[n. uh-dres, ad-res; v. uh-dres]
a speech or written statement, usually formal, directed to a particular group of persons: the president's address on the state of the economy.
a direction as to the intended recipient, written on or attached to a piece of mail.
the place or the name of the place where a person, organization, or the like is located or may be reached: What is your address when you're in Des Moines?
manner of speaking to persons; personal bearing in conversation.
skillful and expeditious management; ready skill; dispatch: to handle a matter with address.
a label, as an integer, symbol, or other set of characters, designating a location, register, etc., where information is stored in computer memory.
a set of characters designating an e-mail account: Her e-mail address ends in “.net,” not “.com.”
a set of characters designating the location of a website or a particular computer or other device on a network: He visits that website so often that its complete address comes up whenever he types its first letter into the address bar. See also URL.
Government. a request to the executive by the legislature to remove a judge for unfitness.
Usually, addresses. attentions paid by a suitor or lover; courtship.
(usually initial capital letter) the reply to the king's speech in the English Parliament.
Obsolete, preparation.
verb (used with object), addressed or addrest, addressing.
to direct a speech or written statement to: to address an assembly.
to use a specified form or title in speaking or writing to: Address the president as “Mr. President.”
to direct to the attention: He addressed his remarks to the lawyers in the audience.
to apply in speech (used reflexively, usually followed by to ): He addressed himself to the leader.
to deal with or discuss: to address the issues.
to put the directions for delivery on: to address a letter.
Commerce. to consign or entrust to the care of another, as agent or factor.
to direct the energy or efforts of (usually followed by to ): He addressed himself to the task.
to direct (data) to a specified location in an electronic computer.
Golf. to take a stance and place the head of the club behind (the ball) preparatory to hitting it.
Obsolete. to woo; court.
Archaic. to give direction to; aim.
Obsolete. to prepare.
verb (used without object), addressed or addrest, addressing. Obsolete.
to make an appeal.
to make preparations.

1300–50; Middle English adressen to adorn < Middle French adresser. See a-5, dress

addresser, addressor, noun
half-addressed, adjective
preaddress, noun, verb (used with object)
readdress, verb (used with object), readdressed or readdrest, readdressing.
unaddressed, adjective
well-addressed, adjective

1. discourse, lecture. See speech. 5. adroitness, cleverness, ingenuity, tact.
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address (əˈdrɛs)
1.  the conventional form by which the location of a building is described
2.  the written form of this, as on a letter or parcel, preceded by the name of the person or organization for whom it is intended
3.  the place at which someone lives
4.  a speech or written communication, esp one of a formal nature
5.  skilfulness or tact
6.  archaic manner or style of speaking or conversation
7.  computing See also direct access a number giving the location of a piece of stored information
8.  (Brit) government a statement of the opinions or wishes of either or both Houses of Parliament that is sent to the sovereign
9.  the alignment or position of a part, component, etc, that permits correct assembly or fitting
10.  (usually plural) expressions of affection made by a man in courting a woman
vb , -dresses, -dressing, -dressed, -drest
11.  to mark (a letter, parcel, etc) with an address
12.  to speak to, refer to in speaking, or deliver a speech to
13.  (used reflexively; foll by to)
 a.  to speak or write to: he addressed himself to the chairman
 b.  to apply oneself to: he addressed himself to the task
14.  to direct (a message, warning, etc) to the attention of
15.  to consign or entrust (a ship or a ship's cargo) to a factor, merchant, etc
16.  to adopt a position facing (the ball in golf, a partner in a dance, the target in archery, etc)
17.  to treat of; deal with: chapter 10 addresses the problem of transitivity
18.  an archaic word for woo
[C14: (in the sense: to make right, adorn) and c15 (in the modern sense: to direct words): via Old French from Vulgar Latin addrictiāre (unattested) to make straight, direct oneself towards, from Latin ad- to + dīrectusdirect]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "to make straight," from O.Fr. adresser (13c.), from V.L. *addirectiare "make straight," from L. ad "to" + *directiare, from L. directus "straight, direct" (see direct). Meaning "to direct spoken words (to someone)" is from late 15c.; noun sense of "formal speech"
is from 1751. Meaning in English expanded 17c.-18c. to the notion of directing something, as a letter, "straight" to where somebody lives. "To send as a written message" is from 1630s, which led to noun senses of "superscription of a letter" (1712) and "place of residence" (1888). Related: Addressee (1810).
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"Once also it was my business to go in search of the relics of a human body, mangled by sharks, which had just been cast up, a week after a wreck, having got the direction from a lighthouse: I should find it a mile or two distant over the sand, a dozen rods from the water, covered with a cloth, by a stick stuck up. I expected that I must look very narrowly to find so small an object, but the sandy beach, half a mile wide, and stretching farther than the eye could reach, was so perfectly smooth and bare, and the mirage toward the sea so magnifying, that when I was half a mile distant the insignificant sliver which marked the spot looked like a bleached spar, and the relics were conspicuous as if they lay in state on that sandy plain, or a generation had labored to pile up their cairn there. Close at hand they were simply some bones with a little flesh adhering to them, in fact only a slight inequality in the sweep of the shore. There was nothing at all remarkable about them, and they were singularly inoffensive both to the senses and the imagination. But as I stood there they grew more and more imposing. They were alone with the beach and the sea, whose hollow roar seemed addressed to them, and I was impressed as if there was an understanding between them and the ocean which necessarily left me out, with my snivelling sympathies. That dead body had taken possession of the shore, and reigned over it as no living one could, in the name of a certain majesty which belonged to it."
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