American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A sun-dried, unburned brick of clay and straw.
- n. The clay or soil from which this brick is made.
- n. A structure built with this type of brick.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The Mexican-Spanish name of the sun-dried brick in common use in countries of small rainfall and of inferior civilization.
- n. Clay or soil from which sun-dried bricks are made, or which is suitable for making them. In the quicksilver-mines of the Pacific coast, a brick made of the finer ores mixed with clay, for more convenient handling in the furnace.
- Built or made of adobes or sundried bricks. Suitable for making sundried bricks: as, an adobe soil.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An unburnt brick dried in the sun; also used as an adjective, .
- n. Western U. S. Earth from which unburnt bricks are made.
- n. (Geol.) Alluvial and playa clays of desert and arid regions, differing from ordinary clays of humid regions in containing carbonates and other soluble minerals.
- n. sun-dried brick; used in hot dry climates
- n. the clay from which adobe bricks are made
- From Spanish adobe, from Arabic الطوب (aṭ-ṭūb), from Coptic (Sahidic) ⲧⲱⲃⲉ (tōbe, "brick"), from Egyptian (Wiktionary)
- Spanish, from Arabic aṭ-ṭūba, the brick : al-, the + ṭūba, a brick, singulative of ṭūb, bricks (from Coptic tōbe, tōōbe, from Egyptian ḏbt, brick). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Building your own little cozy adobe is a dream for many.”
“I checked out the free portion of the site and found that comic books are being provided for in adobe formats, supplying rich and colorful views of comics, that can be zoomed in and out of, and paging that allows flipping quickly.”
“Generally, adobe is not sealed before the stucco is applied.”
“Along one 500-mile stretch, villagers living in adobe houses move freely from one side to another, and no one pays them any mind unless they wander too far into the modern world.”
“The authors chose well the buildings they use as examples for their premise that "adobe is an old tradition with a new future," the recurring theme of the book.”
“And, again, there's that generous supply of first-class photos to illustrate all those ways in which adobe is used.”
“The main thing with adobe is to get it up off the ground.”
“His regular adobe is made the old fashoned way and crumbles easily.”
“A heated wall will draw moisture up into itself if the adobe is in contact with the ground surface.”
“My building experiences have been with brick and concrete, so my knowledge of adobe is limited.”
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