Age
Age Age ([=a]j), n. [OF. aage, eage, F. [^a]ge, 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}.] 1. The whole duration of a being, whether animal, vegetable, or other kind; lifetime. [1913 Webster]

Mine age is as nothing before thee. --Ps. xxxix. 5. [1913 Webster]

2. 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? [1913 Webster]

3. The latter part of life; an advanced period of life; seniority; state of being old. [1913 Webster]

Nor wrong mine age with this indignity. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. One of the stages of life; as, the age of infancy, of youth, etc. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. 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. --Abbott.

Note: In the United States, both males and females are of age when twenty-one years old. Some rights, such as that of voting in elections, are conferred earlier. [1913 Webster +PJC]

6. 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. --Abbott. [1913 Webster]

7. A particular period of time in history, as distinguished from others; as, the golden age, the age of Pericles. ``The spirit of the age.'' --Prescott. [1913 Webster]

Truth, in some age or other, will find her witness. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Note: Archeological ages are designated as three: The Stone age (the early and the later stone age, called paleolithic and neolithic), the Bronze age, and the Iron age. During the Age of Stone man is supposed to have employed stone for weapons and implements. [1913 Webster] See {Augustan}, {Brazen}, {Golden}, {Heroic}, {Middle}. [1913 Webster]

8. A great period in the history of the Earth. [1913 Webster]

Note: The geologic ages are as follows: 1. The Arch[ae]an, including the time when was no life and the time of the earliest and simplest forms of life. 2. The age of Invertebrates, or the Silurian, when the life on the globe consisted distinctively of invertebrates. 3. The age of Fishes, or the Devonian, when fishes were the dominant race. 4. The age of Coal Plants, or Acrogens, or the Carboniferous age. 5. The Mesozoic or Secondary age, or age of Reptiles, when reptiles prevailed in great numbers and of vast size. 6. The Tertiary age, or age of Mammals, when the mammalia, or quadrupeds, abounded, and were the dominant race. 7. The Quaternary age, or age of Man, or the modern era. --Dana. [1913 Webster]

9. A century; the period of one hundred years. [1913 Webster]

Fleury . . . apologizes for these five ages. --Hallam. [1913 Webster]

10. The people who live at a particular period; hence, a generation. ``Ages yet unborn.'' --Pope. [1913 Webster]

The way which the age follows. --J. H. Newman. [1913 Webster]

Lo! where the stage, the poor, degraded stage, Holds its warped mirror to a gaping age. --C. Sprague. [1913 Webster]

11. A long time. [Colloq.] ``He made minutes an age.'' --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

12. (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. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{Age of a tide}, the time from the origin of a tide in the South Pacific Ocean to its arrival at a given place.

{Moon's age}, the time that has elapsed since the last preceding conjunction of the sun and moon. [1913 Webster]

Note: Age is used to form the first part of many compounds; as, agelasting, age-adorning, age-worn, age-enfeebled, agelong. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Time; period; generation; date; era; epoch. [1913 Webster]


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  • âge — age [ aʒ ] n. m. • 1801; var. dial. (Poitou, Berry) de haie XIIIe, en ce sens ♦ Longue pièce horizontale à laquelle s ajustent le soc et toutes les autres pièces de la charrue. ⊗ HOM. poss. Âge. ● age nom masculin (ancien français haie, du… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • âgé — age [ aʒ ] n. m. • 1801; var. dial. (Poitou, Berry) de haie XIIIe, en ce sens ♦ Longue pièce horizontale à laquelle s ajustent le soc et toutes les autres pièces de la charrue. ⊗ HOM. poss. Âge. ● age nom masculin (ancien français haie, du… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • âge — ÂGE. s. m. La durée ordinaire de la vie. L âge de l homme ne passe pas communément quatre vingts ans. L âge des chevaux n est guère que de trente ans. ⁧e d homme, signifie, L âge viril. Quand cet enfant sera parvenu à l âge d homme. Il signifie… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

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  • age — n: the time of life at which some particular qualification, power, or capacity arises the voting age is 18 see also legal age, majority Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

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