• WordNet 3.6
    • n maturation (medicine) the formation of morbific matter in an abscess or a vesicle and the discharge of pus
    • n maturation (biology) the process of an individual organism growing organically; a purely biological unfolding of events involved in an organism changing gradually from a simple to a more complex level "he proposed an indicator of osseous development in children"
    • n maturation coming to full development; becoming mature
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In a day, a mature oak tree can draw approximately 50 gallons of water
    • n Maturation The process of bringing, or of coming, to maturity; hence, specifically, the process of suppurating perfectly; the formation of pus or matter.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The nut "filbert" got its name from St. Philbert which is celebrated on August 22nd, which is also when the nut matures
    • n maturation The process of ripening or coming to maturity; a bringing to maturity; hence, a carrying out; consummation.
    • n maturation In medicine, a ripening or maturing, as of an abscess; formation of pus; suppuration.
    • n maturation In cytology and embryology, the final stage in the development of the germcells (ovum and spermatozoön). This stage is characterized by certain changes in the chromosomes, especially a reduction in their number to one half of that of the chromosomes in the somatic or body cells.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Average number of eggs laid by the female American Oyster per year: 500 million. Usually only one oyster out of the bunch reaches maturity.
    • Maturation a bringing or a coming to maturity: the process of suppurating fully
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  • Irish Proverb
    Irish Proverb
    “Twenty years a child; twenty years running wild; twenty years a mature man --and after that, praying.”
  • Tom Stoppard
    “Age is a high price to pay for maturity.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Maturity is that time when the mirrors in our mind turn to windows and instead of seeing the reflection of ourselves we see others.”
  • Robertson Davies
    “A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight.”
  • Chris Brasher
    Chris Brasher
    “Reliable office staff come in the shape of mature married women working from 9.30 to 3.30 (inside school hours) during which they will do more than the 9-5ers.”
  • Henri L. Bergson
    Henri L. Bergson
    “To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. maturatio, a hastening: cf. F. maturation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. maturārematurus, ripe.


In literature:

They do not mature yet, but it is expected that favorable years will mature these nuts.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Forty-Second Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
A slim little thing, perfectly formed and matured, and inches shorter than I.
"Tarrano the Conqueror" by Raymond King Cummings
The plan was at last fully matured.
"Peter the Great" by Jacob Abbott
His essays are intended for those who have at least some maturity of mind, and the will to think.
"Teachers' Outlines for Studies in English" by Gilbert Sykes Blakely
If the bride is mature she goes at once to her husband's house.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell
Under some of the roofs the corn was mature, the orange colored grains visible.
"Space Prison" by Tom Godwin
These plans, which were vague enough that night, matured fairly early in the morning.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
Trees that mature the crop of fruits or nuts late in the season may be less hardy than those that mature the crop early.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
Adult: the stage when an insect is sexually mature and ready to reproduce normally.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
Left to himself, the native cuts the plant at any period of its maturity.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman

In poetry:

Courage, young friend; the time may be
When you attain maturer age,
Some young as you are now may see
You with like ease glide down a page.
"The Young Letter Writer" by Charles Lamb
``Hence now, in gaze mature and wise,
Dwells scorn of praise, dwells scorn of blame;
Calm consciousness of surer prize
Than dying noise of living fame.
"At The Gate Of The Convent" by Alfred Austin
Enjoy your morn of early Spring;
Soon time maturer thoughts must bring;
Those hours, like flowers that interclimb,
Should not be withered ere their time.
"Sweet Sister" by Victor Marie Hugo
Little old women in plenty I find,
Mature in manners and old of mind;
Little old flirts who talk of their "beaux,"
And vie with each other in stylish clothes.
"Wanted--A Little Girl" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
The inner world rounded in my life like a fruit,
matured in joy and sorrow,
will drop into the darkness of the orogonal soil
for some further course of creation.
"Fireflies" by Rabindranath Tagore
Passage indeed, O soul, to primal thought!
Not lands and seas alone—thy own clear freshness,
The young maturity of brood and bloom;
To realms of budding bibles.
"Passage To India" by Walt Whitman

In news:

Decreased demand for paper mill cores in mature markets has made the market situation tighter — Mats Nordlander, EVP, Stora Enso Packaging Business Area.
Editor's note: This story and video contain mature subject matter.
She will explain why protein is so important to our maturing population.
The company says system builders in a mature notebook market no longer need the Verified by Intel initiative.
Most "mature" readers surely have heard the old saw about newlyweds, the first year of marriage, and a jar of nickels.
"Expect social CRM to split into several as the technologies mature," says one report author.
Religious education, moral maturation go together.
Green peppercorns come from the same plant as black ones, but are harvested before they mature.
Intertape Polymer extends ABL maturity to 2017.
The more seeds, the bigger the berry and the longer it takes to reach maturity.
Do girls grow up and lose their edge, while boys mature and gain theirs.
A college football fan accused of spiking mature oak trees with an herbicide in Birmingham, Ala. Was arrested at a Louisiana Lowe's store following an argument at the returns desk over a lawn mower refund.
With the adoption of SOAs moving beyond pilot stages, underlying Web services standards are also maturing.
Every spring, mature crabs shed their old shells and start growing bigger ones.
A starch scale specifically for Honeycrisp apples is now available for growers in Washington State to help them assess the fruit maturity.

In science:

A first order comparison between our research efforts in the implementation of a BLC in microdots and the one presented in Krist et al. (2009) can be initiated to further validate the maturity and validity of the approach.
Band-Limited Coronagraphs using a halftone-dot process: II. Advances and laboratory results for arbitrary telescope apertures
Nevertheless, the single-mask technique appears quite mature and was chosen for the production of our large prototypes.
Construction and Performance of Large-Area Triple-GEM Prototypes for Future Upgrades of the CMS Forward Muon System
Thanks to its high-level interactive nature and its maturing ecosystem of scientific libraries, it is an appealing choice for algorithmic development and exploratory data analysis (Dubois, 2007; Milmann and Avaizis, 2011).
Scikit-learn: Machine Learning in Python
One possibility is to test for the stationarity of the DAU of Zynga since it entered its maturation phase.
When games meet reality: is Zynga overvalued?
Aurora is a popular model for stream data, which has matured into a commercial product, i.e. the StreamBase engine.
Cloud and the City: Facilitating Flexible Access Control over Data Streams