• Middle-aged Novice
    Middle-aged Novice
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj aged (used of tobacco) aging as a preservative process (`aged' is pronounced as one syllable)
    • adj aged of wines, fruit, cheeses; having reached a desired or final condition; (`aged' pronounced as one syllable) "mature well-aged cheeses"
    • adj aged 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 aged having attained a specific age; (`aged' is pronounced as one syllable) "aged ten","ten years of age"
    • adj aged at an advanced stage of erosion (pronounced as one syllable) "aged rocks"
    • n aged people who are old collectively "special arrangements were available for the aged"
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AGE 3. AGE 17. AGE 25 AGE 3. AGE 17. AGE 25
AGE 40 AGE 40
AGE 17 AGE 17
AGE 19 AGE 19
AGE 14 AGE 14
AGE 16 AGE 16

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: To make butter more attractive in colour, carrot juice was used by people in the Middle Ages
    • Aged Belonging to old age. "Aged cramps."
    • Aged Having a certain age; at the age of; having lived; as, a man aged forty years.
    • Aged Old; having lived long; having lived almost to or beyond the usual time allotted to that species of being; as, an aged man; an aged oak.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: People over the age of fifty will start to lose their dislike for foods that taste bitter
    • aged Old; having lived or existed long; having reached an advanced period of life: as, an aged man; an aged oak.
    • aged Of the age of: as, a man aged forty years.
    • aged Pertaining to or characteristic of old age.
    • aged Synonyms Aged, Elderly, Old, Ancient. Old is the general word for being near to the natural end, or having nearly reached the usual period, of life: as, a cat is old at twelve years. Elderly is rather old, beginning to be old. Aged is very old. Ancient is so old as to seem to belong to a past age. (See other comparisons under ancient.)
    • aged In geology, approaching peneplanation: said of the topography of a greatly denuded region.
    • aged Of a horse, arrived at the age when the ‘pit’ or ‘mark’ on the front teeth has been obliterated by the gradual wearing away of the crown. This change usually occurs in the eighth or ninth year; but under racing rules a ‘running’ horse (as distinct from a trotting horse) is said to be aged when he is more than seven years old.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: From the age of thirty, humans gradually begin to shrink in size
    • adj Aged (āj′ed) advanced in age: having a certain age
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  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Age. That period of life in which we compound for the vices that remain by reviling those we have no longer the vigor to commit.”
  • Rita Mae Brown
    Rita Mae Brown
    “I believe the true function of age is memory. I'm recording as fast as I can.”
  • Robert Browning
    “What's a man's age? He must hurry more, that's all; Cram in a day, what his youth took a year to hold.”
  • Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
    “It is not by the gray of the hair that one knows the age of the heart.”
  • Billie Burke
    Billie Burke
    “Age doesn't matter, unless you're cheese.”
  • Billie Burke
    Billie Burke
    “Age is something that doesn't matter, unless you are a cheese”


Age before beauty - When this idiom is used, it is a way of allowing an older person to do something first, though often in a slightly sarcastic way.
All ages and stripes - A shorthand for expressing a diversity of folks in a group
Come of age - When something comes of age it develops completely and reaches maturity. When someone comes of age, they reach adulthood or fulfill their potential.
Coon's age - (USA) A very long time, as in 'I haven't seen her in a coon's age!'
In a coon's age - A long time. Example: I haven't seen her in a coon's age.
In a dog's age - I you haven't done something in a dog's age, you haven't done it for a very long time.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. edage (Fr. âge)—L. ætas = ævitas—L. ævum, age; cog. with Ever.


In literature:

So had it always been, for ages and ages; so must it ever be.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 3 of 8" by Various
The age of finery has gone, and the age of rags has come.
"True to His Home" by Hezekiah Butterworth
The =gills= are crowded, first white, then pink, and in age blackish brown.
"Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc." by George Francis Atkinson
During the same year he died at the age of seventy-one.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Both the young king and his brother at this early age had acquired a very remarkable degree of courtly grace.
"Louis XIV., Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
And he meant his poem to be the vehicle of them, and the record to all ages of the folly and selfishness with which he saw men governed.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07" by Various
General summary of education during the Middle Ages.
"History of Education" by Levi Seeley
Now you will scarcely find one in a thousand among the men of our age who, at the age of thirty, has not known woman.
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
The most appropriate age for contracting a marriage, Plato in his Republic fixes, for girls, at twenty, for men, at thirty.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
The terms which are delicate in one age become gross in the next.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay

In poetry:

Lovingly scanned it
With age-dimmed eyes,
Saw in his pipe-smoke
Pictures rise —
"Portrait Of A Lady-2" by Cicely Fox Smith
Jupiter, Aged Diety
Apollo, Aged Diety
Mars, Aged Diety
Diana, Aged Diety
"Thespis: Act II" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Gray grows thy count'nance,
Full of the ages;
Time on thy forehead
Sits like a dream:
"England My Mother" by William Watson
Senescence begins
And middle age ends
The day your descendents
Outnumber your friends.
"Crossing The Border" by Ogden Nash
Room in all the ages
For our love to grow,
Prayers of both demanded
A little while ago:
"The Pity Of It " by Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel
Women, children came--
Men from age to youth,
Gave their evil guest
Bloody feast in truth!
"To Russia" by Ivan Nikitin

In news:

Writer Shulamith Firestone, who published her influential "The Dialectic of Sex" at age 25 and then retreated into isolation and mental illness, has died at age 67.
Writer Shulamith Firestone , who published her influential "The Dialectic of Sex" at age 25 and then retreated into isolation and mental illness, has died at age 67.
Elks Lodge #1545, 5-7pm, adults/take-outs $10, under age 11 $5, under age 5 free.
Dr Mickelson will describe geological features along many segments of the Ice Age Trail and at several of the nine National Ice Age Scientific Reserve sites.
Dancing since the age of 2, acting since the age of 5 and modeling since the age of 7, Danielle Gilman has succeeded even her own career expectations.
Susan Jacoby takes on the old-age deniers in Never Say Die: The Myth and Marketing of the New Old Age.
Researchers in Denmark analyzed data from a large study on heart disease , looking for a link between visible signs of aging and an aging heart.
A new study finds that if you look old for your age, it could signal that your heart is aging too quickly as well.
Indirect hernias can occur at any age, but direct hernias are more common in middle age and elderly men.
In a release, hospital officials cite a rise in flu cases among school-aged children as a reason behind the age restriction.
The aging Boston Celtics (and you can't mention the Celtics these days without using the term "aging") have defied expectations and now have the Miami Heat on the verge of elimination.
So when the opportunity came up to join the popular " Ice Age " franchise with the fourth film in the series " Ice Age .
Many middle-age d adults are finding themselves caring and supporting two generations- their children and their aging parents.
But instead of getting older quietly, Cohen decided to write a biography of middle age in her first book, In Our Prime: The Invention of Middle Age (Scribner).
Hairless, Middle-Aged Apes Still Middle-Aged Apes.

In science:

If we take the average period of the recycled pulsars in 47 Tuc as ∼4 ms, and the average X-ray luminosity Lx ∼ 3 1030 erg s−1 , the characteristic age τc ≡ P /(2 ˙P ) is comparable to the age of the cluster.
X-ray sources in globular clusters
Empirical determination of the age range for C star formation has been hampered by the lack of massive (≫ 103 M⊙ ) intermediate-age star clusters in the galaxy, and the age gap in Large Magellanic Cloud clusters between 3 and 9 Gyr (Marigo et al. 1996).
An Upper Limit to the Age of the Galactic Bar
In summary, all empirical age estimates for IR C stars indicate ages less than about 3 Gyr.
An Upper Limit to the Age of the Galactic Bar
Because the OH/IR stars yield a similar age to the IR C stars, even a catastrophic misjudgment of the C star fraction in Figure 1b does not invalidate our bar age limit.
An Upper Limit to the Age of the Galactic Bar
Globular cluster magnitudes are taken from Harris (1996), with ages from Buonanno et al. (1998); MC and open cluster magnitudes are derived from SIMBAD data; their ages are from the recent literature, relying primarily on Piatti et al. (2002), Nishida et al. (2000), and Sara jedini (1999).
An Upper Limit to the Age of the Galactic Bar