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[ad-uh mz] /ˈæd əmz/
Abigail (Smith) 1744–1818, U.S. social and political figure (wife of John Adams).
Alice, 1926–1999, U.S. writer.
Ansel, 1902–84, U.S. photographer.
Brooks, 1848–1927, U.S. historian and political scientist (son of Charles Francis Adams and brother of Henry Brooks Adams).
Charles Francis, 1807–86, U.S. statesman: minister to Great Britain 1861–68 (son of John Quincy Adams).
Franklin P(ierce) ("F.P.A") 1881–1960, U.S. author and columnist.
Henry (Brooks) 1838–1918, U.S. historian, writer, and teacher (son of Charles Francis Adams).
James Truslow
[truhs-loh] /ˈtrʌs loʊ/ (Show IPA),
1878–1949, U.S. historian.
John, 1735–1826, 2nd president of the U.S. 1797–1801: a leader in the American Revolution.
John Michael Geoffrey Manningham
[man-ing-uh m] /ˈmæn ɪŋ əm/ (Show IPA),
("Tom") 1931–85, Barbadian political leader: prime minister 1976–85.
John Quincy
[kwin-zee,, -see] /ˈkwɪn zi,, -si/ (Show IPA),
1767–1848, 6th president of the U.S. 1825–29; secretary of state 1817–25 (son of John Adams).
Léonie Fuller [ley-oh-nee] /leɪˈoʊ ni/ (Show IPA), 1899–1988, U.S. poet.
Maude (Maude Kiskadden) 1872–1953, U.S. actress.
Roger, 1889–1971, U.S. chemist.
Samuel, 1722–1803, American statesman: a leader in the American Revolution.
Samuel Hopkins, 1874–1958, U.S. journalist and novelist.
Walter Sydney, 1876–1956, U.S. astronomer.
Mount. a mountain in SW Washington, in the Cascade Range. 12,307 feet (3751 meters).
a mountain in N New Hampshire, in the White Mountains. 5798 feet (1767 meters).
a city in W Massachusetts. Unabridged
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  • She was warmly welcomed by Mrs. abigail adams, who at once saw how great would be the influence of the women upon their husbands.

  • abigail adams wrote to her husband that their house was "very dirty, but no other damage has been done to it."

    The Siege of Boston Allen French
  • abigail adams was too proud to allude to this at the time; there is no hint of it in the letters from London.

    Abigail Adams and Her Times Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
  • abigail adams was one of the exceptional women, and her letters have many a reference to the training of her famous son.

  • What man, soldier or statesman, could have written more courageous words than these by abigail adams?

  • Much has been written of the shrewdness, carefulness, industry, as well as general womanliness of abigail adams.

  • In the midst of these alarms, John and abigail adams celebrated their golden wedding.

    Abigail Adams and Her Times Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
  • abigail adams also has left us rather detailed descriptions of her dresses prepared for various special occasins.

  • Mrs. abigail adams had not been charmed with the White House nor the city.

British Dictionary definitions for abigail adams


a mountain in SW Washington, in the Cascade Range. Height: 3751 m (12 307 ft)


Gerry, full name Gerrard Adams. born 1948, Northern Ireland politician; president of Sinn Féin from 1983: negotiated the Irish Republican Army ceasefires in 1994–96 and 1997; member of the parliament of the Irish Republic from 2011
Henry (Brooks). 1838–1918, US historian and writer. His works include Mont Saint Michel et Chartres (1913) and his autobiography The Education of Henry Adams (1918)
John. 1735–1826, second president of the US (1797–1801); US ambassador to Great Britain (1785–88); helped draft the Declaration of Independence (1776)
John Coolidge. born 1947, US composer; works include the operas Nixon in China (1987) and The Death of Klinghoffer (1991)
John Couch. 1819–92, British astronomer who deduced the existence and position of the planet Neptune
John Quincey. son of John Adams. 1767–1848, sixth president of the US (1825–29); secretary of state (1817–25)
Richard. born 1920, British author; his novels include Watership Down (1972), The Plague Dogs (1977), and Traveller (1988)
Samuel. 1722–1803, US revolutionary leader; one of the organizers of the Boston Tea Party; a signatory of the Declaration of Independence
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abigail adams in Science
American astronomer who demonstrated that the essential brightness of a star could be calculated by studying its spectrum and who introduced a method for measuring the distance of stars based on their brightness. In 1915 he discovered Sirius B, the first known white dwarf star, and his measurement of the gravitational red shift in the light leaving its surface was accepted as evidence for Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity.
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