archaic

Definitions

  • Archaic Greek bireme. About 800 B.C
    Archaic Greek bireme. About 800 B.C
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj archaic little evolved from or characteristic of an earlier ancestral type "archaic forms of life","primitive mammals","the okapi is a short-necked primitive cousin of the giraffe"
    • adj archaic so extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period "a ramshackle antediluvian tenement","antediluvian ideas","archaic laws"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Archaic Of or characterized by antiquity or archaism; antiquated; obsolescent.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • archaic Marked by the characteristics of an earlier period; characterized by archaism; primitive; old-fashioned; antiquated: as, an archaic word or phrase.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Archaic ärk-ā′ik ancient: obsolete, esp. of language
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. 'archai:ko`s old-fashioned, fr. 'archai^os ancient
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. archaikosarchaios, ancient—archē, beginning.

Usage

In literature:

We notice with astonishment the extreme solemnity and strict observance of custom and precedence in this archaic period.
"The Instruction of Ptah-Hotep and the Instruction of Ke'Gemni" by Battiscombe G. Gunn
Author's archaic and variable spelling is mostly preserved.
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
Another questionable point is the manner of using archaic pronouns and verb forms.
"Writings in the United Amateur, 1915-1922" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft
It was this archaic pile of stone, he finally decided, which was causing his depression.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, December 1930" by Various
To him are ascribed the most archaic monuments of the plains of Lower Mesopotamia.
"Vestiges of the Mayas" by Augustus Le Plongeon
With this archaic representation of a harbor may be compared some examples of the Roman period.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume I (of 3)" by John Ruskin
Least-wise, he would rot in a sewer near a busy bus stop replete with all the dronings of archaic feet.
"The Land of Look Behind" by Paul Cameron Brown
Archaic Research has an interest short of the welfare of Romeo and Juliet; or, perhaps, murders.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
They had become archaic.
"History of the Great American Fortunes, Vol. I" by Myers Gustavus
Urg traced with a crooked finger the archaic lettering carved upon the stone base of the couch.
"The People of the Crater" by Andrew North
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In poetry:

But not on a shell, she starts,
Archaic, for the sea.
But on the first-found weed
She scuds the glitters,
Noiselessly, like one more wave.
"The Paltry Nude Starts On A Spring Voyage" by Wallace Stevens
White Ammon was your bedfellow! Your
chamber was the steaming Nile!
And with your curved archaic smile you watched
his passion come and go.
"The Sphinx" by Oscar Wilde
O, incommunicable hope that lies
Deep in despair, as tapers that illume
Some fearful fane's archaic, sacred gloom!
O, solace of all weary hearts and wise!—
"Laus Mortis" by Clark Ashton Smith
Had he been born--thus he laments--
Along with other great events,
Coeval say with Noah's flood,
A proud relationship to trace
With Hittites--or with any race
Of blue archaic blood!
"The Antiquarian" by Hattie Howard

In news:

Italy (JTA) — In a medieval tavern in 21st century Italy, waitresses in archaic costumes served a tepid, chalk-white substance the texture of oatmeal to tables filled with slightly skeptical diners.
When it comes to many tech-savvy (and eco-friendly) individuals, business cards are archaic and unsustainable.
"La Clemenza di Tito," written just months before Mozart 's death in 1791, is a curiosity among his operas, a throwback to an archaic style he had moved beyond.
NEW YORK (AP) -- "La Clemenza di Tito," written just months before Mozart 's death in 1791, is a curiosity among his operas, a throwback to an archaic style he had moved beyond.
NEW YORK—"La Clemenza di Tito," written just months before Mozart 's death in 1791, is a curiosity among his operas, a throwback to an archaic style he had moved beyond.
NEW YORK (AP) - "La Clemenza di Tito," written just months before Mozart 's death in 1791, is a curiosity among his operas, a throwback to an archaic style he had moved beyond.
As the printed page itself becomes more and more of an archaic form, the newsstand becomes a de facto throwback to more web-free times.
MLB Public Relations (@MLB_PR) October 2, 2012 OK, we have to wait a year, but this is great news for those of who suffered under MLB's archaic blackout rules and policies.
Palo Alto passes moratorium on archaic parking exemption provision.
Actor calls British deployment of Prince William to disputed islands "archaic colonialism.".
Says public pensions are 'archaic;' also seeks higher tuition, changes in campaign finance laws.
When Conventional Learning Methods Are Archaic, Will You Just Download Paul Gilbert 2.0.
In studying the new skeletal specimens, the authors found evidence that plesiadapiforms, a group of archaic mammals, are in fact the earliest primate species and are closely related to modern primates as well.
Rewriting archaic tax sale laws that date to the 1920s and 1940s is seen as a way to help fiscally distressed cities rebuild their tax bases and help get newly authorized land banks off the ground.
Archaic laws are often humorous, as numerous books, websites and seemingly un-killable email forwards all attest.
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In science:

Archaic electrical communication systems from a century ago already featured primitive forms of diversity, where operators manually selected the receiver with the best quality.
Transmit Diversity v. Spatial Multiplexing in Modern MIMO Systems
This is because they would be less constrained by environment induced selection rules, due to the fact that they are “archaic” forms of life3 .
Experimental proposal for testing the Emergence of Environment Induced (EIN) Classical Selection rules with Biological Systems
In French the corresponding phrase is generally called plus grand commun diviseur and is written“pgcd” though modernists tend to change it to pgdc because the formulation commun diviseur is archaic.
Notations Around the World: Census and Exploitation
Indeed, Qian et al. (2011) suggest that there might be a third massive body at a large barycentric distance, based on the archaic Titius-Bode law.
A dynamical analysis of the proposed HU Aquarii planetary system
Mauss, The gift: forms and functions of exchange in archaic societies, Routledge, London 1925.
Around the gap between sociophysics and sociology
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