• 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 could have lived here
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n lateness quality of coming late or later in time
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Late 17th-century Italian maiolica bowls excavated at Jamestown Late 17th-century Italian maiolica bowls excavated at Jamestown
The Dolphin who Came Late The Dolphin who Came Late

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: As late as 1820, the universe was thought to be 6,000 years old. It is now thought to be between 15 and 20 billion years old.
    • n Lateness The state, condition, or quality, of being late; as, the lateness of his arrival; the lateness of the hour; the lateness of the season.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the late 19th century the Supreme Court of the United States legally declarded the tomato a vegetable.
    • n lateness The state of being late or tardy, or of coming or appearing after the usual or proper time: as, the lateness of harvest.
    • n lateness Time far advanced in any particular period: as, lateness in the season.
    • n lateness Recency, absolute or comparative; recent origin, discovery, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the late 19th century, millions of human mummies were used as fuel for locomotives in Egypt where wood and coal was scarce, but mummies were plentiful.
    • n Lateness state of being late
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  • George Bernard Shaw
    “Better never than late.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “He was always late on principle, his principle being that punctuality is the thief of time.”
  • Agatha Christie
    Agatha Christie
    “One doesn't recognize the really important moments in one's life until it's too late.”
  • William Congreve
    “Blessings ever wait on virtuous deeds, and though a late, a sure reward succeeds.”
  • E. V. Lucas
    E. V. Lucas
    “I have noticed that the people who are late are often so much jollier than the people who have to wait for them.”
  • Latin Proverb
    Latin Proverb
    “Better late than never.”


A day late and a dollar short - (USA) If something is a day late and a dollar short, it is too little, too late.
Better late than never - This idiom suggests that doing something late is better than not doing it at all.
Johnny-come-lately - A Johnny-come-lately is someone who has recently joined something or arrived somewhere, especially when they want to make changes that are not welcome.
Late bloomer - When someone does not obtain success with their interests, talents, or personality until later in their lives, we say they are a late bloomer.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. læt, slow; Dut. laat, Ice. latr, Ger. lass, weary; L. lassus, tired.


In literature:

He had often heard the bell of late.
"His Family" by Ernest Poole
The white man drew his breath, shrugged his shoulders, and turned his horse's head down the way up which he had so lately come.
"Audrey" by Mary Johnston
A man presently appeared and showed some surprise at the sight of his late visitor.
"Children of the Mist" by Eden Phillpotts
He ate his evening meal late, and finally sat down to his task of writing letters.
"The Man Thou Gavest" by Harriet T. Comstock
I came home about ten; the party sat late.
"The Journal of Sir Walter Scott" by Walter Scott
He only wanted to rest and have a little life before it was too late.
"The Brimming Cup" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
It al'ays seems to me as if 't was darker when she rises late towards mornin' than when she's gone altogether.
"A Country Doctor and Selected Stories and Sketches" by Sarah Orne Jewett
Tell Wigham to drive fast, or I shall be late.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
He had married late in life, and had died without a male heir.
"The Claverings" by Anthony Trollope
He then engaged the house-steward, the housekeeper, and as many more of the servants of the late proprietor as he could induce to remain at Lone.
"The Lost Lady of Lone" by E.D.E.N. Southworth

In poetry:

SLEEP , ladye! for the moonlit hour,
Like peace, is shining on thy bower;
It is so late, the nightingale
Has ended even his love tale.
"The Troubadour. Canto 2" by Letitia Elizabeth Landon
How sweet such rest is to each working one!
That mother sitting there
Suckles a tender babe but late begun
This life so strange and fair.
"The Noonday Rest" by Alexander Anderson
Sweet Rose of Sharon! Why so far
Stray'd my lost steps around thee?
Where didst thou hide thyself so long,
That I so late have found thee?
"Sent To A Friend With A Wild Flower, Called "The Simpler's Joy"" by Caroline Fry
Why, Madam, will ye longer weep,
Whenas your baby's lull'd asleep?
And, pretty child, feels now no more
Those pains it lately felt before.
"To The Lady Crewe, Upon The Death Of Her Child" by Robert Herrick
"Why will you spur so fast to die?
Be wiser ere the night go by.
A message late is a message lost;
For all your haste the foe had crossed.
"The Last Word" by Sir Henry Newbolt
Too late, too late, alas, I know
The track that winds by shining leaves
From where the flood reflects, below,
The greyness of the heart that grieves.
"The Grey Tide" by John Le Gay Brereton

In news:

"Late Show" host David Letterman has joked about Republican Mitt Romney five times more often than he has poked fun at President Obama, leading a trend among late-night comics.
ARRIVING in St.-Tropez in the late afternoon - my Pan Am flight was six hours late.
The Kurt Bills US Senate campaign has been making busy lately playing up comparisons with the late Paul Wellstone's shoestring 1990 US Senate campaign.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the wife of the late Raymond J Patras and daughter of the late Roland and Mabel (Brunelle) Ethier.
She was the wife of the late James A Petrarca Sr. Mrs Petrarca was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Margaret A "Ma" (Morgan) Madsen and Ola B Madsen.
Being late causes everyone else to be late and that's not the right way to work.
Born in Rockingham, NC, he was a son of the late Elmer James and Annie Eliza Goodman Reynolds and husband of the late Jean Snead Reynolds.
SOUTHWEST JEFFCO — Maybe it was all the nice late-January weather South Jeffco experienced, but something has triggered a rash of car vandalism lately.
Then there is a late season, Dec 13-23 and then the very late season, Dec 27-Jan 22.
Mr Sease was born in Baxley Sept 1, 1946 to the late Albert Lewis Sease and the late Essie Lee Ogden Sease .
These might be some of the coldest days of the year, but the warm sun has been causing havoc on the interstate highways during the late-morning rush hours lately.
Born in Pittsburgh on June 27, 1926, he was the son of the late William F Shoop of Salem and the late Anna Wills Shoop Abel.
She was the daughter of the late Omer Capps and the late Amy (Haile) Capps.
The late John Martyn broke ground in the late 60's with his lush sound.
Born in Spring City, she was the daughter of the late Norman and Esther (Gehret) Wolf and was the wife of the late Pastor Robert W Smock .

In science:

Cai, Convergence of a multi-scale finite lement method for el liptic problems with rapid ly oscil lating coefficients, Math.
Equation-free, multiscale computation for unsteady random diffusion
Spectra are displaced upward for clarity, with the zero-point of the flux scale indicated at right. (Narrow): Spectra after subtraction of the best-fitting late-type main-sequence star.
New Low Accretion-Rate Magnetic Binary Systems and their Significance for the Evolution of Cataclysmic Variables
This observation also suggests that some of the late-type sources are single stars ejected from early-type multiple systems.
Limits on the primordial stellar multiplicity
The generally high fmult for pre-main sequence late-type stars uncovers an elementary discrepancy if cloud cores produce N > 3 stars.
Limits on the primordial stellar multiplicity
They may however form from the (fairly late) decay of some fraction of the triple systems.
Limits on the primordial stellar multiplicity