autumnal

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj autumnal of or characteristic of or occurring in autumn "the autumnal equinox","autumnal fruits"
    • adj autumnal characteristic of late maturity verging on decline "a serene autumnal mood"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Autumnal Of, belonging to, or peculiar to, autumn; as, an autumnal tint; produced or gathered in autumn; as, autumnal fruits; flowering in autumn; as, an autumnal plant. "Thick as autumnal leaves that strow the brooks
      In Vallombrosa."
    • Autumnal Past the middle of life; in the third stage. "An autumnal matron."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • autumnal Belonging to autumn; produced or gathered in autumn: as, autumnal fruits.
    • autumnal Figuratively.
    • autumnal Belonging to a period correspoding to autumn in the year; hence, past the middle stage of life: as, “an autumnal matron,” Hawthorne.
    • n autumnal A plant that flowers in autumn.
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Quotations

  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “The teeming Autumn big with rich increase, bearing the wanton burden of the prime like widowed wombs after their lords decease.”
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley
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    “There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been!”
  • Aldous Huxley
    Aldous%20Huxley
    “Beauty for some provides escape, who gain a happiness in eyeing the gorgeous buttocks of the ape or Autumn sunsets exquisitely dying.”
  • Hare Charles
    Hare Charles
    “Unless a tree has borne blossoms in spring, you will vainly look for fruit on it in autumn.”
  • Robertson Davies
    Robertson%20Davies
    “He types his labored column -- weary drudge! Senile fudge and solemn: spare, editor, to condemn these dry leaves of his autumn.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “We are reformers in the spring and summer, but in autumn we stand by the old. Reformers in the morning, and conservers at night.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. auctumnalis, autumnalis,: cf. F. automnal,

Usage

In literature:

You must have been very busy since last autumn when, if I remember right, you were only twenty-one.
"Castellinaria and Other Sicilian Diversions" by Henry Festing Jones
We might take the matter up again in autumn.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
We'll have a compost heap of our own this autumn, mark my words.
"Last Words" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
It looked like a scarlet autumn leaf blown down from one of the giant forest trees that guarded the slopes of the mountains.
"The Automobile Girls in the Berkshires" by Laura Dent Crane
Charles Dickens was at Broadstairs with his family for the autumn months.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
Build up a compost heap in the rear of the garden with sods and stable manure, for use in the autumn and also the following spring.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
It was autumn, the period when leaves fall off and grow damp, and London birds of passage fly home to their smoky nests.
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
It occurs during mid-summer and early autumn.
"Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc." by George Francis Atkinson
And now he took leave of his parents, and on a rainy day, late in the autumn, went forth on foot out of the town of his birth.
"What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
Spring went by, and summer drew towards its close; autumn came; but he had not decided.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
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In poetry:

But autumn is bringing,
In richer suits,
To match with his sunsets,
His glowing fruits;
"The Dew-Drop: A Metrical Fantasy" by Samuel Lover
Left on the beach
Full of water
A worn out boat
Reflects the white sky --
Of early autumn.
"Left on the beach" by Yosano Akiko
In the twilit night
Of Ogura mountain,
Does the belling stag's
Call tell
The dusk of Autumn?
"In the twilit night" by Ki no Tsurayuki
Alone for you Autumn
Has not come,
Maidenflowers,
So why do you colour
So swiftly, then fade?
"Alone for you Autumn" by Ki no Tsurayuki
In every year
Scarlet leaves flow
Upon Tatsuta River;
Is its mouth Autumn's
Lodging, I wonder?
"In every year" by Ki no Tsurayuki
With long sobs
the violin-throbs
of autumn wound
my heart with languorous
and montonous
sound.
"Autumn Song" by Paul Verlaine

In news:

The DEEP announced Thursday that autumn trout stockings have begun.
He is autumn as rumor, not rite.
Autumn aspens set against a mountain covered with pine trees near Silverton, Colo. Viewed from the window of a recent ride on the Durango and Silverton Railroad.
But not me, I hunt for the common mouse that invades my house each and every autumn.
Cool autumn weather is ahead this week in Central Oregon.
(WHAS11)- Cool autumn air is here.
There was a time when sports fans in Kansas City were considered among the best in sports, when Kauffman Stadium was the place to be during the sweltering summer months and tailgating at Arrowhead Stadium a rite of crisp autumn days.
(AP) — There was a time when sports fans in Kansas City were considered among the best in sports, when Kauffman Stadium was the place to be during the sweltering summer months and tailgating at Arrowhead Stadium a rite of crisp autumn days.
WASHINGTON — On the eve of the first presidential debate, the early autumn Republican reviews are in for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, and they are not pretty.
With the advent of autumn comes an annual spectacle in the regional parks and elsewhere -- the march of the mating tarantulas.
With the advent of autumn comes the annual seasonal spectacle in the regional parks and elsewhere -- the march of the mating tarantulas.
Laugh your way into autumn.
Caroline Doty will return to UConn for her fifth season this autumn.
Maine's Autumn Foliage Looks Promising.
The state's wide variety of outdoor autumn jazz events focuses almost exclusively on native talent.
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In science:

Paul Mainwood and David Wallace devised the following formulation in a seminar in autumn 2003.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
After the sub ject took off in the autumn of 1984, became much better known.
The Early Years of String Theory: A Personal Perspective
A prototype Silicon-Tungsten electromagnetic calorimeter (ECAL) for an International Linear Collider (ILC) detector was installed and tested during summer and autumn 2006 at CERN.
Response of the CALICE Si-W Electromagnetic Calorimeter Physics Prototype to Electrons
Data taken in the various beam test periods during summer and autumn 2006 showed well correlated calibration constants, with differences less than 1.6%.
Response of the CALICE Si-W Electromagnetic Calorimeter Physics Prototype to Electrons
The performance of the first ALICE EMCal modules constructed according to final design was studied in CERN SPS and PS test beam lines in autumn 2007.
Performance of prototypes for the ALICE electromagnetic calorimeter
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