• Forty feet underground in an old stone quarry
    Forty feet underground in an old stone quarry
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n forties the time of life between 40 and 50
    • n forties the decade from 1940 to 1949
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One hundred and forty-Sixth Volume One hundred and forty-Sixth Volume

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Coffee is grown commercially in over forty-five countries throughout the world.
    • n. pl Forties See Forty.
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  • Benjamin Franklin
    “At twenty years of age the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgment.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “Every man over forty is a scoundrel.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Men over forty are no judges of a book written in a new spirit.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    “Every man over forty is responsible for his face.”
  • Al Neuharth
    Al Neuharth
    “Everyone should fail in a big way at least once before reaching forty.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “It is in the thirties that we want friends. In the forties we know they won't save us any more than love did.”


Take forty winks - If you take 40 winks, you have a short sleep.


In literature:

The company had a monopoly of the territory, and the trade of the Colony for forty years.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger
The marten-hunter will go forth and set a line of traps, extending to upwards of forty miles in length or circumference.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
More than forty million pounds of cocoa are yearly consumed in the United States.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
The catalogue contained nineteen hundred and forty-three lots, which realised two thousand seven hundred and forty pounds, fifteen shillings.
"English Book Collectors" by William Younger Fletcher
I asked his price which was forty-five dollars.
"Twenty Years of Hus'ling" by J. P. Johnston
She had one mast, forty feet high, to carry a crossyard and a square sail, and she had thirty-two oars, sixteen on each side.
"Famous Sea Fights" by John Richard Hale
He and my mother lived together for over forty years, until she was more than seventy.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
Much-needed reinforcements arrived from New York, and, on July 30, the fort was taken by storm after a siege of forty-five days.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
European women, given the opportunity, could cram more of life into ten years than an American woman into forty.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Rhodes was broken on the wheel at forty-nine, and Botha succumbed in the prime of life.
"An African Adventure" by Isaac F. Marcosson
In a heavy sea of any kind she made a good deal of fuss; and being only forty feet long it could not be otherwise.
"Asiatic Breezes" by Oliver Optic
These were next joined and plaited together in such a manner that a rope was formed nearly forty feet long.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
These vessels usually carried forty-four guns, and were manned by a crew of over 500 men.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
It is really a very serious matter, my dear, this being forty-five years old.
"At Plattsburg" by Allen French
Forty years in America had endeared the Highlanders of Darien to the fortunes of their adopted country.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
Some days we might do forty miles.
"The Young Alaskans on the Missouri" by Emerson Hough
There are over forty recipes given in this chapter for food for the sick and convalescent.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
The Colonel, who is a powerfully-built, bronzed, and active man, seemingly over sixty years old, left the service just forty years ago.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
The party of 58 was composed of five Irishmen, one Welshman, three Scotchmen, and forty-nine Englishmen.
"The Social Work of the Salvation Army" by Edwin Gifford Lamb
His age may be sixty, and yet one might suppose him to be less than forty.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones

In poetry:

Nay, be not jealous. Stop your fears.
My tendencies are far from sporty.
Besides, the number of my years
Is over forty.
"Xanthias Jollied" by Franklin Pierce Adams
"Lies forty spasms deep," he said
"But still me trusty sloop
Each hour, I wot, goes many a knot
And many a bow and loop."
"The Dutiful Mariner" by Wallace Irwin
Just two-and-forty years have passed
Since we, a youthful pair,
Together at the altar stood,
And mutual vows pledged there.
"To My Husband" by Mary Ann H T Bigelow
He stood like one in trance, to gaze
Upon that mild and sacred head;
Forty years had pass'd away
Since he was with the dead.
"The Prophetess Of The Oracle Of Seam" by Anne Bannerman
Then here’s the wiser Forties!
The Forties! The Forties!
Then here’s the wiser Forties!
We’re good for ten years more.
"'39'" by Henry Lawson
Lord B. was a nobleman bold
Who came of illustrious stocks,
He was thirty or forty years old,
And several feet in his socks.
"The Force of Argument" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

The Twelve Forty Grounds Read the Odyssey log.
Forty Percent of Microscopic Plant Life in the Oceans Is Gone.
Forty years ago, Hunter S Thompson declared the Kentucky Derby "decadent," and over the last five years Woodford Reserve Bourbon has perfected the decadence with the $1000 Mint Julep.
2007 Forty Under 40 Thomas Morley President The Lube Stop Inc.
The deal is believed to guarantee Vick forty million.
Forty Tales From the Afterlives.
MONTERREY, Mexico — Forty-nine bodies, at least some of them mutilated , were found Sunday dumped on a highway connecting the northern Mexican metropolis of Monterrey to the US border, officials said.
Forty years later, photographer reflects on missing the ' napalm girl' image.
Forty years ago, a shocking photo from the Vietnam War incensed the world.
Our love, deep and true, went on for forty years and I know that Pete, the man I loved and who loved me, would want me to write about our love.
We have been fighting pollution for the last forty years in an attempt to protect our environment and, therefore, our future.
Forty years ago it was revolutionary.
Nikole Herriott's blog, Forty-Sixth at Grace ( has some of the web's best food photos, styled with kitchen tools she sells online.
Published forty years ago, Larry McMurtry's first novel, Horseman, Pass By , was a cruder, Texas version of the J.
I think a lot of people underestimate how much the conventional wisdom has shifted on monetary policy over the last forty years.

In science:

In STOC ’09: Proceedings of the forty-first annual ACM symposiu m on Theory of computing, page To appear, 2009.
Testing Linear-Invariant Non-Linear Properties
Testing of various classes of life distributions has been addressed in the literature for more than forty-five years.
Tests for exponentiality against NBUE alternatives: a Monte Carlo comparison
By the end of the simulations, all forty systems have lost at least one Jupiter-mass planet, and thirteen systems have lost two Jupiters.
Effects of Dynamical Evolution of Giant Planets on Survival of Terrestrial Planets
The development of a standard model of cosmological structure formation over the last forty years must count as one of the great success stories in Physics.
Dark matter and cosmic structure
The ma jority of them are young theorists in their thirties or early forties.
Reflections and Impressionistic Portrait at the Conference "Frontiers Beyond the Standard Model," FTPI, Oct. 2012
The data as presented at this meeting by Roger Forty 6 is only marginally consistent with this hypothesis, but it was emphasized by many that the systematic errors are dominated by theoretical uncertainty and cannot be treated reliably by standard statistical methods. I agree with this conventional wisdom.
CP and B Physics: Progress and Prospects
As already mentioned, the unitarity triangle exhibited by Forty 6 was most impressive in its purported accuracy and internal consistency.
CP and B Physics: Progress and Prospects
However in the forties, physicists have realized that the intermediate bosons, which transmit weak interaction, should have very big masses [5 ]. A possible way to solve this problem is to introduce the concept of spontaneously symmetry breaking [6-8 ]and Higgs mechanism [9-13 ].
General Gauge Field Theory
A considerable body of research over the last forty years has explored different levels of analysis of text to help determine what information in the text is salient for a given summarization task.
Machine Learning of Generic and User-Focused Summarization
Will Johns reviewed these contributions and demonstrated that the successor experiment, focus, will yield thirty to forty times the number of events used in the E687 semileptonic analyses.
Perspectives on Heavy Quark 98
Forty-six PG ob jects have not been found in the FBS, but ten are Markarian ob jects, i.e. belong to the first part of the FBS.
On the nature of the FBS blue stellar objects and the completeness of the bright quasar survey
During the parallel sessions of the Hadronic Final States Working Group about forty talks were presented.
Progress and Problems in QCD - Report from the Hadronic Final States Working Group at DIS99
Forty for useful comments and careful reading of this writeup, A.
Heavy flavour physics results from LEP1
Forty for their careful reading of this manuscript.
Bs Physics at LEP, SLD, and CDF: Delta m_s and Delta Gamma_s
More than forty years ago, composite systems in quantum field theory were investigated.
Statistics of the Composite Systems and Anyons in the Fractional Quantum Hall Effect