Washington, D.C. 20549

                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT

                       Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
                       The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

       Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): December 2, 2003

                                 ADE CORPORATION
             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

   Massachusetts                         0-26714                04-2441829
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(State or other jurisdiction           (Commission            (IRS Employer
 of incorporation)                     File Number)          Identification No.)

                                  80 Wilson Way
                          Westwood, Massachusetts 02090
          (Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

                                 (781) 467-3500
              (Registrant's telephone number, including area code)

Item 12. Results of Operations and Financial Condition.

     On December 2, 2003, ADE Corporation issued a press release reporting its
financial results for the three and six months ended October 31, 2003. The press
release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by


     Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

                            ADE CORPORATION

                            By:  /s/ Brian C. James
                                 Brian C. James
                                 Executive Vice President, Treasurer and Chief
                                 Financial Officer

Date:   December 2, 2003