• WordNet 3.6
    • n infancy the earliest state of immaturity
    • n infancy the early stage of growth or development
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Infancy The first age of anything; the beginning or early period of existence; as, the infancy of an art. "The infancy and the grandeur of Rome."
    • Infancy (Law) The state or condition of one under age, or under the age of twenty-one years; nonage; minority.
    • Infancy The state or period of being an infant; the first part of life; early childhood. "The babe yet lies in smiling infancy .""Their love in early infancy began."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n infancy Inability to speak distinctly; want of utterance; verbal hesitation.
    • n infancy The state of being an infant; the earliest period of life, in formal classification reckoned as extending to the seventh year, but commonly or popularly as including only about two years, or the time of teething, after which childhood begins.
    • n infancy In common law, the period of a person's life from birth to the age of majority or legal capacity, at the end of the twenty-first year; nonage; minority.
    • n infancy Figuratively, that period in the history, existence, or development of a thing which corresponds to the earliest years of childhood; the first age, beginning, or early period: as, the infancy of the world; the infancy of an institution or an art.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Infancy the state or time of being an infant: childhood: the beginning of anything:
    • n Infancy (Milt.) want of distinct utterance
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  • A. P. Gouthey
    A. P. Gouthey
    “If life were measured by accomplishments, most of us would die in infancy.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Infancy conforms to nobody: all conform to it, so that one babe commonly makes four or five out of the adults who prattle and play to it.”
  • Mary Wollstonecraft
    Mary Wollstonecraft
    “Taught from infancy that beauty is woman's scepter, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Heaven lies about us in our infancy and the world begins lying about us pretty soon afterward.”
  • William Wordsworth
    “Heaven lies about us in our infancy! Shades of the prison-house begin to close upon the growing boy.”
  • Art Linkletter
    Art Linkletter
    “The four stages of life are infancy, childhood, adolescence, and obsolescence.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. infantia,: cf. F. enfance,. See Infant
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. infans, -antisin, not, fans, pr.p. of fāri, to speak; Gr. phēmi.


In literature:

The extent and value of this trade to Minnesota, which was then in its infancy, can easily be judged by a brief statement of its growth.
"The History of Minnesota and Tales of the Frontier" by Charles E. Flandrau
"The New Testament" by Various
The oldest child, a boy, died in infancy.
"Autobiography of Frank G. Allen, Minister of the Gospel" by Frank G. Allen
Most frequent in second year of infancy.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
Infancy, is perhaps, the finest and most perfect illustration of simplicity.
"Sketches of the Fair Sex, in All Parts of the World" by Anonymous
The ten thousand and one chances for contracting disease of the anus and rectum do not cease with the period of infancy.
"Intestinal Ills" by Alcinous Burton Jamison
He lost his father and mother in his infancy, and was very much neglected by those who had the charge of his education.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 3 of 8" by Various
No mother could nurse a child more tenderly in its infancy, than Thomas did his tree.
"The Looking-Glass for the Mind" by M. Berquin
The fertilizer industry of the United States is yet in its infancy and is likely to have a large growth.
"The Economic Aspect of Geology" by C. K. Leith
As is natural in extreme infancy, it is liquid and there is not much of it.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
This purpose, formed in infancy and poverty, grew stronger as his intellect expanded and as his fortune rose.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Little girls in their infancy are devoted and dedicated by their own mothers to the temples.
"India, Its Life and Thought" by John P. Jones
She had been under his guardianship since her infancy; who she was no one knew but the General himself.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
The study of volitional traits and of temperament is still in its infancy.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
He had an attack of small-pox during his infancy, which left a permanent weakness of eyesight.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
It is content, in its infancy, to thrive in silence.
"Leading Articles on Various Subjects" by Hugh Miller
She debated for a moment, whether to meet the proffer and then with the impulsiveness of infancy leaned toward him.
"A Waif of the Mountains" by Edward S. Ellis
They are fed on lies from their infancy.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
The revelation was written for plain men in the infancy of the world.
"The Origin of the World According to Revelation and Science" by John William Dawson
Of his two sons, one died in infancy and the other became insane.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 2" by Various

In poetry:

"Our Gods are kind and still deem fit
As in old days, with those to lie,
Whose silent hearths are yet unlit
By the soft light of infancy.
"Yasmini" by Laurence Hope
O God! who veil'st the future o'er,
Through whose thick darkness none can see,
Protect, preserve, redeem, restore
The innocence of infancy.
"The Innocence of Infancy" by John Bowring
He told her of his cruel fate,
Condemn'd along to rove,
From infancy to man's estate,
Though courted by the fair and great,
Yet never once to love.
"Myrtilla" by Washington Allston
Most tangible of all the gods that be,
O Santa Claus-- our own since Infancy!
As first we scampered to thee-- now, as then,
Take us as children to thy heart again.
"To Santa Claus" by James Whitcomb Riley
Ho! Santa Claus-- our own since Infancy--
Most tangible of all the gods that be--!
As first we scampered to thee-- now, as then,
Take us as children to thy heart again.
"To Santa Claus" by James Whitcomb Riley
And loveliest of her line. The tear of joy,
The early love of song, the sigh that broke
From her young lip, the best beloved employ;
What womanhood disclosed, in infancy bespoke
"Description Of Egla" by Maria Gowen Brooks

In news:

The only giant panda born at the National Zoo to survive beyond infancy, Tai Shan is out of quarantine in China and is now on public display.
Chronic malnutrition during infancy, marked by stunting , has been associated with poor cognitive function.
NEW YORK – It was a night in early November during the infancy of the Cold War when the anti-communist dissidents were hustled through a garden and across a gully to a vehicle on a dark, deserted road in Budapest.
AmStar 14 is in its infancy, but the building has been a part of the Dallas movie theater landscape since 1995.
The constant-speed approach to AC motors made a lot of sense when energy was cheap and drives technology was in its infancy.
'She's my hero,' adoptive mom says of Spring Lake girl who survived raccoon attack in infancy.
Ryan says that now that the group is out of its infancy, they are beginning to see the fruits of their labor as some of their earliest members are reaching adult hood.
TCM's 'Moguls & Movie Stars' looks back at when Hollywood's studio system was in its infancy.
The Vatican on Tuesday presented "The Infancy Narratives," the last part in Pope Benedict 's trilogy on the life of Jesus.
The full study, "Training Attentional Control in Infancy," is published in the journal Current Biology.
That's a startling number considering the Randall Lineback was one of the most-popular all-purpose cows in New England during this country's infancy.
From infancy, we are conditioned to believe that perfection is the Holy Grail.
However, methods to index large volumes of RDF data are still in their infancy.
Nurseries grow up as colors, furnishings look past infancy.
Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs saw the company through its infancy, its early tremors of doubt, and its wild bouts of success.

In science:

The theoretical study of line profiles in CWBs is in its infancy, although some unexpected results have already been obtained.
X-ray and radio emission from colliding stellar winds
Figure 4 and Figure 5 depict the time variation of the surface brightness in the observed 3.6 µm and 450 µm bands of a SMG at redshift 2, from its infancy in its pre-merger phase to its final stage as an elliptical galaxy.
Simulating Merging Galaxies: The Infrared View
Lattice calculations of the spectral functions are still in their infancy.
Phases of QCD: Summary of the Rutgers Long Range Plan Town Meeting
Observations are inconclusive and theory is only in its infancy (Schneider et al. 2004; Nozawa et al. 2003, and references therein).
Evolution of interstellar dust and stardust in the solar neighbourhood
Since the study of nongeometric backgrounds is still in many ways in its infancy, there are many possible pro jects.
Lectures on Nongeometric Flux Compactifications
This test is somehow in its infancy but it is very promising.
Geometrical constraints on dark energy models
Though major advances have been made, the understanding of Population III and very low metallicity stars is still in its infancy, and many important questions remain unanswered.
First Stars III Conference Summary
While the dynamics of fuzzballs is in its infancy, we can make some simple observations and conjectures relevant to such questions.
What Exactly is the Information Paradox?
Theories of LSS in these modified gravity models are still in their infancy.
Tests of Gravity from Imaging and Spectroscopic Surveys
Numerical simulations which provide nonlinear matter power spectra in MG theories are in their infancy but the first attempts are encouraging, as shown by for the f (R) models and [40, 41] for the DGP model.
Tests of Gravity from Imaging and Spectroscopic Surveys
Despite its importance it is still in its infancy and many pressing questions are essentially unexplored.
Compact binary mergers: an astrophysical perspective
Graphene studies are still in their infancy, and it is too early to guess which of its unusual features will be more useful for applications.
Electronic properties of mesoscopic graphene structures: charge confinement and control of spin and charge transport
Formulations of the evolution equations in alternative theories of gravity are in their infancy [151, 152] and the numerical exploration of BH binaries in alternative theories of gravity has just started [153].
Numerical simulations of black-hole binaries and gravitational wave emission
Explorations of the stability of general higher-dimensional BHs are in their infancy.
Numerical simulations of black-hole binaries and gravitational wave emission
This means that the GW predictions in the MHD explosions are also still in their infancy.
Multiple physical elements to determine the gravitational-wave signatures of core-collapse supernovae