senior

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj senior used of the fourth and final year in United States high school or college "the senior prom"
    • adj senior advanced in years; (`aged' is pronounced as two syllables) "aged members of the society","elderly residents could remember the construction of the first skyscraper","senior citizen"
    • adj senior older; higher in rank; longer in length of tenure or service "senior officer"
    • n senior a person who is older than you are
    • n senior an undergraduate student during the year preceding graduation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Seniors who drink a cup of coffee before a memory test score higher than those who drink a cup of decaffeinated coffee
    • Senior A person who is older than another; one more advanced in life.
    • Senior An aged person; an older. "Each village senior paused to scan,
      And speak the lovely caravan."
    • Senior Belonging to the final year of the regular course in American colleges, or in professional schools.
    • Senior More advanced than another in age; prior in age; elder; hence, more advanced in dignity, rank, or office; superior; as, senior member; senior counsel.
    • Senior One in the fourth or final year of his collegiate course at an American college; -- originally called senior sophister; also, one in the last year of the course at a professional schools or at a seminary.
    • Senior One older in office, or whose entrance upon office was anterior to that of another; one prior in grade.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The most senior crayon maker Emerson Moser retired after making 1.4 billion crayons for Crayola. It was then that he revealed that he was actually colorblind
    • senior Older; elder: when following a personal name, as John Smith, senior (usually abbreviated Sr. or Sen.), it denotes the older of two persons in one family or community of that name.
    • senior Older in office or service: as, a senior judge, colonel, etc.
    • senior Belonging or pertaining to the fourth or last year of the curriculum of an American college, seminary, or other institution: as, the senior class.
    • n senior A person who is older than another; one more advanced in life; an elder.
    • n senior One who is older in office or service, or whose first entrance upon such office or service was anterior to that of another.
    • n senior An aged person; one of the older inhabitants.
    • n senior In the universities of England, one of the older fellows of a college. See seniority, 3.
    • n senior In the United States, a student in the fourth year of the curriculum in colleges or seminaries; also, one in the last or most advanced year in certain professional schools; by extension, a student in the most advanced class in various institutions.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Senior sēn′yor elder: older in office
    • n Senior one older than another, the elder of two persons in one family bearing the same name: one older in office: an aged person: one of the older fellows of a college, a student in the fourth year of the curriculum
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Quotations

  • Henry David Thoreau
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    “I have lived some thirty-odd years on this planet, and I have yet to hear the first syllable of valuable or even earnest advice from my seniors.”
  • Dean Smith
    Dean Smith
    “The focus should be on the players. I'm here a long time. You can call me in the summer. Our seniors will be gone.”

Idioms

Senior moment - A memory lapse or a momentary confusion in someone who is no longer young is a senior moment.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. senior, compar. of senex, gen. senis, old. See Sir

Usage

In literature:

No, he just naturally didn't fit the part, and up to his senior year no fraternity had bid him.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
The junior shows deference to the senior; the senior shows consideration for him.
"The Armed Forces Officer" by U. S. Department of Defense
One senior Iraqi official estimated that official corruption costs Iraq $5-7 billion per year.
"The Iraq Study Group Report" by United States Institute for Peace
Not that the seniors were the happier for their exaltation.
"A Dixie School Girl" by Gabrielle E. Jackson
The idea of her insisting that her senior is more popular than my senior!
"Beatrice Leigh at College" by Julia Augusta Schwartz
He seemed more struck with the peculiarity of the senior partner's conduct; Andrew with its offensiveness.
"The Prodigal Father" by J. Storer Clouston
Who in London cares about senior wranglers and double-firsts?
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
It would not take me long to complete the work for the Senior year.
"Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall" by Jean K. Baird
But now that one of the Senior Form had taken up the baiting, Plunger had been compelled to give way to him.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
As he passed the three seniors he pulled a face of mock repentance.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
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In poetry:

All silent as the sheeted dead,
In spite of sneer and frown,
Fast by a gray-haired senior's side
He sat him boldly down.
"The Mysterious Visitor" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Ten years my senior, when my name
In Harvard's entrance-book was writ,
Her halls still echoed with the fame
Of you, her poet and her wit.
"To Holmes: On His Seventy-Fifth Birthday" by James Russell Lowell
Ah, notices are taken down,
And scorebooks stowed away,
And seniors grow tomorrow
From the juniors today,
And even swimming groups can fade,
Games mistresses turn grey.
"The School In August" by Philip Larkin
Then, it seemed, there approached from the northward
A senior soul-flame
Of the like filmy hue:
And he met them and spake: "Is it you,
O my men?" Said they, "Aye! We bear homeward and hearthward
To list to our fame!"
"The Souls Of The Slain." by Thomas Hardy
The curtain's up-we'll four engage;
Ambrose and Joe first tread the stage;
Two batchelors--two seniors rather,
Who liv'd in harmony together
Agreed like brother and like brother,
Though one was plumper than the other.
"The Wager" by William Hutton
There are two Mr. M—-lls, too, whom those that love reading
Through all that's unreadable, call very clever; —
And whreas M—-ll Senior makes war on good breeding,
M—-ll Junio makes war on all breeding whatever!
"Ode to the Goddess Ceres" by Thomas Moore

In news:

The Cook-off is open to area seniors and those people "not-quite-a-senior-but-wanting-to-compete" ages 55 and older.
CAC senior companion program volunteer Minnie Cutwright, who helps to care for other seniors, will receive an Empty Stocking Fund basket.
The Cook -off is open to area seniors and those people "not-quite-a-senior-but-wanting-to-compete" ages 55 and older.
Senior driving antique car hits senior in crosswalk.
TEMPERANCE — Five Bedford seniors who helped bring the volleyball program back to state prominence were honored on Senior Night Tuesday.
Marshall senior wide receiver Aaron Dobson was invited Thursday to participate in the Senior Bowl.
Mark Bugnaski / Gazette Mattawan High School senior Colin Rensch during the senior send off assembly Thursday.
A new warning for seniors about a possible scam involving the Meals on Wheels program at the Muskingum County Center for Seniors.
Delgado is a senior midfielder, and senior forward Emma Kopp is a fellow returning first team all-conference selection.
Brookdale Senior Living is undertaking two new initiatives aimed to improve its seniors housing facilities.
Ohio-based Health Care REIT announced an $845 million deal to acquire McLean's Sunrise Senior Living, which manages 300 senior living facilities in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, including 25 in the Washington region.
Headlining Bemidji's all conference picks were senior midfielder Isak Sommer and senior goalkeeper Connor McNallan.
Senior menus and events are published monthly in the Senior Sun.
Tualatin High School senior Melissa Aust,who joined Girl Scouts in kindergarten, has created a cookbook for the Tualatin School House Pantry to earn her Gold Award, the highest a Girl Scout senior can earn.
Tori Heffner and Joe Brownsberger, both seniors at Gov Mifflin, pose for pre-prom photos at the Mohnton home of Preeti Singh, a senior at Gov Mifflin.
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In science:

RS acknowledges support from a Curtin University senior research fellowship, and hospitality at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, Tsinghua University and the University of Sydney during part of this work.
Ultraluminous X-ray Sources in the Chandra and XMM-Newton Era
The X (3872) is by now the senior citizen of the charmonium exotics zoo.
Heavy Flavour Spectroscopy
For not too big systems, thermodynamic quantities can be studied in different statistical ensembles without approximation by direct diagonalization of the Hamiltonian in different seniority spaces.
Thermodynamics of small superconductors with fixed particle number
Moreover, since states with a different number of unpaired particles cannot be connected by the operator exp(−β ˆh), the problem is reduced to the diagonalization of block matrices for each allowed seniority I.
Thermodynamics of small superconductors with fixed particle number
The author of this article has taught senior (year 3) engineering thermodynamics for a number of years.
Teaching the third law of thermodynamics
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