• WordNet 3.6
    • adj old-world characteristic of former times especially in Europe "an old-world cottage"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The record for the world?s worst drivers is a toss-up between two candidates: First, a 75-year-old man who received 10 traffic tickets, drove on the wrong side of the road four times, committed four hit-and-run offenses, and caused six accidents, all within 20 minutes on October 15, 1966. Second, a 62-year-old woman who failed her driving test 40 times before passing it in August, 1970 (by that time, she had spent over $700 in lessons, and could no longer afford to buy a car)
    • old-world Of the ancient world; belonging to a prehistoric or far bygone age; antiquated; old-fashioned.
    • old-world Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the Old World (Europe, Asia, and Africa) as distinguished from the New World or America.
    • old-world Specifically, of or pertaining to the continents of the eastern hemisphere as known before the discovery of America; paleogean: as, the old-world apes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1831, Captain William Driver, a shipmaster from Salem, Massachusetts, left on one of his many world voyages. Friends presented him with a flag of 24 stars. As the banner opened to the ocean breeze, he exclaimed, "Old Glory." He kept his flag for many years, protecting it during the Civil War, until it was flown over the Tennessee capital. His "Old Glory" became a nickname for all American flags.
    • Old-world belonging to earlier times, antiquated, old-fashioned
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  • Seneca
    “There is nothing more despicable than an old man who has no other proof than his age to offer of his having lived long in the world.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “Old men are dangerous: it doesn't matter to them what is going to happen to the world.”
  • Tholuck
    “There is not a more repulsive spectacle than on old man who will not forsake the world, which has already forsaken him.”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    “Old books, you know well, are books of the world's youth, and new books are the fruits of its age.”
  • Quincy Jones
    Quincy Jones
    “Imagine what a harmonious world it could be if every single person, both young and old shared a little of what he is good at doing.”
  • Young
    “Faith builds the bridge from this old world to the new.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. eald; Dut. oud; Ger. alt.


In literature:

Old world wonder stories.
"Lists of Stories and Programs for Story Hours" by Various
Aside from its antiquity, its old-world streets and historic buildings are quite up to the best of the English cities.
"British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car" by Thomas D. Murphy
One thing's certain, old Pasqual is with his hopeful brother in another if not a better world.
"Foes in Ambush" by Charles King
Communication between the New and Old World was at that time, of course, slow and precarious in the extreme.
"South America" by W. H. Koebel
The Old World groans under old abuses, and wrongs, and injustices.
"Samantha at the World's Fair" by Marietta Holley
Each decadence of effete ideas carries with it an old world, and gives its name to a new order of civilisation.
"History of the Girondists, Volume I" by Alphonse de Lamartine
The sonnets of Michelangelo, recently given to the world, were written when he was nearly seventy years old.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 4 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
I've become a stray dog in this old world.
"The Hidden Places" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
Your Old World victor takes up the unfinished work left by generations of men.
"Heralds of Empire" by Agnes C. Laut
Much that was old-world and lovely has gone for ever, and day by day something more is disappearing.
"The Argosy" by Various

In poetry:

Old England's wisest, purest, and best,
Shall flock to this happier shore,—
And the good of the world from the east to the west
Shall be ours for evermore!
"Australia Emancipated. (A Ballad For Colonial Patriots)" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
I dreamed within a dream the sun was gold;
And as I walked beneath this golden sun,
The world was like a mighty play-room old,
Made for our pleasure since it was begun.
"Impersonality" by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop
There is never a thing we dream or do
But was dreamed and done in the ages gone;
Everything's old; there is nothing that's new,
And so it will be while the world goes on.
"Life" by Madison Julius Cawein
They tell me the story of Jesus is old,
And they ask that we preach something new;
They say that the Babe, and the Man of the cross,
For the wise of this world will not do.
"They Tell Me the Story of Jesus Is Old" by Daniel Webster Moody
Why should I care for the Ages
Because they are old and grey?
To me, like sudden laughter,
The stars are fresh and gay;
The world is a daring fancy,
And finished yesterday.
"A Novelty" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Keen in his blood ran the old mad desire
To right the world's wrongs and champion truth;
Deep in his eyes shone a heaven-lit fire,
And royal and radiant day-dreams of youth!
"The Knight-Errant" by Virna Sheard

In news:

Dutch traditions rooted in Old World .
Old-World Menswear at Millennial Speed.
Storm Damages Old World Wisconsin.
Take a step back in time at Old World Wisconsin.
Perkins' love of history showed at Old World Wisconsin.
Marty Perkins, longtime curator of research at Old World Wisconsin.
Fungi walk will sprout at Old World Wisconsin.
Technology Steps In to Aid an Old-World Craft.
Tellini's Italiano offers new taste of the Old World .
Part I.–The Old World (chaps.
Plymouth Canton Park team, Old World Olive Press team up for fundraiser.
Marvel at the Old World's Lavish Banquets.
This saucy Old World Spanish.
Luxuriating in 'Old World' Vienna.
New World, Old World winemakers have much to teach each other.

In science:

I’d like to give a more elaborate example to show how MDL can lead you to the correct variables with which to describe the world using an old and familiar vision problem: the stereo correspondence problem.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
As in an old oriental tale, Boris opened such a bottle, and freed the genie of Chaos, which spread the world over.
Classical Chaos and its Quantum Manifestations
Motivated in part by naturalness issues, numerous scenarios have emerged recently, that address the hierarchy problem within the context of the old idea that some part of the physical world (i.e. the SM-world) is confined to a brane in a higher dimensional space .
Probing Physics Beyond the SM at Tevatron
But the model of Barab´asi and Albert is intended to be a model of the World Wide Web, in which new links are often added to pre-existing Web sites, and old links are frequently moved or removed. A number of authors have proposed models that incorporate processes like these.
The structure and function of complex networks
Highlighting their cornerstones, it may be helpful for planning crucial tests and even directing the thinker to a novel idea. In world models, old and new alike, one may discern three cornerstones.
Practical cosmology and cosmological physics