• WordNet 3.6
    • adj adept having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude "adept in handicrafts","an adept juggler","an expert job","a good mechanic","a practiced marksman","a proficient engineer","a lesser-known but no less skillful composer","the effect was achieved by skillful retouching"
    • n adept someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Adept One fully skilled or well versed in anything; a proficient; as, adepts in philosophy.
    • a Adept Well skilled; completely versed; thoroughly proficient. "Beaus adept in everything profound."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • adept Well skilled; completely versed or acquainted.
    • n adept One who has attained proficiency; one fully skilled in anything; a proficient or master; specifically, in former times, a proficient in alchemy or magic; a master of occult science, or one who professed to have discovered “the great secret” (namely, of transmuting base metal into gold).
    • n adept Synonyms Adept, Expert. An adept is one who possesses natural as well as acquired aptitude or skill in anything: as, an adept in the art of governing; an adept in diplomacy, lying, cajolery, whist-playing, etc. An expert, on the other hand, is one whose skill and proficiency are more conspicuously the result of practice or experience, or of an intimate acquaintance with a subject. The term is mostly limited to one possessing special skill or knowledge in some branch, and regarded as an authority on it: as, an expert in alienism, chemistry, penmanship, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Adept ad-ept′ or ad′ept completely skilled (in)
    • n Adept a proficient
    • adj Adept ad-ept′ or ad′ept, completely skilled (in)
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  • George Bernard Shaw
    “In literature the ambition of the novice is to acquire the literary language: the struggle of the adept is to get rid of it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. adeptus, obtained (sc. artem,), he who has obtained an art, p. p. of adipsci, to arrive at, to obtain; ad, + apisci, to pursue. See Apt, and cf. Adapt
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. adeptus (artem), having attained (an art), pa.p. of adipisci, to attain—ad, to, and apisci.


In literature:

Leaders of good judgment, adept in managing men, had to be discovered.
"History of the United States" by Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard
But remember," and her tone was half serious, "none but an adept may look behind the veil and live.
"The False Gods" by George Horace Lorimer
The wolf is an adept at feigning death, playing "'possum" with a skill which would do credit to that veritable animal itself.
"Camp Life in the Woods and the Tricks of Trapping and Trap Making" by William Hamilton Gibson
Cleek was an adept in drawing to scale.
"The Riddle of the Frozen Flame" by Mary E. Hanshew
That too proves him to be a clever contriver of situations, and an ingenious adept with the pen and scissors.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various
He was skilful in out-door railway work, and an adept in managing trains and traffic.
"Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland" by Joseph Tatlow
Whoever was following them was an adept, as secret as a Thuggee.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath
They are adepts in the use of signs.
"Sign Language Among North American Indians Compared With That Among Other Peoples And Deaf-Mutes" by Garrick Mallery
In a few minutes the adept becomes as a god, even as a god that sits upon the lotus leaf.
"Certain Personal Matters" by H. G. Wells
The older ones were adepts.
"Maida's Little Shop" by Inez Haynes Irwin

In poetry:

The Moral: When stamps you're adept on
Of risks you are reckless, and yet
Beware! If your face is once stepped on,
That's the last stamp you're likely to get!
"How The Peaceful Aladdin Gave Way To His Madness" by Guy Wetmore Carryl
Among the fountains and the trees
That fringed his garden's glowing border,
At sunset walked, and, in the breeze
With his disciples, took his ease
An Adept of the Holy Order.
"The Disciples" by Aleister Crowley
So, thus intent
On higher deeds and aims than earth supplies,
An adept in that true philosophy
Learnt only in Christ's school, he calmly went
Unto his Master and the Class above.
"Mr. John Warburton," by Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney
So, Dick, adept, tuck back thy hair,
And I will pour into thy ear
Remarks which none did e'er disclose;
In smooth paced verse, or hobbling prose.
Attend, dear Dick, but don't reply,
And thou mayst prove as well as I.
"Alma; or, The Progress of the Mind. In Three Cantos. - Canto III." by Matthew Prior

In news:

Is there any nation on Earth more adept at lying than Great Britain.
Producers are adept at growing the farm business and making money, but they are far less skilled at growing a diversified portfolio focused on personal wealth, says Mike Boehlje, a Purdue University ag economist.
Through decades of public service he became adept at offering his left hand first when greeting people, a grip that came across as gracious, not awkward.
The roaring popular success of Peter Chan's Wu xia in China-- renamed Dragon for export-- is no mystery: It's an adept genre exercise with rare primal depths.
The Economist 's Intelligence Unit conducted an online survey of 226 global senior executives in April to explore the characteristics of companies that are adept at promoting innovation.
But it's something that boat anglers must become adept at if they hope to become successful kite- fishermen .
In the 50?s Americans were roaring, but it seems as though the Japanese were more adept at "grabbing the bull by the horns".
Stately, plump Ken Monaghan, the 69-year-old nephew of James Joyce, put on a borrowed purplish Edwardian frock coat last Sunday and strolled in an unfashionable corner of Dublin with a small group of Joyce adepts.
For a boxer who is undefeated in 16 pro bouts, San Francisco's own Karim "Hard Hitta" Mayfield has grown remarkably adept at searching out silver linings.
Cockroaches are adept at vanishing under ledges in the blink of an eye.
Chris Cohen is mostly a drummer, but over the years he's proved himself adept at many instruments in numerous contexts.
Adept is showing its Quattro parallel robot specifically designed for high-speed packaging and material handling at Pack Expo Las Vegas.
We're less adept at talking about personalities and neuroses than we were when psychoanalysts held center stage.
Blazers' Lillard: Efficient as a scorer, adept as a playmaker .
Did you know the plumbing service technicians of Sun River Plumbing are adept to perform maintenance and installations on any hot water heater.

In science:

The construction follows the ideas of , but since that paper is short on some details and may be a bit difficult to read for a new adept, we will provide a fairly detailed argument.
Average number of distinct part sizes in a random Carlitz composition
However, modeling the resulting diffraction pattern requires the use of numerical methods such as Fast Fourier Transforms (FFTs) which are not adept at accurately handling simultaneous high resolution in both the imaging and pupil planes(Brigham 2003).
Using Notch-Filter Masks for High Contrast Imaging of Extrasolar Planets
Algorithms such as frequent episode discovery , , in particular, are adept at discovering patterns in neuronal spike train data using multi-electrode arrays (MEAs; shown in Fig. 1).
Accelerator-Oriented Algorithm Transformation for Temporal Data Mining
We do not consider the surveys to be conducted with the South African SKA Precursor Telescope (MeerKAT, Jonas 2009) as the parameter space probed by MeerKAT is towards much deeper and narrower surveys which are more adept to studying galaxy formation and evolution.
Cosmological Measurements with Forthcoming Radio Continuum Surveys
Feynman divined that a quantum simulator — a special-purpose "analog" processor built using quantum particles (qubits) — would be inherently adept at such problems [4, 5].
Engineered 2D Ising interactions on a trapped-ion quantum simulator with hundreds of spins