• WordNet 3.6
    • n century ten 10s
    • n century a period of 100 years
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Aix-la-Chapelle Cathedral in IXth Century Aix-la-Chapelle Cathedral in IXth Century
Round Church in the IXth Century, Aix-la-Chapelle Round Church in the IXth Century, Aix-la-Chapelle
Excavated foundation of a late 17th-century prototype of the Baltimore and Philadelphia row houses. Six families could have lived here Excavated foundation of a late 17th-century prototype of the Baltimore and Philadelphia row houses. Six families...
A few 17th-century handwrought hinges in the Jamestown collection A few 17th-century handwrought hinges in the Jamestown collection
A few examples of German salt-glazed stoneware in the Jamestown collection. All were made during the 17th century A few examples of German salt-glazed stoneware in the Jamestown collection. All were made during the 17th century
Note the makers’ marks or seals on the wineglass fragments. Only a few English wineglasses bearing 17th-century makers’ seals have been found in America Note the makers’ marks or seals on the wineglass fragments. Only a few English wineglasses bearing 17th-century...
A leather shoe and several leather shoe soles were uncovered in an early 17th-century well A leather shoe and several leather shoe soles were uncovered in an early 17th-century well
An early 17th-century, two-man, crosscut saw An early 17th-century, two-man, crosscut saw

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the 20th century, over three million people have died from earthquakes
    • Century (Rom. Antiq) A division of the Roman people formed according to their property, for the purpose of voting for civil officers.
    • Century A hundred; as, a century of sonnets; an aggregate of a hundred things. "And on it said a century of prayers."
    • Century A period of a hundred years; as, this event took place over two centuries ago.
    • Century (Rom. Antiq) One of sixty companies into which a legion of the army was divided. It was Commanded by a centurion.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Around the 16th century the Yo-Yo was used by Philipinos to stun prey from trees.
    • n century In a general sense, a hundred; anything consisting of a hundred in number.
    • n century Specifically In Rom. antiq.:
    • n century A division of the people (originally so called, probably, with reference to the approximate number of its members, though there was no fixed limit), instituted by Servius Tullius, formed with reference to taxation and to the election of magistrates and enactment of laws. All the citizens were divided into classes according to their wealth, and each of the classes was divided into from 10 to 40 senior aud junior centuries, according to age, in all 193 or 194. Each century had one vote in the comitia centuriata, the wealthier classes voting first and generally controlling the others.
    • n century A subdivision of the legion, corresponding to a modern military company of infantry, and consisting nominally of a hundred men. Prior to the rule of Marius the century was half of a maniple, and contained normally 100 men, each century having in addition 20 light-armed troops. After the military reform of Marius the old distinctions of arms in the legion were abolished; the century was still the half of the maniple, but its normal quota of men was increased. Under the empire the regular force of the century was 110 men. See legion.
    • n century An allotment of land of varying size; especially, the area of land allotted to soldiers in a conquered country.
    • n century A period of one hundred years, reckoned from any starting-point: as, a century of national independence; a century of oppression. Specifically, one of a number of hundred-year periods, reckoned either forward or backward from some recognized era. Thus the first century of the Christian era began with the year a. d. 1 and extended to the end of the year 100; the third century began with 201 and ended with 300; and the eighteenth century began with 1701 and ended with 1800, the year completing the hundred-year period in each instance giving name to the century. When used absolutely, without explanatory adjunct of any kind, the centuries of the Christian era are always meant. The centuries before Christ are reckoned backward in their order from the Christian era, and those after Christ are reckoned forward: as, the fourth century b. c. (from 301 b. c. backward to 400).
    • n century An obsolete form of centaury.
    • n century In botany, a set of dried plants containing a hundred sheets.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Britain, failed suicides were hanged in the 19th century.
    • n Century sen′tū-ri a hundred, or something consisting of a hundred in number, as sonnets, &c.: a hundred years
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  • Rene Descartes
    Rene Descartes
    “The reading of all good books is like a conversation with all the finest men of past centuries.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “The philosophy of one century is the common sense of the next.”
  • Mark Twain
    “A crime persevered in a thousand centuries ceases to be a crime, and becomes a virtue. This is the law of custom, and custom supersedes all other forms of law.”
  • W. S. Gilbert
    “The idiot who praises, with enthusiastic tone, All centuries but this, and every country but his own.”
  • Petra Kelly
    Petra Kelly
    “We, the generation that faces the next century, can add the solemn injunction that if we don't do the impossible, we shall be faced with the unthinkable.”
  • Ezra Pound
    “In our time, the curse is monetary illiteracy, just as inability to read plain print was the curse of earlier centuries.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. centuria,in senses 1 & 3), fr. centum, a hundred: cf. F. centurie,. See Cent
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. centuriacentum.


In literature:

The town was the seat of the counts of Cleves as early as the 11th century, but it did not receive municipal rights until 1242.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 5" by Various
The church of St. Martin dates from the twelfth century, and Notre Dame from the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.
"The Cathedrals and Churches of the Rhine" by Francis Miltoun
Apse XIIth century; transept XIVth century.
"The Cathedrals of Northern Spain" by Charles Rudy
They were practically entirely rebuilt in the fifteenth century and again restored in the eighteenth.
"Cathedrals of Spain" by John A. (John Allyne) Gade
Pre-Communist Albania gained independence in 1912 after 4-1/2 centuries of rule by the Ottoman Turks.
"Area Handbook for Albania" by Eugene K. Keefe
Above all the period from Augustus to the second quarter of the third century was one of growth.
"An Introduction to the Philosophy of Law" by Roscoe Pound
The 19th century soon made an end of 18th century fashions already discredited by the revolutionary spirit.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 4" by Various
While Hannah More lived and worked in the eighteenth century, her life's service extended over into the nineteenth century also.
"Women of England, Volume 9 (of 10)" by Burleigh James Bartlett
But from the 7th century it began to decline, and by the 12th century it had practically ceased.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 5" by Various
There was no hint of the vulgar or licentious pleasures which became the characteristics of love in the eighteenth century.
"Women of Modern France (Illustrated)" by Hugo Paul Thieme (1870-1940)

In poetry:

Nineteen centuries have passed and gone,
Since "it is finished" was cried,
Every day during that time,
The Savior's been crucified.
"The Easter Man" by Frank Barbour Coffin
The Hawkswood oaks, the storm-torn plumes
Of old pine-forest kings,
Beneath whose century-woven shade
Deer Island's mistress sings.
"June On The Merrimac" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Yea, so eternal seemed my grief,
Time moved out, neither slow nor fast,
Nor recked I whether periods brief
Or centuries had passed.
"Love, Dreaming of Death" by Charles Harpur
Thirsting for
the hierarchic privacy
of Queen Victoria's century
she buys up all
the eyesores facing her shore,
and lets them fall.
"Skunk Hour" by Robert Lowell
Is there any room for the poet
In this nineteenth century time—
Room for the poet for singing
His thoughts and his fancies in rhyme?
"No Room For The Poet" by Alexander Anderson
"So keep your halls, nor fret, nor moan
That ye can never come again,
A second godship is not won
Among these nineteenth century men."
"The Gods And The Winds" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

An Aurora, Colorado Police officer visits the roadside memorial set up for victims of the theaters shooting massacre across the street from Century 16 movie theater at sunrise July 29, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado.
In the 13th century, Dr Netz explained, Christian monks, needing vellum for a prayer book, ripped the manuscript apart, washed it, folded its pages in half and covered it with religious text.
The man who has helped safeguard many of Colorado's most historical documents for nearly a half century has retired from state government.
In March, a once-in-a-century flood swept the city's downtown, which in any case had pretty well fallen apart.
If there was any age more preoccupied than our own with gossip, fashion and who's in bed with whom it was the end of the 18th century.
"Well done is better than well said," Benjamin Franklin quipped more than two centuries ago, and this remains sage advice to NCDOT Secretary Gene Conti.
Robert Hughes, a giant of 20th-century art critic ism who first became known in the US through his reviews for.
Instead of taking place in the usual 19th-century drawing room in Vienna, Act I unfolded in a smart Glasgow apartment with cool white walls.
Judeo-Persian manuscript from 17th century.
Architectural Projects in Seventeenth-Century Italy by Rudolf Wittkower Braziller, 192 pp.
Sculpture modeled on a 19th century dress body form and enlarged in homage to classical statuary, commemorating the female workforce of New Albany's textile industry.
A five-week history course exploring the opposing schools of art in 17th century Europe will be presented by Linda Blair from 7:30-9 pm Tuesdays, Jan 11-Feb.
A Century of Modern Art.
Since it began in the mid-19th century, the discipline of art history has been a low-profile pursuit.
Ensemble Caprice artfully bridges centuries with Early Music Now concert.

In science:

The problem of spin glasses is considered a challenge for the 21st century from both the theoretical physics point of view and the mathematical point of view .
A representation of Gibbs measure for the random energy model
Spin glasses: A computational challenge for the 21st century.
A representation of Gibbs measure for the random energy model
Supported by the 21 Century COE Programme ”Development of Dynamic Mathematics with High Functionality” of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan.
Degenerate Gauss hypergeometric functions
Century COE Program at Tokyo Institute of Technology “Nanometer-Scale Quantum Physics”.
Self-Duality and Phase Structure of the 4D Random-Plaquette Z_2 Gauge Model
Since the beginning of Thermodynamics in the middle of the 19.century its main motivation was the description of steam engines and the liquid to gas transition of water.
Heat can flow from cold to hot in Microcanonical Thermodynamics of finite systems. The microscopic origin of condensation and phase separations