ancient

Definitions

  • Plan of a Part Of the Ancient Town Of Kahun
    Plan of a Part Of the Ancient Town Of Kahun
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj ancient very old "an ancient mariner"
    • adj ancient belonging to times long past especially of the historical period before the fall of the Western Roman Empire "ancient history","ancient civilizations such as those of the Etruscans and Sumerians","ancient Greece"
    • n ancient a person who lived in ancient times
    • n ancient a very old person
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Additional illustrations & photos:

the Site of The Ancient Heracleopolis the Site of The Ancient Heracleopolis
ANCIENT BATH-ROOM ANCIENT BATH-ROOM
ANCIENT LAMPS ANCIENT LAMPS
ANCIENT GLASS VESSELS ANCIENT GLASS VESSELS
ANCIENT EGYPTIAN POTTERY ANCIENT EGYPTIAN POTTERY
ANCIENT SCULPTURING ON TANTALOS ANCIENT SCULPTURING ON TANTALOS
ANCIENT SACRIFICE ANCIENT SACRIFICE
ANCIENT AUTHORS ANCIENT AUTHORS

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It was believed by Ancient Hindus that the world was a sphere and rested on the back of four elephants, which stood on a turtle
    • Ancient A senior; an elder; a predecessor. "Junius and Andronicus . . . in Christianity . . . were his ancients ."
    • Ancient An aged man; a patriarch. Hence: A governor; a ruler; a person of influence. "The Lord will enter into judgment with the ancients of his people, and the princes thereof."
    • Ancient An ensign or flag. "More dishonorable ragged than an old-faced ancient ."
    • Ancient Dignified, like an aged man; magisterial; venerable. "He wrought but some few hours of the day, and then would he seem very grave and ancient ."
    • Ancient Experienced; versed. "Though [he] was the youngest brother, yet he was the most ancient in the business of the realm."
    • Ancient Former; sometime. "They mourned their ancient leader lost.""Thy sometimes brother's wife."
    • Ancient Known for a long time, or from early times; -- opposed to recent or new; as, the ancient continent. "A friend, perhaps, or an ancient acquaintance."
    • Ancient Old; that happened or existed in former times, usually at a great distance of time; belonging to times long past; specifically applied to the times before the fall of the Roman empire; -- opposed to modern; as, ancient authors, literature, history; ancient days. "Witness those ancient empires of the earth.""Gildas Albanius . . . much ancienter than his namesake surnamed the Wise."
    • Ancient Old; that has been of long duration; of long standing; of great age; as, an ancient forest; an ancient castle. "Our ancient bickerings.""Remove not the ancient landmarks, which thy fathers have set.""An ancient man, strangely habited, asked for quarters."
    • Ancient (Eng. Law) One of the senior members of the Inns of Court or of Chancery.
    • Ancient The bearer of a flag; an ensign. "This is Othello's ancient , as I take it."
    • Ancient Those who lived in former ages, as opposed to the moderns.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the marriage ceremony of the Ancient Inca Indians of Peru, the couple was considered officially wed when they took off their sandals and handed them to each other
    • ancient Existent or occurring in time long past, usually in remote ages; belonging to or associated with antiquity; old, as opposed to modern: as, ancient authors; ancient records. As specifically applied to history, ancient usually refers to times and events prior to the downfall of the Western Roman Empire, a. d. 476, and is opposed to medieval, which is applied to the period from about the fifth century to the end of the fifteenth, when modern history begins, and to modern, which is sometimes used of the whole period since the fifth century. In other uses it commonly has no exact reference to time.
    • ancient Having lasted from a remote period; having been of long duration; of great age; very old: as, an ancient city; an ancient forest: generally, but not always, applied to things.
    • ancient Specifically, in law, of more than 20 or 30 years' duration: said of anything whose continued existence for such a period is taken into consideration in aid of defective proof by reason of lapse of memory, or absence of witnesses, or loss of documentary evidence: as, an ancient boundary.
    • ancient Past; former.
    • ancient In heraldry, formerly worn; now out of date or obsolete: thus, France ancient is azure semée with fleurs-de-lys or, while France modern is azure, 3 fleurs-de-lys, or 2 and 1.
    • ancient Ancient and old are generally applied only to things subject to change.
    • ancient Old may apply to things which have long existed and still exist, while ancient may apply to things of equal age which have ceased to exist: as, old laws, ancient republics.
    • ancient Ancient properly refers to a higher degree of age than old: as, old times, ancient times; old institutions, ancient institutions. An old-looking man is one who seems advanced in years, while an ancient-looking man is one who seems to have survived from a past age.
    • ancient Antique is applied either to a thing which has come down from antiquity or to that which is made in imitation of ancient style: thus, ancient binding is binding done by the ancients, while antique binding is an imitation of the ancient style.
    • ancient Antiquated, like antique, may apply to a style or fashion, but it properly means too old; it is a disparaging word applied to ideas, laws, customs, dress, etc., which are out of date or outgrown: as, antiquated laws should he repealed; his head was full of antiquated notions.
    • ancient Old-fashioned is a milder word, noting that which has gone out of fashion, but may still be thought of as pleasing.
    • ancient Quaint is old-fashioned with a pleasing oddity: as, a quaint garb, a quaint manner of speech, a quaint face.
    • ancient Obsolete is applied to that which has gone completely out of use: as, an obsolete word, idea, law.
    • ancient Obsolescent is applied to that which is in process of becoming obsolete.
    • ancient Ancient and antique are opposed to modern; old to new, young, or fresh; antiquated to permanent or established; old-fashioned to new-fashioned; obsolete to current or present. Aged, Elderly, Old, etc. See aged.
    • n ancient One who lived in former ages; a person belonging to an early period of the world's history: generally used in the plural.
    • n ancient A very old man; hence, an elder or person of influence; a governor or ruler, political or ecclesiastical.
    • n ancient A senior.
    • n ancient In the Inns of Court and Chancery in London, one who has a certain standing or seniority: thus, in Gray's Inn, the society consists of benchers, ancients, barristers, and students under the bar, the ancients being the oldest barristers.
    • n ancient Ancient of days, the Supreme Being, in reference to his existence from eternity.
    • n ancient A flag, banner, or standard; an ensign; especially, the flag or streamer of a ship.
    • n ancient The bearer of a flag; a standard-bearer; an ensign.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ancient Egyptians kissed with their noses instead of with their lips
    • adj Ancient ān′shent old: belonging to former times, specifically, of times prior to the downfall of the western Roman empire (476 A.D.): of great age or duration: of past times in a general sense: venerable: antique, old-fashioned
    • n Ancient an aged man, a patriarch: a superior in age or dignity
    • n Ancient ān′shent (obs.) a flag or its bearer: an ensign.
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Quotations

  • Sir William Blackstone
    Sir William Blackstone
    “The Royal Navy of England hath ever been its greatest defense and ornament; it is its ancient and natural strength; the floating bulwark of the island.”
  • Sir William
    Sir William
    “No other man-made device since the shields and lances of the ancient knights fulfills a man's ego like an automobile.”
  • St. Augustine
    St.%20Augustine
    “I have learnt to love you late, Beauty at once so ancient and so new!”
  • Thomas Hobbes
    Thomas%20Hobbes
    “The praise of ancient authors proceeds not from the reverence of the dead, but from the competition and mutual envy of the living.”
  • Samuel M. Shoemaker
    Samuel M. Shoemaker
    “Is your Christianity ancient history--or current events?”
  • Italo Calvino
    Italo%20Calvino
    “The unconscious is the ocean of the unsayable, of what has been expelled from the land of language, removed as a result of ancient prohibitions.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. auncien, F. ancien, LL. antianus, fr. L. ante, before. See Ante- pref,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Corr. of Fr. enseigne. See Ensign.

Usage

In literature:

Like the ancient city, it spreads out over two terraces, one about 100 ft. above the other.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 4" by Various
Horace does not draw a more agreeable picture of ancient city manners.
"Roman Women" by Alfred Brittain
As the poetic story of Ruth proceeds, it records several interesting ancient marriage customs among the people of Israel.
"Oriental Women" by Edward Bagby Pollard
The appellate jurisdiction of the Lords rests on their claim to be the representatives of the ancient great council of the realm.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 6" by Various
Their ancient pride, their ancient virtue fled, Low to the Turk now bend the servile head.
"The Lusiad" by Luís de Camões
The ancient granite ridge of the Laurentian Hills is now low, and slopes gently.
"Earth and Sky Every Child Should Know" by Julia Ellen Rogers
What were some of the streets like in ancient Palestine?
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
In his time the famous Taliesin lived, whose birth and education is thus related in our ancient manuscripts.
"Some Specimens of the Poetry of the Ancient Welsh Bards" by Evan Evans
It is bounded W. by a point near the ancient Canopic mouth, eastward by the Rosetta mouth.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 1" by Various
The army of Trak was near Madain, the ancient Ctesiphon.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 1" by Various
The ancient Saxons, who were notorious as pirates on the North Sea, made use of boats similar to those of the ancient Britons.
"Ancient and Modern Ships." by George C. V. Holmes
The ramon tree was growing out of the mouth of a cave, which the Indians said was an ancient well.
"Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, Vol. II." by John L. Stephens
ANCIENT AND MODERN CAUSES OF CHANGE.
"Principles of Geology" by Charles Lyell
However, the Jews have the advantage of being an ancient nation with an ancient faith.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 5" by Various
Socrates was anxious to be pious, and to respect the most ancient traditions of the gods.
"Custom and Myth" by Andrew Lang
Who that has gone down its broad winding course can forget the charms of its ancient towns?
"Glories of Spain" by Charles W. Wood
The struggle between Antaeus and Heracles is a favourite subject in ancient sculpture.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2" by Various
Such ancient mention of Malta as does exist is crowded with fable, like the early history of Greece and Rome.
"The Story of Malta" by Maturin M. Ballou
ALCAN'TARA (Ar., 'the bridge'), an ancient town and frontier fortress of Spain, on the Tagus, on a rocky acclivity, and enclosed by ancient walls.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 1" by Various
There is no epoch in those ancient times which has not produced a multitude of different opinions.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
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In poetry:

Lo, with the ancient
Roots of man's nature,
Twines the eternal
Passion of song.
"England My Mother" by William Watson
O! ancient crimson curse!
Corrode, consume.
Give back this universe
Its pristine bloom.
"On Receiving News of the War" by Isaac Rosenberg
Urania, an ancient Shepherdess.
Her daughters:--
Sylvia,
Eliza,
Florella, a young shepherdess.
"The Search After Happiness. A Pastoral Drama" by Hannah More
Alone!—but in her heart
Echoes of others' myrth;
Close, close, yet far apart,
O ancient earth!
"Manhattan" by Charles Hanson Towne
Grey forsaken kraals
Of the ancient races,
Where the past's shadow falls
On their vacant places . . .
"The Casuarina Tree (Southern Rhodesia)" by Cicely Fox Smith
The ancient Barbarossa,
Friedrich, the Kaiser great,
Within the castle-cavern
Sits in enchanted state.
"Barbarossa" by Friedrich Ruckert

In news:

Ancient software used throughout the agency has become a major Achilles' heel, preventing the MTA from getting basic tasks done, transit advocates say.
The True Story of Obesession, Faith, and the International Pursuit of an Ancient Bible By Matti Friedman Algonquin Books 320 pp.
A True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the Pursuit of an Ancient Book.
Most ancient coin specialists would agree that many of the world's most fascinating coins were struck in Roman Egypt.
Hot (red) and cold (blue) spots in the microwave sky might record an ancient collision.
But it is now clear that the epidemic's birth and crucial early growth happened during Africa's colonial era, amid massive intrusion of new people and technology into a land where ancient ways still prevailed.
The ancient Colosseum in Rome is leaning and may need repairs.
First the Pisa, now the ancient Colosseum of Rome is leaning to one side.
Plans to restore ancient Roman Colosseum meet with anger from Italian Restorers Association.
Ancient structures may generate awe and provide information about the people who built them, but they leave many questions unanswered: How were they constructed.
The team of experts in each program attempts to re-create a model of a time-worn structure using as much of the knowledge, resources, and tools available to their ancient counterparts as possible.
This therapeutic and beautifying "water therapy" dates back to ancient Egypt, and it is experiencing a resurgence in the wellness and beauty sectors.
Brooklyn-Based Authors Compile New Take on Ancient Passover Text.
Reflexology has its roots in every ancient culture.
Matt Terl, author of the official Redskins blog, recently forwarded me a piece of ancient history: the Redskins' 1991 media guide.
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In science:

So in the following, we let (M , g (t)) be a complete non-flat ancient solution to K¨ahler-Ricci flow.
Ancient solution to Kahler-Ricci flow
This can be extended to an ancient solution (M∞ , g∞(τ )).
Ancient solution to Kahler-Ricci flow
Assume that (M , g (t)) is an ancient solution (non-flat) defined on M × (∞, 0].
Ancient solution to Kahler-Ricci flow
Following [P1], we can derive the compactness result on ancient solutions to K¨ahler-Ricci flow out of Theorem 2.
Ancient solution to Kahler-Ricci flow
If confirmed, one has Theorem 2.1 for all κ non-collapsed ancient solutions with non-negative bisectional curvature.
Ancient solution to Kahler-Ricci flow
Rt |(x, t) ≤ CR2 (x, t). |∇R|(x, t) ≤ CR Note that Theorem 2 also holds for ancient solutions with nonnegative bisectional curvature and differential Harnack (2.1).
Ancient solution to Kahler-Ricci flow
Indirect GUT MM searches used ancient mica, which has a high threshold.
Magnetic Monopole Searches
Democritos of Greece who called this the ‘atom’, or ancient Indian philosophers who spoke of anu in a similar spirit.
Fundamental particles and their interactions
The only way to avoid this problem would be to use ancient lead to grow the crystal.
Scintillating double beta decay bolometers
We thus suggest a new scenario that most of the second generation of stars (i.e., the bMS) in ω Cen could be formed from gas ejected from field stellar populations that surrounded ω Cen when it was a nucleus of an ancient dwarf galaxy.
The origin of the double main sequence in Omega Centauri: Helium enrichment due to gas fueling from its ancient host galaxy ?
In this scenario, the ancient host dE,N of ω Cen has been completely destroyed by the Galactic tidal field so that only its nucleus (i.e., ω Cen) is now observed (e.g., Bekki & Freeman 2003).
The origin of the double main sequence in Omega Centauri: Helium enrichment due to gas fueling from its ancient host galaxy ?
Fermat’s last theorem: unlocking the secret of an ancient mathematical problem.
A library of Taylor models for PVS automatic proof checker
The above discussions of Miller's analysis and data are simply applications of now-standard techniques to his rather ancient data.
An Explanation of Dayton Miller's Anomalous "Ether Drift" Result
So the limit is a nonflat ancient κ-solution on Rn+1 .
The Existence of Type II Singularities for the Ricci Flow on $S^{n+1}$
By the same argument as in the case 1, we can first take a rescaling limit around the pole P at the maximal time T to get an ancient κ-solution and then take a backward limit around the pole P again to get a nonflat gradient shrinking soliton.
The Existence of Type II Singularities for the Ricci Flow on $S^{n+1}$
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