antiquity

Definitions

  • Antique soldier
    Antique soldier
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n antiquity an artifact surviving from the past
    • n antiquity extreme oldness
    • n antiquity the historic period preceding the Middle Ages in Europe
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The largest antique ever sold is the London Bridge. It was sold and moved Lake Havasu City, AZ in 1971.
    • Antiquity A relic or monument of ancient times; as, a coin, a statue, etc.; an ancient institution. In this sense, usually in the plural "Heathen antiquities ."
    • Antiquity An old gentleman. "You are a shrewd antiquity , neighbor Clench."
    • Antiquity Ancient times; former ages; times long since past; as, Cicero was an eloquent orator of antiquity .
    • Antiquity Old age. "It not your voice broken? . . . and every part about you blasted with antiquity ?""Senectitude , weary of its toils."
    • Antiquity The ancients; the people of ancient times. "That such pillars were raised by Seth all antiquity has vowed."
    • Antiquity The quality of being ancient; ancientness; great age; as, a statue of remarkable antiquity; a family of great antiquity.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: High-wire acts have been enjoyed since the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Antique medals have been excavated from Greek islands depicting men ascending inclined cords and walking across ropes stretched between cliffs. The Greeks called these high-wire performers neurobates or oribates. In the Roman city of Herculaneum there is a fresco representing an aerialist high on a rope, dancing and playing a flute. Sometimes Roman tightrope walkers stretched cables between the tops of two neighboring hills and performed comic dances and pantomimes while crossing.
    • n antiquity The quality of being ancient; ancientness; great age: as, a family of great antiquity.
    • n antiquity Ancient times; former ages; times long since past: as, Demosthenes was the most eloquent orator of antiquity.
    • n antiquity The ancients collectively; the people of ancient times.
    • n antiquity An old person.
    • n antiquity That which is ancient, or belongs to old or ancient times; something left by or peculiar to the ancients: generally in the plural: as, Greek or Egyptian antiquities.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: No automobile made after 1924 should be designated as antique.
    • n Antiquity an-tik′wi-ti ancient times, esp. the times of the ancient Greeks and Romans: great age: :
    • n Antiquity an-tik′wi-ti (Shak.) old age, seniority: ancient style: the people of old time
    • n Antiquity an-tik′wi-ti (pl.) manners, customs, relics of ancient times
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Quotations

  • Thomas Fuller
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    “A little skill in antiquity inclines a man to Popery.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “The eyes indicate the antiquity of the soul.”
  • William Hazlitt
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    “Fame is the inheritance not of the dead, but of the living. It is we who look back with lofty pride to the great names of antiquity.”
  • Plutarch
    Plutarch
    “To be ignorant of the lives of the most celebrated men of antiquity is to continue in a state of childhood all our days.”
  • A. C. Swinburne
    A. C. Swinburne
    “We shift and bedeck and bedrape us, thou art noble and nude and antique.”
  • Francis Bacon
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    “Antiquities are history defaced, or some remnants of history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. antiquitas, fr. antiquus,: cf. F. antiquité,. See Antique
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—L. antiquitat-emantiquus, ancient.

Usage

In literature:

Finally, it has become a national museum of antiquities.
"Seeing Europe with Famous Authors, Volume V (of X)" by Various
The Doctor was sitting in a high and curiously-wrought chair, cushioned with black leather, gilt and ornamented after the antique fashion.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
The great empires of antiquity were enlarged mechanically by conquest and annexation.
"Influences of Geographic Environment" by Ellen Churchill Semple
The Vindhyan sandstones certainly are a formation of immense antiquity, perhaps pre-Silurian.
"Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official" by William Sleeman
Leicester asked, how high the antiquity of Sweden reached.
"The Life of the Truly Eminent and Learned Hugo Grotius" by Jean Lévesque de Burigny
Of the antiquity of the Negro there can be no doubt.
"History of the Negro Race in America From 1619 to 1880. Vol 1" by George W. Williams
From Rene Ducatel, in his antique-shop, whose folks 'tis mostly about?
"The Flower of the Chapdelaines" by George W. Cable
The robbery of antiquities is carried out in many different ways and from many different motives.
"The Treasury of Ancient Egypt" by Arthur E. P. B. Weigall
They were the great engineers and road-makers of antiquity.
"Roman Mosaics" by Hugh Macmillan
Of the remaining churches, I shall mention only four: two of them chiefly remarkable for their interior, and two for their extreme antiquity.
"A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume One" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
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In poetry:

The sandy glass hence bear -
Antique remembrancer;
My veins
Do spare its pains.
"To The Dead Cardinal Of Westminster" by Francis Thompson
His garments old and musty,
Of antique cut,
His body very lean and bony,
His eyes tight shut.
"Dicky" by Robert Graves
Till Hedonist and Stoic hold
Antique debates anew:
And hither return the virtues old
(Alas! and old vice too!).
"Dominions Of The Boundary" by Bernard O Dowd
An antique mirror this,
I like it not at all,
In this lonely room where the goblin gloom
Scowls from the arrased wall.
"The Mirror" by Madison Julius Cawein
The hero's soul appear.
Thus in the common fields and streets they stand;
The light that on the past and distant gleams,
They cast upon the present and the near,
With antique virtues from some mystic land,
Of knightly deeds and dreams.
"Heroes" by Emma Lazarus
Cog, carrack, buss and dromond — pink, pinnace, snake and snow —
Queer rigs of antique fashion that vanished long ago,
With tall and towering fo'c'sles and curving carven prows,
And gilded great poop lanterns, and scrolled and swelling bows.
"Ghosts In Deptford" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Heritage Antiques in Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln'.
Couple's antique cellaret and mahogany inlay screen worth $7,000.
Madison chairmaker hand-crafts 'antiques of tomorrow'.
600-plus-lots of antique 19th- and 20th-century toys also offers only known example of famed '1905 bank.
Guests get sneak peek at antiques during preview.
ANTIQUES AND COLLECTINGWhat's a weasel.
Products & Services: Antique/Vintage Furniture, Bedroom Furniture, Decorative Accents, Handbags, Jewelry, Lighting, Living Room Furniture.
Antiques & Collectibles –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– WANTED: Vintage hankies, linens.
Antique folk art made by prisoners.
Memphis family locates antique clock in Washington museum.
The Rogers family of Memphis has located their 1825 antique lighthouse clock safe and sound – in the DAR Museum two blocks from the White House.
North Shore clothier , antiques dealer also wrote book on etiquette for men.
Browse your favorite antiques stores and flea markets for interesting old shoe forms.
More than 200 dealers mark Coburg 's 25th annual antiques fair.
American Antique Toy & Coin-Op Show debuts in Connecticut.
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In science:

In all three such cases, tessellations have been well known since antiquity.
Explicit isoperimetric constants and phase transitions in the random-cluster model
The concept of mass having its root in great antiquity still remains fundamental.
About Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking in the Field Theory with Fundamental Mass
Excellent (though somewhat antiquated) surveys are provided in [6, 9]. A third approach suggested in consists of buiding a quantum assembly language that can be emebedded in a classical program.
QuECT: A New Quantum Programming Paradigm
Landgrave of Hesse 360” about 1570 It appears that Tycho Brahe's a little older colleague, Wilhelm IV, called The Wise, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel (1532-92) was able to measure positions much better than Hipparchus/Ptolemy in the Antique.
Astrometry during the past 2000 years
Measuring the distance to the Sun, needed to convert the stellar parallax measures into kilometres, renders an equally fascinating story as for the stars. Kepler wrote in 1620 that the distance must be at least three times larger than the antique (van Helden 1985). Ptolemy’s value was 1160 times the Earth’s radius.
Astrometry during the past 2000 years
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