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  • Middle-aged Novice
    Middle-aged Novice
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj aging growing old
    • n aging the organic process of growing older and showing the effects of increasing age
    • n aging acquiring desirable qualities by being left undisturbed for some time
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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 14 AGE 14
AGE 16 AGE 16

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix all died at the young age of 27.
    • n aging Any process for imparting the characteristics and properties of age: as, the aging of wines and liquors by heat and agitation.
    • n aging In calicoprinting and dyeing, the process of fixing the soluble mordant or dye by exposing the cloth in well-ventilated chambers to air which is kept warm and moist, for a time sufficient to allow the mordant or dye laid upon the surface of the cloth to penetrate the fibers and become firmly attached to them. Any superfluous portions, or those which may remain soluble, are removed by dunging
    • n aging In ceramics, the storage of prepared clay, to allow it time to ferment and ripen before using. E. H. Knight. The clay is kept wet, and is often mixed and tempered; and the process sometimes lasts for many years.
    • n aging Also spelled ageing.
    • n aging In the preparation of logwood for dyeing, the process of exposing the wood (usually in the form of chips) to the air, in order that the hematoxylin it, contains may be oxidized or developed into hematein, the actual coloring agent. Also known as curing or maturing.
    • n aging In electricity, the property, exhibited more or less by iron, of showing an increase of hysteresis loss when for a long time exposed to alternating magnetization, especially at a higher temperature.
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  • Maggie Kuhn
    Maggie Kuhn
    “Old age is an excellent time for outrage. My goal is to say or do at least one outrageous thing every week.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “Old age is a tyrant, who forbids, under pain of death, the pleasures of youth.”
  • Walter Savage Landor
    “O what a thing is age! Death without death's quiet.”
  • Doug Larson
    Doug Larson
    “The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball.”
  • Tom Lehrer
    Tom Lehrer
    “It is a sobering thought, that when Mozart was my age he had been dead for two years.”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “For age is opportunity no less than youth itself, though in another dress, and as the evening twilight fades away, the sky is filled with stars, invisible by day.”


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.
All ages and stripes - A shorthand for expressing a diversity of folks in a group
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.
Coon's age - (USA) A very long time, as in 'I haven't seen her in a coon's age!'
In a coon's age - A long time. Example: I haven't seen her in a coon's age.
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.


In literature:

Age, reverence for, 217.
"Salem Witchcraft, Volumes I and II" by Charles Upham
Of all the qualities of a great man of his age, he was only wanting in honesty.
"History of the Girondists, Volume I" by Alphonse de Lamartine
Thus mused Michelangelo, aged twenty-two.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 4 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
The progress of little Lewis was equal to that of most boys of his age.
"The Path of Duty, and Other Stories" by H. S. Caswell
He died from "old age," as we are told, in 1867, aged 94 years.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
His hair is white, his eyes blurred with age, but he's quite active tho' he does walk with a stick.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
The age he lived in was an age of selfish despots, treacherous generals, godless priests.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
But why keep alive and circulate as truth these animal legends of the prescientific ages?
"The Last Harvest" by John Burroughs
The Queen died about the age of seventy-six, as did King Edward at the same age, from grief and senility.
"Studies in Forensic Psychiatry" by Bernard Glueck
Everything that had age on its side was rejected because of its age.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
Young mars an' me was just 'bout same age.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Their mental ages and chronological ages were practically identical.
"Applied Eugenics" by Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
As the historian now speaks of the age of Gregory VII.
"The Catholic World. Volume II; Numbers 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12." by E. Rameur
Old men and young men, males and females of all ages and ranks, were there; some passed, and some sank.
"The Indian in his Wigwam" by Henry R. Schoolcraft
The spindle-whorl was equally in use in Europe and Asia during the Neolithic Age as in the Bronze Age.
"The Swastika" by Thomas Wilson
The Papacy is an immense wall raised between man and God by the labour of ages.
"History of the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century (Volume 1)" by J. H. Merle D'Aubigné
Brewer was a middle-aged man, with hands in his pockets; plain truth is always respectable.
"The Catholic World. Volume III; Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6." by E. Rameur
Hither, about 1397, in the 70th year of his age, Geoffrey Chaucer, who had purchased it, retired.
"Homes and Haunts of the Most Eminent British Poets, Vol. I (of 2)" by William Howitt
She died in the forty-fourth year of her age, May 14, 1598.
"Historical Description of Westminster Abbey" by Anonymous
But to this age, as to every age, Christ comes as a master.
"Christianity and Modern Thought" by Various

In poetry:

Mamma has bought a calendar,
And every single page
Has pictures on of little girls
'Most just about my age.
"Dorothy's Opinion" by Carolyn Wells
Since I have left Hy-Brasail,
Age has encompassed me,
She plucks me by the shoulder
And will not let me be.
"I Have Been To Hy-Brasail" by Dora Sigerson Shorter
And never in all ages,
Since John on Patmus wrote;
Have words been put on pages
As great as Lincoln spoke.
"The Angel Who Unfetter'd St. Peter" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Singer of songs, do you know
That youth is flying?
That age, at the lock of your life,
Will soon be prying?
"Fleeting Spring" by Frank Barbour Coffin
It was an age of babbling,
When the players would play
Mad with the wine and miracles
Of a charmed holiday.
"You And Yellow Air" by John Shaw Neilson
God reward them!
God bless them, it will help me in my age
But Sir! it will not pay me for my child!
"English Eclogues IV - The Sailor's Mother" by Robert Southey

In news:

The age-old treatment can help children of all ages.
Raising the age also would increase out-of-pocket medical costs for those ages 65 and 66.
"The deferral period will be gradually increased to ages 67 to 72, in parallel with the proposed age increases," says Service Canada.
Those under age 30 were most supportive, while a clear majority of those between the ages of 30 and 64 were opposed.
Age progression picture of what Brittanee Drexel may look like at age 20.
In countries around the world, people tend to get less happy up through about age 50 or so, and then rebound and get happier as they age .
These are all things that keep most restauranteurs from attempting the age old art of dry aging.
They have their MainStage, which is any age, and the Depot Studio, which also includes any age .
"Most Americans who are over the age of 35 are now significantly more likely to be obese than those who were that same age four years ago," it added.
I write about healthy aging, and dealing with aging loved ones.
Attitude About Aging Improves With Age.
The National Institute on Aging has awarded a five-year, $3 million grant to fund a new Latino Aging Research Center at UC Davis.
Experts in the field of aging services will discuss how proper nutrition can help maintain healthy aging on a limited budget.
Terrence Levon Nesmith, age 29, of Hemingway, S.C. Michael Hamilton Hatchell, age 69, of Conway, S.C.
An educated Scotch drinker may often choose a high-end, well-aged whisky as a drink of choice, but no age statement whiskys are causing debates about what makes a good drink in the Scotch industry.

In science:

Therefore one can approximately suppose that the earth age is the sum of the parent star or super-nova age before exploding and of the consequent age of the formed earth.
To the modification of methods of nuclear chronometry in astrophysics and geophysics
Currently, multiple age-dating techniques are being applied to clusters and other targets for which the age can be corroborated (e.g.
Temporal Variability of Stars and Stellar Systems
The ability to determine a kinematic age, as well as using other techniques such as computing an age based on their spectra, makes CSOs a good sample with which to study the evolution of AGN.
Identifying Compact Symmetric Objects from the VLBA Imaging and Polarization Survey
While this could in principle allow the X-ray data to be reconciled with a Salpeter IMF, for these two systems this would require the stellar light to be largely dominated by stars aged less than ∼8 Gyr, implying a very large bias on the measured age.
Hydrostatic Gas Constraints on Supermassive Black Hole Masses: Implications for Hydrostatic Equilibrium and Dynamical Modelling in a Sample of Early-Type Galaxies
For example, the average value of Age in query q1 is 42.5 (i.e., the average age of directors of Drama weighted by the number of directed movies).
Query Significance in Databases via Randomizations
Figure 4: (a) Binary relation Genre × Age obtained via boolean product between GM · MD · DA of Figure 2; (b) Contingency table of paths between Genre and Age obtained via matrix product of GM ∗ MD ∗ DA.
Query Significance in Databases via Randomizations
Suppose we want to evaluate whether the average age of the directors of drama movies, as in query q2 of Section 2, is young. A first naive approach is to consider randomizing directly the binary matrix obtained from the boolean product of all relations from Genre to Age.
Query Significance in Databases via Randomizations
In the original data of Figure 3 there are two paths from History to the age of 60 and no path to the age of 30.
Query Significance in Databases via Randomizations
History swaps the paths from the age of 60 to the age of 30 when randomizing on MD.
Query Significance in Databases via Randomizations
The table UA is just an identity matrix which maps the users to their ages, thus two different columns of the table UA may correspond to the same age.
Query Significance in Databases via Randomizations
By randomizing the ages of the users, that is, sw(AU)⋊⋉UM⋊⋉MG, the movies whose average age of watchers has originally been around 34 years are not significant.
Query Significance in Databases via Randomizations
The paper gives results for τ with general shape in the case where there is also an age variable (integration in age then allows to recover Problem (1)), but requires a compact support and regular parameters.
Eigenelements of a General Aggregation-Fragmentation Model
We test the idea that a difference in total CNO may simulate an age difference when comparing the CMD of clusters to derive relative ages.
The influence of the C+N+O abundances on the determination of the relative ages of Globular Clusters: the case of NGC 1851 and NGC 6121 (M4)
We conclude by warning that different initial C+N+O abundances between two clusters, otherwise similar in metallicity and age, may lead to differences in the turnoff morphology that can be easily attributed to an age difference.
The influence of the C+N+O abundances on the determination of the relative ages of Globular Clusters: the case of NGC 1851 and NGC 6121 (M4)
The ages of Globular Clusters (GCs), the oldest systems populating our Galaxy for which an age estimate is feasible, provide a lower limit to the age of the Universe, and therefore constitute one of the important sub jects of stellar astrophysical research.
The influence of the C+N+O abundances on the determination of the relative ages of Globular Clusters: the case of NGC 1851 and NGC 6121 (M4)