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age

Definitions

  • Middle-aged Novice
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v age grow old or older "She aged gracefully","we age every day--what a depressing thought!","Young men senesce"
    • v age begin to seem older; get older "The death of his wife caused him to age fast"
    • v age make older "The death of his child aged him tremendously"
    • n age how long something has existed "it was replaced because of its age"
    • n age a time of life (usually defined in years) at which some particular qualification or power arises "she was now of school age","tall for his eld"
    • n age a late time of life "old age is not for sissies","he's showing his years","age hasn't slowed him down at all","a beard white with eld","on the brink of geezerhood"
    • n age a prolonged period of time "we've known each other for ages","I haven't been there for years and years"
    • n age an era of history having some distinctive feature "we live in a litigious age"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

AGE 3. AGE 17. AGE 25 AGE 3. AGE 17. AGE 25
AGE 40 AGE 40
AGE 17 AGE 17
AGE 19 AGE 19
AGE 22. AGE 41. PRESENT DAY AGE 22. AGE 41. PRESENT DAY
AGE 14 AGE 14
AGE 2 AGE 2
AGE 16 AGE 16

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The reason why hair turns gray as we age is because the pigment cells in the hair follicle start to die, which is responsible for producing "melanin" which gives the hair colour
    • Age A century; the period of one hundred years. "Fleury . . . apologizes for these five ages ."
    • Age A great period in the history of the Earth.
    • Age A long time. "He made minutes an age ."
    • Age A particular period of time in history, as distinguished from others; as, the golden age, the age of Pericles. "The spirit of the age .""Truth, in some age or other, will find her witness."
    • Age Mature age; especially, the time of life at which one attains full personal rights and capacities; as, to come of age; he (or she) is of age .
    • Age One of the stages of life; as, the age of infancy, of youth, etc.
    • Age That part of the duration of a being or a thing which is between its beginning and any given time; as, what is the present age of a man, or of the earth?
    • Age The latter part of life; an advanced period of life; seniority; state of being old. "Nor wrong mine age with this indignity."
    • Age The people who live at a particular period; hence, a generation. "Ages yet unborn.""The way which the age follows.""Lo! where the stage, the poor, degraded stage,
      Holds its warped mirror to a gaping age ."
    • Age (poker) the right belonging to the player to the left of the dealer to pass the first round in betting, and then to come in last or stay out; also, the player holding this position; the eldest hand.
    • Age The time of life at which some particular power or capacity is understood to become vested; as, the age of consent; the age of discretion.
    • Age The whole duration of a being, whether animal, vegetable, or other kind; lifetime. "Mine age is as nothing before thee."
    • v. t Age To cause to grow old; to impart the characteristics of age to; as, grief ages us.
    • v. i Age To grow aged; to become old; to show marks of age; as, he grew fat as he aged . "They live one hundred and thirty years, and never age for all that.""I am aging ; that is, I have a whitish, or rather a light-colored, hair here and there."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Lions cannot roar until they reach the age of two.
    • n age The length of time during which a being or thing has existed; length of life or existence to the time spoken of; period or stage of life in the history of an individual existence, animate or inanimate: as, his age is twenty years; he died at the age of eighty; at your age you should know better; a tree or a building of unknown age; to live to a great age; old age.
    • n age Duration of existence, specifically or generally; the lifetime of an individual, or of the individuals of a class or species on an average: as, the age of the horse is from twenty-five to thirty years.
    • n age A period of human life usually marked by a certain stage of physical or mental development; especially, a degree of development, approximately or presumptively measured by years from birth, which involves responsibility to law and capacity to act with legal effect: as, the age of discretion or of maturity (the former technically occurring some years prior to the latter, about the age of fourteen). More specifically, of age, full age, or lawful age designates the attainment of majority, or that period when the general disabilities of infancy cease. It is fixed by the law of England and of most of the United States at 21 (in some States at 18 for females), but in Germany and some other European states at 24 or 25. At common law one is of full age the first instant of the beginning of the day before the 21st anniversary of one's birth. Other periods are fixed for special purposes: thus, the age of consent for marriage was fixed by the common law at 14 for males and 12 for females, not as being a marriageable age in the ordinary sense of being a suitable age for marriage, but as being the age after which one contracting marriage could not justly repudiate its obligations on the mere ground of youth. For the purposes of consent which will preclude charges of abduction and the like, the age of consent has been fixed in some jurisdictions at 16. Up to the age of 7 a child is conclusively presumed to be incapable of criminal intent; from 7 to 14 (in some jurisdictions 12) it is presumed to be incapable of such intent, but the contrary may be proved; over that age it is presumed to be capable of such intent. At 12 the capacity to take the oath of allegiance begins. The age of discretion, in the sense in which the term is used in the law of infancy, is 14, after which the child's wishes as to the choice of a guardian are consulted (sometimes called the age of election); and the entire period before the age of 14 is called the age of nurture. The age at which testamentary capacity begins in most of the United States is 21, with exceptions, many allowing a younger age for wills of personal property, and also for females or for married women.
    • n age The particular period of life at which one becomes naturally or conventionally qualified or disqualified for anything: as, at 46 a man is over age and cannot be enlisted; under age for the presidency; canonical age (which see, below).
    • n age Specifically, old age (see 1); the latter part of life or of long-continued existence; the lapse of time, especially as affecting a person's physical or mental powers; the state of being old; oldness.
    • n age An aged person, or old people collectively.
    • n age One of the periods or stages of development into which human life may be divided; time of life: as, life is divided into four ages, infancy, youth, manhood or womanhood, and old age.
    • n age A particular period of history, as distinguished from others; a historical epoch: as, the golden age; the age of heroes; the age of Pericles; the dramatists of the Elizabethan age. See ages in mythology and history, below.
    • n age In geology, a great period of the history of the earth, characterized by the development of some particular phase of organic life or of physical condition: as, the age of reptiles; the age of ice. In Dana's scheme of classification, the Silurian is the age of invertebrates, the Devonian the age of fishes, the Mesozoic the age of reptiles, the Tertiary the age of mammals, and the Quaternary the age of man.
    • n age The people who live at a particular period; hence, a generation or a succession of generations: as, ages yet unborn.
    • n age A century; the period of one hundred years, as in the phrases dark ages, middle ages, etc.
    • n age A great length of time; a protracted period: as, I have not seen you for an age.
    • n age In poker, the eldest hand, or the first player to the left of the dealer who bets.
    • n age The dark ages, a period of European history, beginning with or shortly before the fall of the Roman Empire of the West (a. d. 476), marked by a general decline of learning and civilization. It was introduced by the great influx of barbarians into western Europe in the fourth and fifth centuries known as the wandering of the nations, and is reckoned by Hallam as extending to the eleventh century, when a general revival of wealth, manners, taste, and learning began, and by others to the time of Dante in the thirteenth century, or later. The middle ages, a period of about a thousand years, between the close of what is technically considered ancient history and the first definite movements in Europe of the distinctively modern spirit of freedom and enterprise. Its beginning is synchronous with that of the dark ages, and it is variously reckoned as extending to the fall of Constantinople (1453), the invention of printing, the Renaissance, or the discovery of America, in the fifteenth century, or to the Reformation, in the early part of the sixteenth. The feudal ages, a portion of the middle ages, marked by the prevalence of feudal institutions and of the spirit of chivalry, extending from their nearly universal establishment in the tenth century to their decline in the sixteenth.
    • n age In Anglican churches, the age at which a man may be ordained to any one of the three grades of the ministry.
    • age To grow old; assume the appearance of old age: as, he ages rapidly.
    • age To make old; cause to grow or to seem old; produce the effect of age upon; bring to maturity or to a state fit for use; give the character of age or ripeness to: as, to age wine, clay, etc.
    • age A noun suffix of French, ultimately of Latin origin. Frequent in words taken from the French, as language, savage, voyage, pottage, baggage, etc., it has come to be a common English formative, forming, from names of things, collective nouns, as fruitage, leafage, baggage, etc.; from personal terms, nouns denoting condition, office, rank, service, fee, etc., as bondage, parsonage, porterage, etc.; from verbs, nouns expressing various relations, as breakage, clearage, postage, steerage, etc.
    • age To expose (mordanted or dyed cloth) to the air in order to fix the mordant or dye in insoluble form.
    • n age The fat obtained from the Coccus axin of Mexico. Also called axin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the Middle Ages, peacocks and swans were sometimes served at Christmas dinners
    • n Age āj the ordinary length of human life: the time during which a person or thing has lived or existed: mature years: legal maturity (at 21 years), or time of life with regard to crime, contracts, marriage, &c.: a period of time: any great period of human history, as the Golden Age, the Bronze Age, the Middle Ages, or of individual history, as the age of infancy, the five—or seven—so-called ages of man: a generation of men: a century
    • v.i Age to grow old:—pr.p. āg′ing; pa.p. āg′ed
    • n.pl Age old people
    • Age mature years
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Quotations

  • Amos Bronson Alcott
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    “The surest sign of age is loneliness.”
  • Thomas B. Aldrich
    Thomas B. Aldrich
    “To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent that is to triumph over old age.”
  • Muhammad Ali
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    “Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are.”
  • Elizabeth Arden
    Elizabeth Arden
    “I'm not interested in age. People who tell me their age are silly. You're as old as you feel.”
  • Fred Astaire
    Fred Astaire
    “Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you've got to start young.”
  • Daniel Francois Esprit Auber
    Daniel Francois Esprit Auber
    “Aging seems to be the only available way to live a long life.”

Idioms

Age before beauty - When this idiom is used, it is a way of allowing an older person to do something first, though often in a slightly sarcastic way.
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All ages and stripes - A shorthand for expressing a diversity of folks in a group
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Come of age - When something comes of age it develops completely and reaches maturity. When someone comes of age, they reach adulthood or fulfill their potential.
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Coon's age - (USA) A very long time, as in 'I haven't seen her in a coon's age!'
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In a coon's age - A long time. Example: I haven't seen her in a coon's age.
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In a dog's age - I you haven't done something in a dog's age, you haven't done it for a very long time.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. aage, eage, F. âge, fr. L. aetas, through a supposed LL. aetaticum,. L. aetas, is contracted fr. aevitas, fr. aevum, lifetime, age; akin to E. aye, ever. Cf. Each
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Through Fr. from L. discretion-em, discernĕre, -crētum.

Usage

In literature:

Bernaldez, judging from his aged appearance, thought that he might be seventy years of age, more or less, when he died.
"Christopher Columbus and His Monument Columbia" by Various
Florida makes a distinction between "age of consent" and "age of protection.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
In later ages he sent Confucius down upon earth as a saint.
"The Chinese Fairy Book" by Various
Yes, it is an advertising age, and an advertising age is a sensational age.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
He was now sixteen years of age.
"Modern Americans" by Chester Sanford
Was not the unfoldment of truth a matter, not of years, but of ages?
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
I saw him once or twice after this, in later years, but at a very early age he drowned himself.
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
The eldest was but eleven years of age.
"Benjamin Franklin, A Picture of the Struggles of Our Infant Nation One Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
But it would be a narrow view of the age to dwell wholly on its gloomier features, which are always the easiest to detect.
"The Age of Pope" by John Dennis
A child becomes more precious as he advances in age.
"Émile" by Jean Jacques Rousseau
They increase in bulk, and become less vascular, until middle age.
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
Following the age of bronze is the Iron Age, in which the advancement of man is especially marked.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
But these conditions came in by no means with the decline of the Middle Ages.
"Woman under socialism" by August Bebel
That was the age her friend Lady Ancester had assessed her at, in private conversation with Mr. Pellew.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
An order is published this morning revoking all details for the army of persons between the ages of eighteen and forty-five years of age.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
Age after age has passed away, for no other purpose than to behold their wretchedness.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
His ideal of freedom as of the Church was in some respects that of the earlier Middle Ages.
"The History of Freedom" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
I shall therefore speak, 1st, of the Age of Faith in the East; 2nd, of the Age of Faith in the West.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2)" by John William Draper
The great Cathedral has been the scene of events that illustrate almost every age of English history.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
But ruder ages had ruder sentiments.
"View of the State of Europe during the Middle Ages, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Henry Hallam
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In poetry:

So at a knock
I emptied my cage
To hide in the world
And alter with age.
"The Lockless Door" by Robert Frost
A stone's a stone
And a tree's a tree,
But what was the sense
Of aging me?
"Old Man Hoppergrass" by Stephen Vincent Benet
O years! and age! farewell:
Behold I go,
Where I do know
Infinity to dwell.
"Eternity" by Robert Herrick
And oh, may the aged
Stepmother Wisdom
Her gentle spirit
Ne'er seek to harm!
"My Goddess" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Ever Love fans it,
Ever Life feeds it,
Time cannot age it;
Death cannot slay.
"England My Mother" by William Watson
O yeomen, yield not,
Circle and save him!
Eindride, aid now
Thine aged father!
"Bergliot" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson

In news:

Randy's Review: " Ice Age 4" On a scale of 5 popcorn buckets, Ice Age 4 delivers 3 mammoth-sized buckets with Sid's slobbery, buttery topping.
Ice age continental drift is the fourth film in the series that began with Ice Age, Ice Age 2: The Meltdown, and Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.
A new exhibit at The North Carolina Arboretum, After the Dinosaurs: The Age of Mammals and Ice, unlocks the mysteries of the Ice Age with creatures that roamed the earth more than 20,000 years ago.
Randy's Review: "Ice Age 4" On a scale of 5 popcorn buckets, Ice Age 4 delivers 3 mammoth-sized buckets with Sid's slobbery, buttery topping.
The aim of the program is to put age-appropriate books in the hands of children age birth through 5 years.
The aged alpha + beta condition plus mechanical properties for bar and wire in the aged alpha + beta condition will be added to the standard.
Some of the statistics are alarming: One in 30 men ages to 20 to 34 is incarcerated, but one in nine black men in that age group is behind bars.
"The deferral period will be gradually increased to ages 67 to 72, in parallel with the proposed age increases, " says Service Canada.
From an early age, Rowling had an interest in writing, and wrote her first book, "Rabbit," at the age of six.
We need to move accounting from what we call an Industrial Age model to an Information Age model.
A New York lifeguard who was fired at age 71 has settled an age-discrimination lawsuit for $65,000.
When they start showing signs of aging like prominent veins and age spots, it can be especially frustrating.
" Lizards and snakes rivalled the dinosaurs in terms of diversity, making it just as much an 'Age of Lizards ' as an 'Age of Dinosaurs,'" Dr Longrich said.
The boys are French brothers Michel (age 4) and Edmond Navratil (age 2).
The cost is $10 per adult, $5 per child ages 6 to 12, and free for ages 5 and under.
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In science:

In the original version of the Penna bit-string model, at each time step every individual in the population, irrespective of present age or programmed death age, can be killed, with a probability V (t).
Random deaths in a computational model for age-structured populations
Typically, measures are taken for the age structure of the population - number of individuals and probability of survival and death by genetic causes for each age group - as well as for the genetic composition distribution.
Random deaths in a computational model for age-structured populations
The plot shows the population with a certain age, normalized to the population with age 1 (N (age)/N (1)).
Random deaths in a computational model for age-structured populations
We propose that the outer portions of cooling flows in clusters of galaxies are frequently disrupted by radio jets, and that their effective ages are much shorter than the cluster ages.
A Moderate Cluster Cooling Flow Model
In the present work, we propose that the outer portions of cooling flows are frequently disrupted by radio jets, and that the effective ages of cooling flows are much smaller than the cluster ages.
A Moderate Cluster Cooling Flow Model
We consider the following points: (1) AFJAN find that the ages of the seven cooling flows are much shorter than the clusters’ ages (see also Allen & Fabian 1997).
A Moderate Cluster Cooling Flow Model
We propose that the effective ages of cooling flows are much lower than cluster ages.
A Moderate Cluster Cooling Flow Model
An important result of this experiment is that χ′′wait merges with χ′′ref at very beginning of the resumed cooling as if the system forgets the aging at Twait (reinitialization of aging).
Numerical Study of Aging in the Generalized Random Energy Model
More precise age estimates are possible with more colors, and provide an independent means of solving for the age and the reddening caused by dust.
The Formation of Star Clusters
Together, these properties of the dynamical glassy phase go under the name “aging”, and it is one of our goals here to examine the possibility of aging in heteropolymers.
Random Heteropolymer Dynamics
Thus, in principle, there are two anstze for solving them, leading to two phases: an ergodic one (without aging) and a glassy one (with aging).
Random Heteropolymer Dynamics
The age of the universe must exceed the ages of the oldest globular clusters tGC = 14 ± 2 Gyr by an amount ∆t ∼ 0.5 − 2 Gyr, so the age of the universe required by these models seems to be too high unless globular cluster formation is delayed for a very long time.
CMB Constraints on a Baryonic Dark Matter-Dominated Universe
In the simple alternative, each living individual every year produces at most one offspring which apart from small mutations by ±1 year has the same mimimum reproduction age am and the same genetic death age ad as the parent.
Social Effects in Simple Computer Model of Ageing
Introduction of a maximum reproduction age can easily kill the population; setting it to 30 when the maximum possible age is 32 reduces the average age of genetic death from 18.6 to 18.4.) Similar effects are seen for the traditional Penna model [1,2], modified by the above Verhulst factor .
Social Effects in Simple Computer Model of Ageing
It was then taken such that the population is close to extinction and that the age distribution does not extend beyond the maximum age of 32 time intervals, traditional for many Penna model studies.
Social Effects in Simple Computer Model of Ageing
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