• Part of the Modern Village Of Karnak, to The West Of the Temple of ApÎt
    Part of the Modern Village Of Karnak, to The West Of the Temple of ApÎt
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj apt being of striking appropriateness and pertinence "the successful copywriter is a master of apposite and evocative verbal images","an apt reply"
    • adj apt (usually followed by `to') naturally disposed toward "he is apt to ignore matters he considers unimportant","I am not minded to answer any questions"
    • adj apt mentally quick and resourceful "an apt pupil","you are a clever man...you reason well and your wit is bold"-Bram Stoker"
    • adj apt at risk of or subject to experiencing something usually unpleasant "he is apt to lose","she is liable to forget"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"I'll give him a pull that will be apt to teach him his own place." "I'll give him a pull that will be apt to teach him his own place."
An Apt Pupil An Apt Pupil

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If hot water is suddenly poured into a glass that glass is more apt to break if it is thick than if it is thin. This is why test tubes are made of thin glass.
    • Apt Fit or fitted; suited; suitable; appropriate. "They have always apt instruments.""A river . . . apt to be forded by a lamb."
    • Apt Having an habitual tendency; habitually liable or likely; -- used of things. "My vines and peaches . . . were apt to have a soot or smuttiness upon their leaves and fruit.""This tree, if unprotected, is apt to be stripped of the leaves by a leaf-cutting ant."
    • Apt Inclined; disposed customarily; given; ready; -- used of persons. "Apter to give than thou wit be to ask.""That lofty pity with which prosperous folk are apt to remember their grandfathers."
    • Apt Ready; especially fitted or qualified (to do something); quick to learn; prompt; expert; as, a pupil apt to learn; an apt scholar. "An apt wit.""Live a thousand years,
      I shall not find myself so apt to die."
      "I find thee apt . . . Now, Hamlet, hear."
    • v. t Apt To fit; to suit; to adapt. "To apt their places.""That our speech be apted to edification."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • apt Possessing the qualities necessary or proper for a certain purpose or end; fit; suited; adapted; suitable.
    • apt Suited to its purpose; apposite; pertinent; appropriate; becoming: as, an apt metaphor.
    • apt Having a tendency; naturally susceptible; liable; likely: as, wheat on moist land is apt to blast or be winter-killed.
    • apt Inclined; predisposed; disposed customarily; prone; ready: as, one who is too apt to slander others.
    • apt Ready; prompt; quick; unusually intelligent; expert; facile: as, a pupil apt to learn; an apt wit.
    • apt Prepared; ready; willing.
    • apt Capable of easy explanation; natural; credible.
    • apt Synonyms Apt, Fit. “The words apt and fit might be thought to differ only in this, that the former is of Latin derivation; but apt has an active sense, and fit a passive sense,—a distinction clearly shown by Shakspere, when the poisoner in the play in Hamlet says, ‘hands apt, drugs fit,’ and by Wordsworth: ‘Our hearts more apt to sympathize with heaven, our souls more fit for future glory.’” H. Reed, Eng. Lit., p. 106. Meet, fitting, germane, appropriate.3 and . Apt, Likely, Liable, Subject, prone. Apt, when used in this sense of persons, indicates physical tendency or inward inclination: as, apt to catch cold; apt to neglect work; when used of things, it similarly indicates natural tendency: as, apt to mold. Likely may suggest the same idea: as, he is likely to do it; it is likely to rust; or it may express mere external probability or chance: as, he is likely to come at any moment. Liable in this connection is properly used only of exposure to evil, being practically equivalent to exposed, or exposed to the danger of: as, liable to accident; liable to be hurt, that is, exposed to the danger of being hurt; liable to censure: in such use it does not express probability or tendency, but merely the possibility of exposure or risk. Subject expresses what is likely to happen to a person or thing, and occasionally does happen. Liable to disease and subject to disease thus convey different ideas. The things to which we are liable are determined more by accident or circumstance; the things to which we are subject are determined by nature and constitution. Apt to be suddenly ill; liable, but not likely, to die before the physician arrives; subject to attacks of epilepsy.
    • apt Clever, bright, dexterous.
    • apt To prepare for a definite service; fit; suit for anticipated circumstances; adapt.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Apt apt liable: ready for or prone to anything: prompt, open to impressions (with at)
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  • Pliny The Elder
    “Men are most apt to believe what they least understand.”
  • Lady Bird Johnson
    Lady Bird Johnson
    “Children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Example sheds a genial ray which men are apt to borrow, so first improve yourself today, and then your friends tomorrow.”
  • Malcolm S. Forbes
    “If you expect nothing, you're apt to be surprised. You'll get it.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “Nothing is so dangerous as being too modern; one is apt to grow old fashioned quite suddenly.”
  • Elbert Hubbard
    “If you have no enemies you are apt to be in the same predicament in regard to friends.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. apte, L. aptus, fr. obsolete apere, to fasten, to join, to fit, akin to apisci, to reach, attain: cf. Gr. to fasten, Skr. āpta, fit, fr. āp, to reach attain
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. apt-us, fit, suitable, apposite; cog. with Gr. hapt-ein.


In literature:

Some farms are apt to produce cancer on the throat and side of the head.
"Cattle and Cattle-breeders" by William M'Combie
Solitary people are apt to grow morose.
"The Lady of the Basement Flat" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
In the summer time it is apt to be hid!
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
Unless informed of what is to be seen one is apt to be greatly disappointed.
"Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania" by Jewett Castello Gilson
Habits of life are apt to modify it materially.
"The Physical Life of Woman:" by Dr. George H Napheys
It is but little that I can do for them; and that little I am apt to despise, in the vain desire to do more.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
Such writing is apt to leave a confused or obscure impression.
"Elementary Guide to Literary Criticism" by F. V. N. Painter
A young wife should realize that she is apt to become pregnant at any time.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
Apt phrases and beautiful figures of speech seize the imagination and enchain the fancy.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
Mountainous countries, therefore, are apt to be sparsely peopled regions.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway

In poetry:

One, too apt to faint and fail,
Loved to stray
Here where water-shallows wail
Day by day.
"James Lionel Michael" by Henry Kendall
Who is it, when one starts for th' day
A cheerin word is apt to say,
At sends yo leeter on yor way?
A wife.
"A Wife [1]" by John Hartley
Mr. Philip Snowden
Was rarely mistaken for Woden
People as a rule were much more
Apt to mistake him for Thor.
"Clerihew – Snowden" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley
Before I knew thy chast'ning rod
My feet were apt to stray;
But now I learn to keep thy word,
Nor wander from thy way.
"Psalm 119 part 14" by Isaac Watts
Tom went off to London town;
Margery went to village school;
Apt she was, and quick to learn,
Docile to the simplest rule.
"Goody Two-Shoes" by Clara Doty Bates
Q. Alas! I'm daily apt to stray,
How shall I heav'nward make?
A. Through Christ the consecrated way,
Design'd for thee to take.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. I." by Ralph Erskine

In news:

Balter, Paul Douglas, 61, 1453 W 36th St. Horn, Patricia Elizabeth, 50, 646 E 31st St. Bartlett, Richard Kim, 34, 9 W Fourth St. Ziegler, Tiffany Marie, 30, 1811 Treetop Drive, Apt 2B.
Crown Bar hosts a pre-Thanksgiving party this Wednesday with a cocktail aptly named 'The Waddle .
Colorado Springs attracts people who love the outdoors and are apt to take a 10-mile hike on a whim .
For nearly three decades she wrote for The New Yorker's Talk of the Town section under the woefully apt pseudonym the Long- Winded Lady.
Royal Wade Kimes is proud to call himself a "singing cowboy" - and it's an apt description based on the dozen self-penned songs on his third CD.
Crews on the new multimillion-dollar monohull yachts being built for the America's Cup match in 1992 are apt to be pleased if they reach speeds nearing 20 knots.
Aptly titled "Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish ," it's been screened for enthusiastic audiences in London and Berlin, where it won the audience favorite award at the Berlin Jewish Film Festival.
Cards will reach them at 8501 Flying Cloud Drive, Apt 308, Eden Prairie, MN 55344.
The family requests a card shower to: Mr and Mrs Oscar Larson Jr, The Cedars, 1071 Darlow Drive, Apt 208, McPherson, KS 67460.
WANTED I am Looking for a 1 BR Efficiency Apt.
United States, the DC Circuit majority concludes, in one apt sentence, that the evidence at trial was sufficient to support a conviction for attempt to commit robbery.
He is now residing at 1000 S 5th Ave, Apt.
There was once a time when, before they were big in America, talented Canadians would appear on 'Canada AM,' an aptly-named morning talk show on CTV.
Band of Apt Fit Hannibal Track and Field stars sign NLI's.
APT Tough Guy of the Week.

In science:

One machine is a standard Laptop (MacBook Air) that allows for testing the performance on an average personal computer, and serves as an apt comparison basis to the machine used for the measurements in Ref. .
A modular framework for randomness extraction based on Trevisan's construction
Negation as Failure is investigated by Apt and van Emden and Lloyd .
Logic Programming, Functional Programming, and Inductive Definitions
Apt, K. R., van Emden, M. H., Contributions to the theory of logic programming, J.
Logic Programming, Functional Programming, and Inductive Definitions
Clearly, a solution operator obeys the properties expected of CSP solving [Apt 1999]: ACM Transactions on Computational Logic, Vol. V, No. N, February 2008.
Certainty Closure: Reliable Constraint Reasoning with Incomplete or Erroneous Data
Apt. A proof theoretic view of constraint programming.
Explaining Constraint Programming