• WordNet 3.6
    • n ado a rapid active commotion
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ado Doing; trouble; difficulty; troublesome business; fuss; bustle; as, to make a great ado about trifles. "With much ado , he partly kept awake.""Let's follow to see the end of this ado ."
    • Ado To do; in doing; as, there is nothing ado . "What is here ado ?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ado To do.
    • ado In doing; being done.
    • n ado Doing; action; business; bustle; trouble; labor; difficulty: as, to persuade one with much ado.
    • n ado A suffix of Latin origin, the Spanish masculine form of -ade, -ate, as in renegado, desperado, etc. In some words -ado is an erroneous form of -ada, as in bastinado. See -ada.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ado a-dōō′ a to do: bustle: trouble: difficulty: stir or fuss.
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  • M. Henry
    M. Henry
    “Wise anger is like fire from a flint: there is great ado to get it out; and when it does come, it is out again immediately.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Much Ado About Nothing,”


Much ado about nothing - If there's a lot of fuss about something trivial, there's much ado about nothing.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. at do, northern form for to do,. Cf. Affair
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Contr. of at do = to do, a form of the infin. borrowed from the Scandinavian.


In literature:

They had parted with no more ado than if they had expected to meet the next day again.
"The Soul of a Child" by Edwin Bjorkman
He came to see us in "Much Ado about Nothing" and, next day sent me some little volumes of his work with a lovely inscription on the front page.
"The Story of My Life" by Ellen Terry
He felt a sharp stab of jealousy, and had some ado to keep the pain of it from showing in his face.
"The Penalty" by Gouverneur Morris
We took him to Drury Lane Theatre to see Much Ado About Nothing.
"Yesterdays with Authors" by James T. Fields
So without further ado Crane out with his penknife, amputated his liver, and minced it up for bait.
"Eugene Field, A Study In Heredity And Contradictions" by Slason Thompson
His words would cause much ado And even some speculation.
"A Hero and a Great Man" by Francis Kruckvich
I never could see the sense of making a great ado to keep people alive after they are fifty.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 17, No. 97, January, 1876" by Various
After much ado this was done, and they were brought on board.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. VIII." by Robert Kerr
"Shakespeare: His Life, Art, And Characters, Volume I." by H. N. Hudson
I don't think he will make much ado about consenting to take the child.
"The Lady With The Dog and Other Stories" by Anton Chekhov

In poetry:

Then from that tub and from that room
He gat with vast ado;
At every hop he gave a shake,
And--how the water flew!
"The Ballad Of The Taylor Pup" by Eugene Field
And so I came to Phansies medow strow'd
With many a flower:
Fain would I here have made abode,
But I was quicken'd by my houre.
So to Care's cops I came, and there got through
With much ado.
"The Pilgrimage" by George Herbert
The bees, Sir, wont sting you; then why this ado?
And for honey—they'll never make honey of you—
They're too wise to select such a flavourless fellow;
At least—if intent upon Attica mella.
"Attica Mella" by John Kenyon
Straight by these flattering words beguiled,
The Student, happy as a child
When he is called a little man,
Assumed the double task imposed,
And without more ado unclosed
His smiling lips, and thus began.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 2. Interlude VI. " by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
She laughed. What good to make ado? I held the gate, and she came through,
And took her homeward path anon. From the clear pool her face had fled;
It rested on my heart instead,
Reflected when the maid was gone.
"Reflections" by Jean Ingelow
Then, after all this vast ado,
The archangel shall his trumpet blow.
How very loud, and very clear the blast! —
So very loud, and very clear,
The dead piercing sound shall hear,
That calls them to account for all that's past.
"To The Sons Of Brutus" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Joss Whedon on 'Much Ado About Nothing'.
With no further ado, here is the sexual bucket list for parents.
And without further ado, I give you The Anti- climax .
Colin Kaepernick's tattoos debate is much ado about nothing.
He said the Democrats' complaints were "much ado about nothing.".
Much ado that accomplished nothing.
Yvonne Gale: Much Ado About Reading.
So, without further ado, here's the countdown of the biggest celebrity weddings of 2012.
So without further ado, the 10 (or 15) best movies of the year, kind of.
Alexis Denisof and Amy Acker are Benedick and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing.
Writer-director Whedon's latest project is a black-and-white version of "Much Ado About Nothing".
Joss Whedon's 'Much Ado About Nothing' Sells to Lionsgate, Roadside.
'Avengers' director debuts low-budget adaptation of 'Much Ado About Nothing'.
Joss Whedon on 'Much Ado About Nothing'.
Much Ado About Costly Arts Centers.

In science:

The Ado-Iwasawa theorem states that LK has a finite dimensional linear representation.
On linearity of finitely generated R-analytic groups
However, by doing the similarity transformation in eq. (8.3), we can perform the integration over the subgroup K to which the matrix U belongs without further ado.
Random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
In the AdO-free case (second column in the table), we would expect for the “cosmic” values of log N(Li) rather strong neutral Li resonance lines in the spectra of ob jects as cool as DenisP J0205–1159 and Gl 229B.
Formation of the optical spectra of the coolest M- and L-dwarfs and lithium abundances in their atmospheres
We would all agree that perhaps this was “much ado about nothing”.
Summary of Experimental Meson Physics
Summers S. J., Yet More Ado About Nothing: The Remarkable Relativistic Vacuum State, arXiv:0802.1854v2 .
Non-Commutative Geometry, Categories and Quantum Physics