adult


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Acronyms, Idioms, Wikipedia.

adult

1. a mature fully grown animal or plant
2. Law a person who has attained the age of legal majority (18 years for most purposes)
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
References in classic literature ?
This you do at present with perfect confidence, because everyone knows to an inch or two the area occupied by an adult Triangle: but imagine that your Tradesman drags behind his regular and respectable vertex, a parallelogram of twelve or thirteen inches in diagonal: -- what are you to do with such a monster sticking fast in your house door?
Some of the adults lay prone upon the soft mat of dead and decaying vegetation which covered the ground, while others turned over pieces of fallen branches and clods of earth in search of the small bugs and reptiles which formed a part of their food.
Feeding with the herd were many of the little fellows not much larger than those which remained attached to their parents, and from the young of that size the herd graded up to the immense adults.
In the adults, as I was to learn quite soon, this color deepens to an olive green and is darker in the male than in the female.
SHEA had just beaten me at chess, as usual, and, also as usual, I had gleaned what questionable satisfaction I might by twitting him with this indication of failing mentality by calling his attention to the nth time to that theory, propounded by certain scientists, which is based upon the assertion that phenomenal chess players are always found to be from the ranks of children under twelve, adults over seventy-two or the mentally defective--a theory that is lightly ignored upon those rare occasions that I win.
Eliot gave them occasionally an apple or a cake; and the adults were requested to repeat to them the instructions that had been given.
Many of the adults had been little apes during his boyhood.
[USPRwire, Mon Jul 29 2019] Global Adult Diapers Market: Snapshot The elderly care market is inundated with a variety of products and adult diapers is one of them.
In Metro Manila, there was a six-point decrease in adult joblessness, from 27 percent (1.7 million adults) in December 2018 to 21 percent in March 2019.
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque welcomed the results of the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, which showed that adult joblessness dropped to 19.7 percent in the second quarter of 2018.
'SWS's adult joblessness data refers to adults in the labor force.