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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj old just preceding something else in time or order "the previous owner","my old house was larger"
    • adj Old of a very early stage in development "Old English is also called Anglo Saxon","Old High German is High German from the middle of the 9th to the end of the 11th century"
    • adj old skilled through long experience "an old offender","the older soldiers"
    • adj old (used for emphasis) very familiar "good old boy","same old story"
    • adj old (used informally especially for emphasis) "a real honest-to-god live cowboy","had us a high old time","went upriver to look at a sure-enough fish wheel"
    • adj old of long duration; not new "old tradition","old house","old wine","old country","old friendships","old money"
    • adj old (used especially of persons) having lived for a relatively long time or attained a specific age "his mother is very old","a ripe old age","how old are you?"
    • adj old belonging to some prior time "erstwhile friend","our former glory","the once capital of the state","her quondam lover"
    • n old past times (especially in the phrase `in days of old')
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Crowhurst Church and the old Yew Crowhurst Church and the old Yew
A sixteen year old volunteer A sixteen year old volunteer
Reproach. Old Roman Reproach. Old Roman
Old Bishop's Palace Old Bishop's Palace
There was an old woman There was an old woman

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The youngest pope was 11 years old
    • Old Aged; antiquated; hence, wanting in the mental vigor or other qualities belonging to youth; -- used disparagingly as a term of reproach.
    • Old Continued in life; advanced in the course of existence; having (a certain) length of existence; -- designating the age of a person or thing; as, an infant a few hours old; a cathedral centuries old. "And Pharaoh said unto Jacob, How old art thou?"
    • Old Formerly existing; ancient; not modern; preceding; original; as, an old law; an old custom; an old promise. "The old schools of Greece.""The character of the old Ligurians."
    • Old Long cultivated; as, an old farm; old land, as opposed to new land, that is, to land lately cleared.
    • Old Long practiced; hence, skilled; experienced; cunning; as, an old offender; old in vice. "Vane, young in years, but in sage counsel old ."
    • Old More than enough; abundant. "If a man were porter of hell gate, he should have old turning the key."
    • Old Not new or fresh; not recently made or produced; having existed for a long time; as, old wine; an old friendship. "An old acquaintance."
    • Old Not young; advanced far in years or life; having lived till toward the end of the ordinary term of living; as, an old man; an old age; an old horse; an old tree. "Let not old age disgrace my high desire.""The melancholy news that we grow old ."
    • Old Old-fashioned; wonted; customary; as of old; as, the good old times; hence, colloquially, gay; jolly.
    • n Old ōld Open country.
    • Old Used colloquially as a term of cordiality and familiarity. "Go thy ways, old lad."
    • Old Worn out; weakened or exhausted by use; past usefulness; as, old shoes; old clothes.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Another word to refer to old age is senectitude
    • old Having lived or existed a long time; full of years; far advanced in years or life: applied to human beings, lower animals, and plants: as, an old man; an old horse; an old tree.
    • old Of (a specified) age; noting the length of time or number of years that one has lived, or during which a thing or particular state of things has existed or continued; of the age of; aged: as, a child three months old; a house a century old.
    • old Of or pertaining to the latter part of life; peculiar to or characteristic of those who are, or that which is, well advanced in years.
    • old Having the judgment or good sense of a person who has lived long and has gained experience; thoughtful; sober; sensible; wise: as, an old head on young shoulders.
    • old Of long standing or continuance. Begun long ago and still continued; of long continuance or prolonged existence; well-established: as, old customs; an old friendship.
    • old Experienced; habituated: as, an old offender; old in vice or crime.
    • old Of (some specified) standing as regards continuance or lapse of time.
    • old Not new, fresh, or recent; having been long made; having existed long: as, an old house; an old cabinet.
    • old Hence — That has long existed or been in use, and is near, or has passed, the limit of its usefulness; enfeebled or deteriorated by age; worn out: as, old clothes.
    • old Well-worn; effete; worthless; trite; stale: expressing valuelessness, disrespect, or contempt: as, an old joke; sold for an old song.
    • old Dating or reaching back to antiquity or to former ages; subsisting or known for a long time; long known to history.
    • old Ancient; antique; not modern; former: as, the old inhabitants of Britain; the old Romans.
    • old Early; pertaining to or characteristic of the earlier or earliest of two or more periods of time or stages of development: as, Old English; the Old Red Sandstone.
    • old Former; past; passed away; disused; contrasted with or replaced by something new as a substitute; subsisting before something else: as, he built a new house on the site of the old one; the old régime; a gentleman of the old school; he is at his old tricks again.
    • old Long known; familiar; hence, an epithet of affection or cordiality: as, an old friend; dear old fellow; old boy.
    • old Old-fashioned; of a former time; hence, antiquated: as, an old fogy.
    • old Great; high: an intensive now used only when preceded by another adjective also of intensive force: as, a fine old row; a high old time.
    • old The mass of land comprising Europe, Asia, and Africa, in contradistinction to the new continent, consisting of North and South America.
    • old The form of black letter used by English printers of the sixteenth century.
    • old In mining, ancient workings: a term used in Cornwall.
    • old A full-grown male kangaroo.
    • old A man having habits or opinions considered peculiar to old women.
    • old An apparatus for curing smoky chimneys; a chimney-cap or cowl.
    • old See oldwife.
    • old In physical geography, far advanced in the geographical cycle: noting a stage in which land-forms have been reduced to small relief and in which all processes of erosion and transportation have become relatively inactive.
    • old A pivoted attachment of a pump-rod to a bell-crank.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Popeye is 34 years old, weighs 158 lbs, and is 5 feet 6 inches tall
    • adj Old ōld advanced in years: having been long in existence: worn out: out of date, old-fashioned: ancient, former, antique, early:
    • adj Old old, ancient
    • n Old one of this body
    • n Old the Eastern Hemisphere
    • adj Old ōld (coll.) great, high: having the age or duration of: long practised: sober, wise
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  • Muhammad Ali
    “Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are.”
  • Robert Browning
    “Grow old with me the best is yet to come.”
  • Andre B. Buruch
    Andre B. Buruch
    “To me -- old age is always ten years older than I am.”
  • Charles De Gaulle
    “Old age is a shipwreck.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “Few people know how to be old.”
  • Leigh Hunt
    “It is books that teach us to refine our pleasures when young, and to recall them with satisfaction when we are old.”


An old flame - An old flame is a person that somebody has had an emotional, usually passionate, relationship with, who is still looked on fondly and with affection.
Chip off the old block - If someone is a chip off the old block, they closely resemble one or both of the parents in character.
Money for old rope - (UK) If something's money for old rope, it's a very easy way of making money.
Old chestnut - An old chestnut is something that has been repeated so many times that it has lost its impact.
Old flames die hard - It's very difficult to forget old things, especially the first love.
Old friends and old wine are best - This idiom means that the things and people that we know well are better than the unfamiliar.
Old hat - If something's old hat, it seems rather old fashioned and dated.
Old wive's tale - A proverb or piece of advice that is commonly accepted as truth and is handed down the generations, but is normally false.
Open old sores - When a sore is almost healed, and if a person rips or tears it open, it is way of preventing the healing process and further aggravating the pain. This phrase, metaphorically suggests, to revive or reopen a quarrel or enmity which was almost forgotten.
Open old wounds - If you open old wounds, you revive a quarrel or problem that caused a lot of trouble in the past.
Rake over old coals - (UK) If you go back to old problems and try to bring them back, making trouble for someone, you are raking over old coals.
Same old, same old - When nothing changes, it's the same old, same old.
Tough as old boots - Something or someone that is as tough as old boots is strong and resilient.
You can't teach an old dog new tricks - It is difficult to make someone change the way they do something when they have been doing it the same way for a long time


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. old, ald, AS. ald, eald,; akin to D. oud, OS. ald, OFries. ald, old, G. alt, Goth. alpeis, and also to Goth. alan, to grow up, Icel. ala, to bear, produce, bring up, L. alere, to nourish. Cf. Adult Alderman Aliment Auld Elder
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. eald; Dut. oud; Ger. alt.


In literature:

At twelve o'clock the Marquis was seated in the old farmer's arm-chair, in the old farmer's parlour.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
He is a regular old Betty.
"When Life Was Young" by C. A. Stephens
Nuremberg is a wonderful old city, and looks as if it were cut out of an old picture-book.
"What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
Each was thinking over old scenes in old campaigns.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
Finally, in his old age, the old gentleman did come forward and be confirmed.
"A Portrait of Old George Town" by Grace Dunlop Ecker
White Hall has the graces of old books, old ladies, old lace.
"Highways and Byways in Surrey" by Eric Parker
I never know'd but one old nigger dat come from Virginia, old Ellen Abner.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
The long-expected aunt from the Old Country sailed a short time before baby Jamie's birth.
"'Lizbeth of the Dale" by Marian Keith
The old part is a dear little old place, and the new part is beastly.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
Before he died he gave the horse to Old Man Curry.
"Old Man Curry" by Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
At last, one day, she heard of an old, old woman, nobody knew how old, who had lived for hundreds of years in a dark cave, not many miles away.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
Growing on old wood, Sporangium about 1 mm.
"The Myxomycetes of the Miami Valley, Ohio" by A. P. Morgan
Here were the old stores, the old signs, apparently the same fly-specked wares in the windows.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
The Marquis would be soon gone, and then Lord George would return to his old habits of thought and his old allegiance.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
What do I care for Lady Carset, a cross old thing, and old as the hills!
"The Old Countess; or, The Two Proposals" by Ann S. Stephens
There he met an old man with yellow eyebrows and asked him how old he might be.
"The Chinese Fairy Book" by Various
She would go her way with her old smile, her old outward bearing.
"At the Crossroads" by Harriet T. Comstock
I have a ranch near Rosewater, some property and an old house in San Francisco.
"Ancestors" by Gertrude Atherton
In truth, the old man did this purposely, having noticed the change in his old antagonist.
"Anne" by Constance Fenimore Woolson
People live to be old, ever so old, up here.
"Edelweiss" by Berthold Auerbach

In poetry:

I am not old -- I cannot be old,
Though threescore years and ten
Have wasted away, like a tale that is told,
The lives of other men:
"The Song Of Seventy" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
A dream, a dream,-- it is all a dream!
A strange, sad dream, good sooth;
For old as I am, and old as I seem,
My heart is full of youth:
"The Song Of Seventy" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Old wood has blossoms of this sort.
Though sound at core, she is old wood.
If freemen hate her, one retort
She has; but one!--'You are my blood.'
"Lines To A Friend Visiting America" by George Meredith
And no one has stopped to read God's word
On the fiery heavens scrolled
Save an old man dreaming of boyhood's days,
And a boy who would fain be old.
"Sunset In The City" by Charles Hamilton Musgrove
He might not lead the battle as of old,
But, as of old, among his own he went,
Breathing a faith that never once grew cold,
A courage still unspent.
"To The Memory Of Field-Marshall Earl Roberts" by Sir Owen Seaman
“Oh, she is withered and old," they cried,
“And her hair is pale as snow.
'Twere better you took the fair young girl,
And let the sad old love go."
"The Woman Who Went To Hell [An Irish Legend]" by Dora Sigerson Shorter

In news:

Eight-year-old Dalijah Scott and her 9-year-old sister Dayja were killed when their house started on fire last Thursday.
21 year old Patrick Lance Pippin is charged with arson 21 year old Daniel Lee Blankenship and 23 year old Anthony Michael Wait are charged with principal to arson.
An 11-year-old girl charged with juvenile manslaughter in the July death of a 3-month-old baby entered a "no answer" plea Monday.
Like an old photograph, a 100-million-year-old fossil has captured something extraordinary from time: A battle involving a spider attacking its prey.
47 year old Timothy Lee Smith and 48 year old Melinda Joiner sold advertising on pizza boxes through a company they called Melinda Joiner Publications.
Think peas and carrots are same-old same-old.
Earlier this month, the Justice Department arrested 26-year-old Boca Raton resident John Michael Romero Mendoza for allegedly using the iPhone app BoyAhoy to arrange a sexual tryst with a 15-year-old boy.
Honey and lime transform your 'same-old, same-old' fruit cup into something spectacular.
Emergency responders in the 2000 block of Old Lancaster Pike in Spring Township, where an 86-year-old man was found dead and his wife unconscious on Wednesday.
A Jersey City felon has been charged with snatching a necklace from a 3-year-old girl who was in the arms of her 71-year-old grandmother, officials said.
They are old books, indeed, including a very old copy of 'Swiss Family Robinson'.
A 39-year-old Grand Island man convicted of two counts of misdemeanor child abuse for hitting his 9-week-old daughter has been sentenced to two years of probation for each count.
Hosted by Speedy from the Rick & Bubba show -Prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in three different age categories (0-4 year olds, 5-8 year olds, 9-12 year olds).
My 24-year-old daughter and 21-year-old son work as banquet servers at a local country club.
A 38-year-old Whites Creek Road man said he is being harassed by the mother of his child and her 38-year-old husband, who, according to the victim, claimed to be a deputy in a phone call.

In science:

In this appendix, we show how the weighting function in the old modified WOS method can be interpreted as the survival probability distribution function.
An Efficient Modified "Walk On Spheres" Algorithm for the Linearized Poisson-Boltzmann Equation
For simplicity, consider the LPBE in the old modified WOS method .
An Efficient Modified "Walk On Spheres" Algorithm for the Linearized Poisson-Boltzmann Equation
Conformal field theory in two dimensions (CFT) is an old sub ject.
Conformal field theory, boundary conditions and applications to string theory
For this problem, we will being by summarizing old results on the two-point functions.
Breakdown of Conformal Invariance at Strongly Random Critical Points
It is an old idea that quantum gravity may have an essentially topological phase with no metric.
Bosonic M Theory
The values are normalized to an old, metal-poor population (filled triangle).
The Formation of Star Clusters
Nmin (≪ Nmax ) is a new parameter which is zero in the old model .
Social Effects in Simple Computer Model of Ageing
Tilings is an age-old topic for specialists and amateurs alike.
An algorithm to generate exactly once every tiling with lozenges of a domain
General Relativity is the limiting gravity theory, for an “old ” Universe.
Static Generalized Brans-Dicke Universe and Gravitational Waves Amplification
It is based on the range in emulsion, for which the parameterization is obtained by an old experiment .
MC generators in CHORUS
Under this assumption, we can identify the induced coproducts by ω with the old ones and the curvature ω embeds the Markov L-coalgebra C into a L-bialgebra with ω as a (non associative) product.
Coassociativity breaking and oriented graphs
In summary, the effect of FSI of the nucleons is much more important than in the old results.
Erratum: Neutron and proton spectra from the decay of $\Lambda$ hypernuclei [Phys. Rev. C55, 735 (1997)]
The aim of the present paper is to show that the core results of these old investigations only depend on the existence of a sincere stable separating tubular family, and not at all on the representation type of the algebra.
Infinite dimensional representations of canonical algebras
There the general behavior is such that for small amplitudes δ of the local perturbation the overlap between the new and the old GS remains considerable, and the difference is a smooth function of δ .
Low Temperature Properties of the Random Field Potts Chain
Let us start the discussion of foundations of string theory from an old observation that the theory of onedimensional extended ob jects naturally contains vector fields and gravitons.
String Theory or Field Theory?