What does adder mean?

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ˈæd əradder

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. addernoun

    a person who adds numbers

  2. addernoun

    a machine that adds numbers

  3. adder, common viper, Vipera berusnoun

    small terrestrial viper common in northern Eurasia

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Addernoun

    A serpent, a viper, a poisonous reptile; perhaps of any species. In common language, adders and snakes are not the same.

    Etymology: Ætter, Ættor, Naddre, as it seems from eitter, Sax. poison.

    Or is the adder better than the eel,
    Because his painted skin contents the eye. William Shakespeare, As you like it.

    An adder did it; for, with doubler tongue
    Than thine, thou serpent, never adder stung. William Shakespeare, Midsum. Night’s Dream.

    The adder teaches us where to strike, by her curious and fearful defending of her head. Jeremy Taylor, of living holy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Addernoun

    one who, or that which, adds; esp., a machine for adding numbers

  2. Addernoun

    a serpent

  3. Addernoun

    a small venomous serpent of the genus Vipera. The common European adder is the Vipera (/ Pelias) berus. The puff adders of Africa are species of Clotho

  4. Addernoun

    in America, the term is commonly applied to several harmless snakes, as the milk adder, puffing adder, etc

  5. Addernoun

    same as Sea Adder

  6. Etymology: [See Add.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Adder

    ad′ėr, n. the popular English name of the viper.—ns. Ad′der's-tongue, a genus of ferns the seeds of which grow on a spike resembling a serpent's tongue; Ad′der's-wort, a wort or plant, so called from its being supposed to cure the bite of serpents—also called Snakeweed. [A.S. nædre; cf. Ger. atter for natter. An adder came by mistake into use for a nadder; the reverse mistake is a newt for an ewt or eft.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of adder in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of adder in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of adder in a Sentence

  1. William Shakespeare:

    It is the bright day that brings forth the adder, and that craves wary walking.

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    an utterance expressing pain or disapproval
    • A. refine
    • B. condemn
    • C. signify
    • D. moan

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