adage

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n adage a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Adage An old saying, which has obtained credit by long use; a proverb. "Letting “I dare not” wait upon “I would,”
      Like the poor cat i' the adage ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n adage A pithy saying in current use; a brief familiar proverb; an expression of popular wisdom, generally figurative, in a single phrase or sentence, and of remote origin.
    • n adage Synonyms Aphorism, Axiom, Maxim, etc. See aphorism.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Adage ad′āj an old saying: a proverb.
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Quotations

  • Harold W. Dodds
    Harold W. Dodds
    “It's an old adage that the way to be safe is never to be secure. Each one of us requires the spur of insecurity to force us to do our best.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. adage, fr. L. adagium,; ad, + the root of L. aio, I say
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—L. adagium, from ad, to, and root of aio, I say.

Usage

In literature:

It is a wise adage that money is the sinews of war.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
You know the old adage, 'It's well to be off with an old love, before you are on with a new.
"Mabel's Mistake" by Ann S. Stephens
According to the old adage, fruit is gold in the morning, silver at noon, and lead at night.
"Vegetable Diet: As Sanctioned by Medical Men, and by Experience in All Ages" by William Andrus Alcott
Practice makes perfect is a familiar adage.
"A Critique of the Theory of Evolution" by Thomas Hunt Morgan
There is an old adage that a slave makes the worst tyrant.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 2, No. 12, May, 1851." by Various
The old adage says that knowledge is power.
"In the School-Room" by John S. Hart
The home-spun adages, and the rusty "sayed-saws," which remain in the mouths of the people, are adapted to their capacities and their humours.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
There's an old adage about thieves quarrelling, and we three should do best by not falling out with one another.
"The Recipe for Diamonds" by Charles John Cutcliffe Wright Hyne
If the Yankee were quick at work, he fulfilled the other sequent of the adage likewise.
"Cedar Creek" by Elizabeth Hely Walshe
The old adage tells us that misfortunes never come singly.
"Hero Stories from American History" by Albert F. Blaisdell
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In poetry:

Before the Dawn's Encroachment I awoke
And heard again the bodeful Adage spoke:
Society Engagements are like Eggs -
You know not what's Inside them till they're Broke.
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin
The old adage says, "What you find, you may keep it,"
And as most of these old sayings are very true,
I straight broke the seal, and then, having read it,
The contents of this letter I tell unto you.
"Paddy's Letter, 1857" by Anonymous Oceania
Honey, I'll be fine," is it a wonder
If my mind speeds down blind alleys?
If the adage "Love is blind" has never seemed
So true? If, in a flash of blinding light
I see Justice drop her scales, yank off
"Blind" by Charles H Webb

In news:

The Maryland Playback Ensemble brings life to this adage, having given faces and voices to individuals' personal stories at each of its performances since its inception in 2006.
Well, I just met a woodworker who's taking that adage to a whole new level, and it's not because of the down economy.
An adage says an idle mind is the devil's playground.
It's one of those funky networking adages that needy employees use to get ahead in their companies.
The experience I have had with Sugar Mamas' proves the adage that there is a righteous relationship between an urban man and his breakfast place.
We'll have to discard the adage "everyone talks about the weather, but no one does anything about it".
It's an old adage, perhaps overused, but fitting just the same: Put something away for a rainy day.
When corn is cheap, the old adage is you have to "walk it to market," meaning add value to corn by feeding it to livestock, says Purdue University Extension economist Chris Hurt.
NEW YORK – Rainbow Media's AMC network is entering a new phase of testing for its Audience Identity Metric (AIM) tool, which pairs marketers with targeted audiences, reports AdAge.com.
Mark Whitlock illustrates the truth of that adage.
"Even a dead cat will bounce if it's dropped from a high enough altitude," says an old Wall Street adage.
One of my pet peeves is the adage that public agencies should perform more like private businesses.
Unlike the old adage, when one shops for a used car and picks a lemon, the beleagured owner just can't solve the problem by making lemonade.
There is an old adage that says work isn't really work if you enjoy what you're doing.
The old adage use it or lose it still applies today.
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In science:

The effect is sometimes called the “watched pot” effect: according to the old adage “A watched pot never boils”; just looking at it keeps it from changing.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
For example, consider the adage, well known to sailors, ”The two happiest days in the life of a boat owner are the day they buy their boat and the day they sell it.” Imagine coding this in a utility function.
Time and symmetry in models of economic markets
Crucially, p-value based procedures also do not exploit the power characteristics of the individual tests, contrary to Neyman and Pearson’s adage that such considerations are germane in constructing optimal tests.
Power-enhanced multiple decision functions controlling family-wise error and false discovery rates
Wall Street has several adages about trading volumes, for instance: “It takes volumes to make prices move” (cited in Schneller 1978) or “Transaction volume [i.e . the number of shares traded] tends to be high in bull markets and low in bear markets ” (cited in Karpof f 1987, p.112).
"Thermometers" of Speculative Frenzy
Of course, there is the old adage, "Do not put constants in a formula," since data in a formula hides information rather than exposes it, as in Table 2.
New Guidelines For Spreadsheets
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