Where can one read where the verb A-D-N (Alef-Dalet-Nun) is used?

(My understanding is that Hebrew nouns come from Hebrew verbs. I am just curious to read the verb uses of the root word of "ADoN". If one can not find it in the TaNaKH, then other sources, such as Talmudic Hebrew would do. Regardless whether Hebrew nouns come from Hebrew verbs or not, I am still interested in the answer to my question.)

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    Why do you think that all nouns come from verbs? ?בית? לילה Jul 17, 2018 at 10:23
  • "Where can one read where the verb A-D-N (Alef-Dalet-Nun) is used?" This is my only question and statement. Any other else, such as the question you asked, is quite literally parenthetical which opens up a different topic.
    – ninamag
    Jul 17, 2018 at 10:26
  • For being sure, I checked a concordance, and there is no such usage. Jul 17, 2018 at 10:36
  • You might be referring to useage in the TaNaKH, which I anticipated in my post. Therefore I suggested the next step would be Talmudic Hebrew (or are you saying you consulted a Talmudic concordance?)
    – ninamag
    Jul 17, 2018 at 10:38

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  1. According to the Even-Shushan dictionary, there are no verbs based on that root.

  2. אדן in Hebrew means base, pillar, like in "אדני המשכן" - pillars of the tabernacle (Shemot 38:31 thanx mbloch).

  3. The word אדון has no connection to the root אדן and comes presumably from לדון (to judge, to master) where א is a prefix.

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    Your point number 3 sounds very likely to be true, and I had conjectured that myself. Do you have a source for it? Does Even-Shushan write that?
    – Joel K
    Jul 17, 2018 at 12:52
  • If you're familiar with Even Shoshan, he holds (Z"L) that Hebrew came from proto-Canaanite / Akkadian, and he says אדון comes from Canaanite אדנ or Akkadian אדנ - strong, powerful.
    – Al Berko
    Jul 17, 2018 at 12:57
  • I didn't look inside at Even Shoshan, but אדון is usually considered to have come from אד + the ending -ון (as in the Canaanite name אדורם, Solomon's tax officer), so I think points 2 and 3 aren't etymologically correct
    – b a
    Jul 17, 2018 at 13:09
  • @ba Interesting, E.SH says אד (steam, vapor, no other meaning found) comes from Akkadian "edu" for a flood. How is it connected to אדון?
    – Al Berko
    Jul 17, 2018 at 13:40
  • I think R’ Hirsch agreed to point #2 but holds that אדון is indeed from אדן, as the master of something is the base upon which everything else is built - all according to his wishes. Something to that effect.
    – DonielF
    Jul 17, 2018 at 14:01

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