year

Definitions

  • 2000 YEARS OLD
    2000 YEARS OLD
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n year a body of students who graduate together "the class of '97","she was in my year at Hoehandle High"
    • n year the period of time that it takes for a planet (as, e.g., Earth or Mars) to make a complete revolution around the sun "a Martian year takes 687 of our days"
    • n year a period of time containing 365 (or 366) days "she is 4 years old","in the year 1920"
    • n year a period of time occupying a regular part of a calendar year that is used for some particular activity "a school year"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

PENTATEUCH, WRITTEN 3200 YEARS AGO PENTATEUCH, WRITTEN 3200 YEARS AGO
A sixteen year old volunteer A sixteen year old volunteer
Cold, winter, year. Apache Cold, winter, year. Apache
Some nails, spikes, staples, and other iron hardware used at Jamestown over 300 years ago Some nails, spikes, staples, and other iron hardware used at Jamestown over 300 years ago
A few buckles and buttons in the Jamestown collection. Many are over 300 years old A few buckles and buttons in the Jamestown collection. Many are over 300 years old
Making “trialls” of iron. Evidences of an earth oven or small furnace were discovered at Jamestown during archeological explorations. Small amounts of iron may have been smelted in the furnace during the early years of the settlement. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.) Making “trialls” of iron. Evidences of an earth oven or small furnace were discovered at Jamestown during...
In this oven a Jamestown woman baked bread over 300 years ago. It appears to have been in use between 1650 and 1690 In this oven a Jamestown woman baked bread over 300 years ago. It appears to have been in use between 1650 and 1690
Tools used in the cultivation of tobacco over 300 years ago. These tools—hoe, billhook, and cutting knives—were excavated at Jamestown Tools used in the cultivation of tobacco over 300 years ago. These tools—hoe, billhook, and cutting knives—were...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The youngest pope was 11 years old
    • Year Age, or old age; as, a man in years .
    • year See under Clock Day, etc.
    • Year The time in which any planet completes a revolution about the sun; as, the year of Jupiter or of Saturn.
    • Year The time of the apparent revolution of the sun trough the ecliptic; the period occupied by the earth in making its revolution around the sun, called the astronomical year; also, a period more or less nearly agreeing with this, adopted by various nations as a measure of time, and called the civil year; as, the common lunar year of 354 days, still in use among the Mohammedans; the year of 360 days, etc. In common usage, the year consists of 365 days, and every fourth year (called bissextile, or leap year) of 366 days, a day being added to February on that year, on account of the excess above 365 days (see Bissextile . "Of twenty year of age he was, I guess."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Denmark, people eat about 36 pounds of candy a year. The highest consumption of candy of any country
    • n year A full round of the seasons; the period of the earth's revolution round the sun; more accurately, the interval between one vernal equinox and the next, or one complete mean apparent circuit of the ecliptic by the sun, or mean motion through 360° of longitude. This is specifically the tropical year, which determines the sequence of the seasons (sometimes also called the astronomical or solar year). Its length is about 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, 46 seconds. Owing to the precession of the equinoxes, this is less than the length of the sidereal year, the true period of the sun's revolution, or his return to the same place in relation to the fixed stars, which is 365 days, 6 hours, 9 minutes, 9.3 seconds. See also style, n., 9. Abbreviated y., yr.
    • n year The time in which any planet completes a revolution round the sun: as, the year of Jupiter or of Saturn.
    • n year A space of about 365 days, used in the civil or religious reckoning of time; especially, the usual period of 365 or 366 days, divided into twelve calendar months, now reckoned as beginning with the 1st of January and ending with the 31st of December: as, the year 1891 (see legal year, below); also, a period of approximately the same length in other calendars. Compare calendar.
    • n year A space of twelve calendar months without regard to the point from which they are reckoned: as, he sailed on June 1st, and was absent just one year.
    • n year plural Period of life; age: as, he is very vigorous for his years: often used specifically to note old age. See in years, below.
    • n year The older plural year still remains in popular language: as, the horse is ten year old.
    • n year Incorrectly, a year of the Julian calendar.
    • n year part of the sovereign's prerogative in England, whereby he was entitled to the profits for a year and a day of the lands held by persons attainted of petty treason or felony, together with the right of wasting them, afterward restoring them to the lord of the fee. It was abolished by the Felony Act, 1870.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The dragonfly has not changed over the last 300 million years
    • n Year yēr a period of time determined by the revolution of the earth in its orbit, and embracing the four seasons, popularly a period beginning with 1st January and ending with 31st December, consisting of 365 days (excepting every fourth year, called 'bissextile' or 'leap-year,' in which one day is added to February, making the number 366)—the Calendar, Civil, Legal year: a space of twelve calendar months:
    • adj Year a year old
    • adv Year once a year: from year to year
    • n Year yēr (pl.) period of life, esp. age or old age
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Quotations

  • George William Curtis
    George William Curtis
    “Age is a matter of feeling, not of years.”
  • Ernest Meyers
    Ernest Meyers
    “Don't just count your years, make your years count.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    Abraham%20Lincoln
    “And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.”
  • Adlai E. Stevenson
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    “It is not the years in your life but the life in your years that counts!”
  • Wolfman Jack Smith
    Wolfman Jack Smith
    “Love is not a matter of counting the years -- it's making the years count.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Money can't buy health, happiness, or what it did last year.”

Idioms

Donkey's years - This idiom means 'a very long time'.
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For donkey's years - (UK) If people have done something, usually without much if any change, for an awfully long time, they can be said to have done it for donkey's years.
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In donkey's years - 'I haven't seen her in donkey's years.' - This means for a very long time.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. yer, yeer, ȝer, AS. geár,; akin to OFries. ir, gr, D. jaar, OHG. jār, G. jahr, Icel. ār, Dan. aar, Sw. år, Goth. jr, Gr. a season of the year, springtime, a part of the day, an hour, a year, Zend yāre, year. √4, 279. Cf. Hour Yore
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. geár, gér; Ger. jahr, Ice. ár, Gr. hōra, season.

Usage

In literature:

From the year 610 till the year 1840, or for a period of 1,200 years, new graves were continually made in this ground.
"The History of London" by Walter Besant
Year after year the course of study would be repeated.
"Tuskegee & Its People: Their Ideals and Achievements" by Various
My Lord, Miss Betty, she had a quantity of dem last year, but I ain' hear what de crop doin dis year.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Fifteen years after he sends in another 1000; and some years later another 500.
"Pioneers of Science" by Oliver Lodge
In the year 1701 he took his doctor's degree; and toward the latter end of that year King William died.
"Great Men and Famous Women, Vol. 7 of 8"
Such was the new world in which the Pope stood from the year 455; and he stood in it for three hundred years.
"The Formation of Christendom, Volume VI" by Thomas W. (Thomas William) Allies
The gintry will wait a year, three years, five years, seven years for rint.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Year after year the bill was defeated in the Legislature.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various
Never more than six Scholarships a year had been given and in 1718 the income was L31 a year.
"A History of Giggleswick School" by Edward Allen Bell
Year after year he worked at this task until finally each head of wheat actually did produce more grains.
"Modern Americans" by Chester Sanford
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In poetry:

One year,--one year,--one little year,
And so much gone!
And yet the even flow of life
Moves calmly on.
""Only A Year"" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
"Ten years ago was born in pain
A child, not now forlorn.
But oh, ten years ago, in vain,
A mother, a mother was born."
"Maternity" by Alice Meynell
I've pass'd here many a lonely year,
And never human voice have heard;
I've pass'd here many a lonely year,
A solitary man.
"The Shipwrecked Solitary's Song To The Night" by Henry Kirke White
Long ago, in Egypt, the strange kings grew older:
Year in and year out, and the spring's allures,
All these they knew and, ere their hearts grew
colder,
They loved, and we love, and Love endures.
"A Song Of Egypt" by Ethel Clifford
Yes! yes! I dare say it is so,
And you should be pitied, but how could I know,
Watching alone by the moon-lit bay;
But that is past for many a day,
For the woman that loved, died years ago,
Years ago.
"Autumn" by Marietta Holley
Ah! how sad to look before us,
Every year; While the cloud grows darker o'er us,
Every year;
When we see the blossoms faded, That to bloom we might have aided,
And immortal garlands braided, Every year.
"Every Year" by Albert Pike

In news:

For the third straight year, Southern Business & Development magazine recognized Louisiana as State of the Year in the South, but in 2011 Louisiana stands alone as State of the Year after tying Tennessee in each of the two prior years.
Authorities are searching for 27-year-old Roland Dow and 23-year-old Jessica Linscott, who are accused of assaulting Linscott's 3-year-old child.
The league's professional hockey writers have a difficult choice as they try to sort through which first-year player is deserving of this year's Calder Trophy for rookie of the year.
Today, July 18, at the Vista courthouse, a 61-year-old Carlsbad man admitted to molesting a 5-year-old girl on Dog Beach in Del Mar more than a year ago.
40-year-old Mohamed El Fechtali of Quebec, Canada allegedly tried to kidnap a 12-year old Munising girl last year.
A Fresno appellate court has denied a Mendota teenager's request for a new trial, but cut eight years from his prison sentence for murdering a 4-year-old neighbor three years ago.
Constables must be 24 years of age, a Kentucky citizen for two years, and have lived in their district for one year.
I feel like pens have been around for years and years and years.
The 53-year-old man police say robbed the Tower Credit Union in Wausau in January, will spend 15 years in prison and 10 years on extended supervision.
Sanibel-Captiva Kiwanis is proud to offer scholarships of $3,000 per year for a maximum of four years, in addition to several other one year programs in varying amounts.
Tom Verducci on who should be worried this year about this year's Year After Effect.
It was dedicated to Ron and Becky Bramlage and their four children- 15-year-old Brandon, 13-year-old Boston,11-year-old Beau and 8-year-old Roxanne.
Milligan identified the three people who were killed as 26-year-old Josimar Rojas, 35-year-old Irene Cardenas and 34-year-old Susana Perez-Ruelas.
I think we played hard all year, I think we competed all year, I think we played close all year.
A 23-year-old West Warwick man has been sentenced to three years in prison in connection with a drag race on Interstate 95 that killed his friend two years ago.
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In science:

Dispersion spectra with δ = 0.3 years (thin line) and δ = 0.4 years (thick line).
Bias and consistency in time delay estimation methods: case of the double quasar HE 1104-1805
Fig. 6.5 shows the likelihood distributions for background and tau events assuming five years running of CNGS (total exposure of 7.6 kton × year for events occurring inside the fiducial volume).
Study of accelerator neutrino interactions in a liquid argon TPC
The data used by Splaver et al. (2005) span 12 years (though with a 4 year gap), allowing compensation for timing noise.
Precision Astrometry with the Very Long Baseline Array: Parallaxes and Proper Motions for 14 Pulsars
Model 9 enables us to make inference of the transition matrices, as well as the corresponding estimated errors year by year.
Interpreting self-organizing maps through space--time data models
If we calculate ˆc using, say, a 10 year mean or a 30 year linear trend, then it is easy enough to estimate this variance using standard statistical formulae.
Improving the expected accuracy of forecasts of future climate using a simple bias-variance tradeoff
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