid the blame on a woman.”
  • Mark Twain
    Mark%20Twain
    “We owe a deep debt of gratitude to Adam, the first great benefactor of the human race: he brought death into the world.”
  • Winston Churchill
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    “They are decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all-powerful to be impotent.”
  • Mark Twain
    Mark%20Twain
    “Adam was the luckiest man; he had no mother-in-law.”

Idioms

Adam's ale - (dated, humorous) water
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Adam's apple - The Adam's apple is a bulge in the throat, mostly seen in men.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. adamaunt, adamant, diamond, magnet, OF. adamant, L. adamas, adamantis, the hardest metal, fr. Gr. 'ada`mas -antos; 'a priv. + dama^,n to tame, subdue. In OE., from confusion with L. adamare, to love, be attached to, the word meant also magnet, as in OF. and LL. See Diamond Tame
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. and Gr. adamas, -antosa, neg., and damaein, to break, to tame. See Tame.

Usage

In literature:

But there was a fellow named Adams who thought he knew better.
"The Radio Boys Trailing a Voice" by Allen Chapman
Mr. Adams had returned home, and the court of St. James had never sent a minister to the United States.
"Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3." by Benson J. Lossing
Henry left Shif'less Sol and approached Adam Colfax, who was sitting alone on the exposed root of a big tree.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
This was Charles Frohman's first meeting with Maude Adams.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
Another of the ancestors of Mr. Adams was John Alden, one of the Pilgrim founders of the Plymouth colony in 1620.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 4 of 8" by Various
But Adams was as firm as adamant and as resolute as a lion.
"The Humbugs of the World" by P. T. Barnum
He rose to greet Thenard, was introduced to Adams, and, drawing an old couch a bit from the wall, he bade his guests be seated.
"The Pools of Silence" by H. de Vere Stacpoole
James Monroe and John Quincy Adams were the opposing candidates for the Presidency.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Adam of Bery, maior, Simon Mordon.
"A Chronicle of London from 1089 to 1483" by Anonymous
On the 26th of October, Mr Adams arrived here, and in him I have found a very able and agreeable coadjutor.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. VIII" by Various
Adams had a holy horror of Frenchmen in general, and of Count Vergennes in particular.
"The Critical Period of American History" by John Fiske
Ask for Cap'n Hyrum Adams' train.
"Desert Dust" by Edwin L. Sabin
He was an easy-going chap, this Jim Adams, too easy-going.
"The Girls of St. Olave's" by Mabel Mackintosh
Adam turned quickly round, but nothing was to be discovered.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 26, July 1880." by Various
Mrs. Full did not hear what Adam said.
"The Enormous Room" by Horace Leonard Gold
He pushed the door open and tapped Puffy Adams lightly on the shoulder.
"Queen of the Flaming Diamond" by Leroy Yerxa
ADAMS, John Quincy, sixth president of the United States, son of John Adams, second president, was born 11th July, 1767.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 1" by Various
Perhaps the preceding detail belongs more properly to a memoir of Mr. Adams than that of his wife.
"Familiar Letters of John Adams and His Wife Abigail Adams During the Revolution" by John Adams
Adam Brown was the eldest son of a poor widow, who kept a small shop in a village near the banks of the Teviot.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland" by Various
But in Massachusetts Samuel Adams was laboring night and day to force a breach.
"The True Benjamin Franklin" by Sydney George Fisher
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In poetry:

Thus he supports his cruel throne
By mischief and deceit,
And drags the sons of Adam down
To darkness and the pit.
"Hymn 156" by Isaac Watts
If Adam lost his happiness,
Bewailed with ceaseless sighs,
With thee, my Eve, I scarce could wish
Another Paradise.
"To Mary" by James Avis Bartley
One morning of the first sad Fall,
Poor Adam and his bride
Sat in the shade of Eden's wall--
But on the outer side.
"A Lay Of Old Time" by John Greenleaf Whittier
In vain had Adam sought
And searched his garden round;
For there was no such blessed fruit
In all that happy ground.
"Hymn 17" by Isaac Watts
But had he drew, as Milton wrote,
How wretched were our Fate!
Not Adam's Case were half so bad,
As our unhappy State;
"On the Adam and Eve, Badly Painted in the Headway of the Invincible" by Cornelius Arnold
How should the sons of Adam's race
Be pure before their God?
If he contend in righteousness,
We fall beneath his rod.
"Hymn 86" by Isaac Watts

In news:

For Harley-Davidson, Michael Adams is a godsend.
Adam Werbach is the author of Strategy for Sustainability: A Business Manifesto and the Chief Sustainability Officer for global agency Saatchi & Saatchi.
Orpheum Theatre, 203 W Adams St, Phoenix.
Peter Adams of Baroness finds the time to wet a line whenever he can.
Peter Adams performing with his band Baroness .
0 Pete Adams, left, and Baroness bandmates.
Adam Gasson/Prog Magazine via Getty Images.
Three Members of Baroness Remain Hospitalized in U.K. Peter Adams of Baroness .
Barsan/ Barth Adam Barth of Elk River and Sofya Barsan of Yokneam, Israel announce their marriage Saturday, Sept 8.
Adam Greenberg gets 2013 Topps baseball card (PHOTO).
In our interviews with Idina Menzel (read story here) and Adam Duritz (here),as usual we got around to more than what we had space to share with you in one feature story.
Adam Bashaw , APR+M, is the deputy assistant chief of staff for public affairs for US Marine Corps Forces Reserve in New Orleans, and a Navy Reserve officer for 7th Fleet Public Affairs in Yokosuka, Japan.
The Jeremy duQuesnay Adams Centennial Professorship in Western European Medieval History honors the impact Adams made on their lives.
Kendall Adams, 3, left, and his big sister Kelsey Adams, 4.
Marion Local's Adam Bertke and Minster quarterback Adam Niemeyer lead their teams into Friday's playoff game at Piqua.
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In science:

Adams J. F., Lectures on exceptional Lie groups.
Structures of G(2) type and nonintegrable distributions in characteristic p
Pre-stellar cores are the dominant star-forming sites in nearby molecular clouds like Taurus-Auriga, where stars like our Sun are currently forming in the so-called “isolated mode” (e.g., Shu, Adams, & Lizano 1987).
Observations of pre-stellar cores
They are not, however, the dominant starforming regions of our galaxy, as most stars in the Milky Way have formed in groups (e.g., Adams & Myers 2001), and therefore must result from the collapse of more complex gas structures.
Observations of pre-stellar cores
Adams, Lectures on exceptional Lie groups, Chicago Lectures in Mathematics, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL, 1996.
Some new simple modular Lie superalgebras
We also thank Oded Schramm and ´Ad´am Tim´ar for various suggestions.
Processes on Unimodular Random Networks
Furthermore, we note that the most detailed study to date of the spatial distribution and dynamics of the cluster (Adams et al. 2002) finds no evidence for the existence of a sub cluster as suggested by Holland et al. (2001).
New Praesepe white dwarfs and the initial mass-final mass relation
Bambleweeny 57 Sub-meson Brain coupled to an atomic vector plotter suspended in a strong Brownian Motion producer (say a nice hot cup of tea) (Adams, 1979, Chapt. 10).
The influence of parsimony and randomness on complexity growth in Tierra
Only the normal fluid is Ekman pumped directly; the superfluid is spun up by the normal fluid through the mutual friction force (Adams et al. 1985; Reisenegger 1993).
Transitions between turbulent and laminar superfluid vorticity states in the outer core of a neutron star
Adams, Large deviations for integer partitions and cycle structures, in preparation (2006). [ABK06a] S.
Asymptotic Feynman-Kac formulae for large symmetrised systems of random walks
Adams and W. K¨onig, Large deviations for many Brownian bridges with symmetrised initial-terminal condition, preprint (2006).
Asymptotic Feynman-Kac formulae for large symmetrised systems of random walks
Adam-Christiaan van Roosmalen for their helpful comments.
Generalized Serre duality
Recently Adams, Mahdian, and Mahmoodian studied Q2 when F (G) is the set of perfect matchings of a graph G, and proved that the question is NP-complete.
On the Computational Complexity of Defining Sets
Adams, Sobolev spaces, Academic Press, New York-London, 1975.
The wave equation on static singular space-times
This research has benefited from the M, L, and T dwarf compendium housed at DwarfArchives.org and maintained by Chris Gelino, Davy Kirkpatrick, and Adam Burgasser.
Fifteen new T dwarfs discovered in the UKIDSS Large Area Survey
The first observation of the gravitational redshift was the measurement of the shift in the spectral lines from the white dwarf star Sirius B by Adams in 1925.
Experimental Tests of General Relativity
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