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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • p.adj To-worne tōō-worn′ (Spens.) worn-out.
    • ***


  • Denis Waitley
    “Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”
  • William Blake
    “To the eyes of a miser a guinea is more beautiful than the sun, and a bag worn with the use of money has more beautiful proportions than a vine filled with grapes.”
  • Plutarch
    “We ought not to treat living creatures like shoes or household belongings, which when worn with use we throw away.”
  • John D. Rockefeller
    “If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.”


In literature:

A girl whose material embodiment has melted away until she has worn the aspect of a wraith is not restored to normal bloom in a week.
"Robin" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
To dream of seeing any one wear worn-out shoes means the death of a near relative.
"Current Superstitions" by Various
So the upbraided hat was worn more often than before, and Vesta had to suffer much humiliation for it.
"The Entailed Hat" by George Alfred Townsend
I've worn three fat men on my toes for an hour to get a chance to watch it, but it was worth the agony.
"Homeburg Memories" by George Helgesen Fitch
Among these was a mantle similar to that worn by the chiefs, but more richly embroidered.
"By Right of Conquest" by G. A. Henty
She wore coats and skirts whenever they could be worn, and some people professed to believe that she slept in them.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
I'll show you whether I'm the worn-out specimen you seem to think I am.
"North of Fifty-Three" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
Perhaps the most restless, care-worn faces in the city are to be seen on this street.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
To sow the seed on clay soils that are worn would be to throw it away, unless in a most favorable season for growth.
"Clovers and How to Grow Them" by Thomas Shaw
Hannibal, the brave soldier, is recorded to have worn two sorts of wigs, one to improve, and the other to disguise his person.
"At the Sign of the Barber's Pole" by William Andrews
Nature will mend the break, but tired, worn, stretched, abused nerves take time to restore.
"Evening Round Up" by William Crosbie Hunter
They're worn to skin and bone.
"Under Fire" by Charles King
The clothing of the priests had long since worn to shreds.
"Canada: the Empire of the North" by Agnes C. Laut
Later still these marks were worn by all ranks in the Battalion, and the practice was continued up to the end of the war.
"The Sherwood Foresters in the Great War 1914 - 1919" by W.C.C. Weetman
Avice came to him in Mrs. Northrop's drawing-room, and Brereton glancing keenly at her as she entered saw that she was looking worn and pale.
"The Borough Treasurer" by Joseph Smith Fletcher
The owner says that the land is worn out, and that it will not pay to plant it.
"Agriculture for Beginners" by Charles William Burkett
I've worn that same suit to every place we've gone and I believe people think I sleep in it now.
"Miss Pat at Artemis Lodge" by Pemberton Ginther
He looked worn and thinner; and the set expression of the somewhat stern features gave a grim hardness not natural to their lines.
"Four Years in Rebel Capitals" by T. C. DeLeon
But in moments of stress he had a way of seeming to grow worn and older under one's very eyes.
"Elsie Marley, Honey" by Joslyn Gray
No less striking were the crimson embroidered garments worn by the Greeks, who rode to and from the city like princes on horseback.
"A Book of Discovery" by Margaret Bertha (M. B.) Synge

In poetry:

Yes - when the bugle blew
Weary and worn and few,
They did what they were asked to do
Whene'er the bugle blew
"What Time the Bugle Blew" by Anonymous Oceania
He is afar; the story old
Is blotted, worn, and dim;
With thee, O God, I can be bold—
I cannot pray to him.
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
A sad worn man who bows his face,
And treads a frightful path,
To save an abject hopeless race
From an eternal wrath.
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
Oh! lovely are ye, Love and Faith,
Enduring to the last!
She had her meed–one smile in death–
And his worn spirit pass'd.
"Gertrude, Or Fidelity Till Death" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
Young shoolders worn't meant to bear
Old heeads, an nivver will;
Youth had its fling when we wor thear,
An soa it will have still.
"Sixty An Sixteen" by John Hartley
His dim-worn eyes to heav'n he cast,
Where all his griefs were known;
And smote upon his troubled breast,
And heav'd a heavy groan.
"Night Scenes Of Other Times" by Joanna Baillie

In news:

For a variety of reasons too involved to discuss here, I've not worn a belt for a couple of years.
No business technology buzzword gets worn out quite like "transformation," but there's no other way to describe what Indian pharmaceutical company Cipla is embarking on.
Gullo tells clients to expect three to five years of life for well-worn speakers, "but frankly they typically last much longer," he says.
It might seem unfair to the citizens of this worn-out jewel of New England's industrial past, but come Nov 7, Waterbury voters could well determine the future conduct, not only of the Democratic Party, but of the war in Iraq.
If you are already worn down with election-year contention and wondering how you are going to make it to Nov 6, a big dose of relief is within your reach.
I know it's easy to get worn out hearing about the usually sad goings-on in this most vital of forests, but I find I'm always drawn to these stories.
Romney has never worn a uniform of this country that he claims to love so much.
Provides a uniform, fresh "new" finish to worn sidewalks, driveways, steps, pool decks and patios.
As has been reporting, Stewart has worn a series of scandalously sexy outfits to the US, UK, Spanish and German premieres of their final Twilight flick.
A picture-perfect way to use worn-out jeans.
Northeast Portland's Hollywood Theater started installing 600 seats last Friday to replace the historic theater's worn-out seats .
Patented is a diaper to be worn by a user, comprising a first absorbent layer with a center portion.
This Vero Moda very sheer stripe top can be worn to a pool party over a swimsuit or for a ladies' night out.
Everybody is talking about 50 Shades of Grey I'm worn out on it to be honest.
The scent is designed to be subtle rather than overpowering and can only be smelled when the shirt is worn.

In science:

It can be seen that even the face is tilted at certain angles; the tracking ability is still not compromised due to eyewear being worn and stabilized before calibration.
Eye-GUIDE (Eye-Gaze User Interface Design) Messaging for Physically-Impaired People
An eye patch can be worn on one eye as stereo vision is difficult to simulate.
Graphics Turing Test
I have worn it since March 2003, when American and Britain invaded Iraq, and I wear it while teaching thermodynamics to the 180 sophomore physics ma jors.
Physics Education Research: Or it's so hard to find good help these days
The computer was worn on McGuire’s belt, and typically took 3-5 minutes to acquire and compose a mosaic image composed of M × N subimages.
Field Geology with a Wearable Computer: First Results of the Cyborg Astrobiologist System
The computer was worn on McGuire’s belt, and typically took 3-5 minutes to acquire and compose a mosaic image composed of M × N subimages.
Field geology with a wearable computer: 1st results of the Cyborg Astrobiologist System