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age bracket

  • noun a group of people having approximately the same age
    cohort; age bracket.
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age class

  • noun people in the same age range
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age group

  • noun a group of people having approximately the same age
    cohort; age bracket.
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age limit

  • noun regulation establishing the maximum age for doing something or holding some position
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age norm

  • noun the average age at which particular performances are expected to appear
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Age of a tide

  • the time from the origin of a tide in the South Pacific Ocean to its arrival at a given place.
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  • noun the minimum age for marrying without parental consent or the minimum age for consensual sexual relations; intercourse at an earlier age can result in a charge of assault or statutory rape; the age differs in different states of the Union
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age of fishes

  • noun from 405 million to 345 million years ago; preponderance of fishes and appearance of amphibians and ammonites
    Devonian period; Devonian.
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age of mammals

  • noun approximately the last 63 million years
    Cenozoic; Cenozoic era.
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age of man

  • noun last 2 million years
    Quaternary period; Quaternary.
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age of reason

  • noun a movement in Europe from about 1650 until 1800 that advocated the use of reason and individualism instead of tradition and established doctrine
    Enlightenment.
    • the Enlightenment brought about many humanitarian reforms
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age of reptiles

  • noun from 230 million to 63 million years ago
    Mesozoic era; Mesozoic.
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age-old

  • adjective satellite belonging to or lasting from times long ago
    antique.
    • age-old customs
    • the antique fear that days would dwindle away to complete darkness
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  • adjective satellite changing (increasing or decreasing) as an individual's age increases
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  • noun macular degeneration that is age-related
    AMD.
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Archeological ages

  • are designated as three: The Stone age (the early and the later stone age, called paleolithic and neolithic), the Bronze age, and the Iron age. During the Age of Stone man is supposed to have employed stone for weapons and implements.
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Augustan age

  • of any national literature, the period of its highest state of purity and refinement; so called because the reign of Augustus Cæsar was the golden age of Roman literature. Thus the reign of Louis XIV. (b. 1638) has been called the Augustan age of French literature, and that of Queen Anne (b. 1664) the Augustan age of English literature.
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Azoic age

  • (Geol.), the age preceding the existence of animal life, or anterior to the paleozoic tome. Azoic is also used as a noun, age being understood. See Archæan, and Eozoic.
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bone age

  • noun a person's age measured by matching their bone development (as shown by X rays) with bone development of an average person of known chronological age
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Brazen age

  • . (a) (Myth.) The age of war and lawlessness which succeeded the silver age. (b) (Archæol.) See under Bronze.
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Bronze age

  • noun (archeology) a period between the Stone and Iron Ages, characterized by the manufacture and use of bronze tools and weapons
  • noun (classical mythology) the third age of the world, marked by war and violence
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  • an age of the world which followed the stone age, and was characterized by the use of implements and ornaments of copper or bronze.
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Carboniferous age

  • (Geol.), the age immediately following the Devonian, or Age of fishes, and characterized by the vegatation which formed the coal beds. This age embraces three periods, the Subcarboniferous, the Carboniferous, and Permian. See Age of acrogens, under Acrogen.
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chronological age

  • noun age measured by the time (years and months) that something or someone has existed
    • his chronological age was 71 years
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come of age

  • verb reach a certain age that marks a transition to maturity
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dark ages

  • noun the period of history between classical antiquity and the Italian Renaissance
    Dark Ages.
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developmental age

  • noun a measure of a child's development (in body size or motor skill or psychological function) expressed in terms of age norms
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Devonian age

  • (Geol.), the age next older than the Carboniferous and later than the Silurian; called also the Age of fishes. The various strata of this age compose the Devonian formation or system, and include the old red sandstone of Great Britain. They contain, besides plants and numerous invertebrates, the bony portions of many large and remarkable fishes of extinct groups. See the Diagram under Geology.
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drinking age

  • noun the age at which is legal for a person to buy alcoholic beverages
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elizabethan age

  • noun a period in British history during the reign of Elizabeth I in the 16th century; an age marked by literary achievement and domestic prosperity
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eolithic age

  • noun the earliest part of the Stone Age marked by the earliest signs of human culture
    Eolithic.
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Fabulous age

  • that period in the history of a nation of which the only accounts are myths and unverified legends; as, the fabulous age of Greek and Rome.
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fertilization age

  • noun the age of an embryo counting from the time of fertilization
    fertilization age; fetal age.
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fetal age

  • noun the age of an embryo counting from the time of fertilization
    fertilization age; fetal age.
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Flint age

  • . (Geol.) Same as Stone age, under Stone.
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Full age

  • (Law) the age at which one attains full personal rights; majority; in England and the United States the age of 21 years. Abbott.
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gestational age

  • noun the age of an embryo counting from the time of fertilization
    fertilization age; fetal age.
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Golden age

  • noun a time period when some activity or skill was at its peak
    • it was the golden age of cinema
  • noun any period (sometimes imaginary) of great peace and prosperity and happiness
  • noun (classical mythology) the first and best age of the world, a time of ideal happiness, prosperity, and innocence; by extension, any flourishing and outstanding period
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  • . (a) The fabulous age of primeval simplicity and purity of manners in rural employments, followed by the silver, bronze, and iron ages. Dryden. (b) (Roman Literature) The best part (B. C. 81 A. D. 14) of the classical period of Latinity; the time when Cicero, Cæsar, Virgil, etc., wrote . Hence: (c) That period in the history of a literature, etc., when it flourishes in its greatest purity or attains its greatest glory; as, the Elizabethan age has been considered the golden age of English literature.
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Ice age

  • noun any period of time during which glaciers covered a large part of the earth's surface
    glacial epoch; glacial period.
    • the most recent ice age was during the Pleistocene
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  • (Geol.), the glacial epoch or period. See under Glacial.
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information age

  • noun a period beginning in the last quarter of the 20th century when information became easily accessible through publications and through the manipulation of information by computers and computer networks
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Iron age

  • noun (archeology) the period following the Bronze Age; characterized by rapid spread of iron tools and weapons
  • noun (classical mythology) the last and worst age of the world
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  • . (a) (Myth.) The age following the golden, silver, and bronze ages, and characterized by a general degeneration of talent and virtue, and of literary excellence. In Roman literature the Iron Age is commonly regarded as beginning after the taking of Rome by the Goths, A. D. 410. (b) (Archæol.) That stage in the development of any people characterized by the use of iron implements in the place of the more cumbrous stone and bronze.
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jazz age

  • noun the 1920s in the United States characterized in the novels of F. Scott Fitzgerald as a period of wealth, youthful exuberance, and carefree hedonism
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Lawful age

  • the age when the law recognizes one's right of independent action; majority; generally the age of twenty-one years.
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  • noun the age at which persons are considered competent to manage their own affairs
    majority.
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mental age

  • noun the level of intellectual development as measured by an intelligence test
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mesolithic age

  • noun middle part of the Stone Age beginning about 15,000 years ago
    Epipaleolithic; Mesolithic.
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middle age

  • noun the time of life between youth and old age (e.g., between 40 and 60 years of age)
    middle age.
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middle ages

  • noun the period of history between classical antiquity and the Italian Renaissance
    Dark Ages.
  • noun the time of life between youth and old age (e.g., between 40 and 60 years of age)
    middle age.
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middle-age

Mid"dle-age`
Etymology
Middle + age. Cf. Mediæval.
Definitions
  1. Of or pertaining to the Middle Ages; mediæval.
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middle-aged

  • adjective satellite being roughly between 45 and 65 years old
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Mid"dle-aged` adjective
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  1. Being about the middle of the ordinary age of man; between 30 and 50 years old. now considered as 40 to 60 [MW10]!!
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middle-aged man

  • noun a man who is roughly between 45 and 65 years old
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Moon's age

  • the time that has elapsed since the last preceding conjunction of the sun and moon.
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neolithic age

  • noun latest part of the Stone Age beginning about 10,000 BC in the Middle East (but later elsewhere)
    Neolithic Age; Neolithic.
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new stone age

  • noun latest part of the Stone Age beginning about 10,000 BC in the Middle East (but later elsewhere)
    Neolithic Age; Neolithic.
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of age

  • adjective satellite having attained a specific age; (`aged' is pronounced as one syllable)
    aged.
    • aged ten
    • ten years of age
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Old age

  • noun a late time of life
    geezerhood; age; eld; years.
    • old age is not for sissies
    • he's showing his years
    • age hasn't slowed him down at all
    • a beard white with eld
    • on the brink of geezerhood
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  • advanced years; the latter period of life.
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old-age insurance

  • noun insurance paid to the elderly
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old-age pension

  • noun a monthly payment made to someone who is retired from work
    retirement fund; superannuation; retirement benefit; retirement check; retirement pension.
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old-age pensioner

  • noun an old person who receives an old-age pension
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paleolithic age

  • noun second part of the Stone Age beginning about 750,00 to 500,000 years BC and lasting until the end of the last ice age about 8,500 years BC
    Palaeolithic; Paleolithic.
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Reptilian age

  • (Geol.), that part of geological time comprising the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods, and distinguished as that era in which the class of reptiles attained its highest expansion; called also the Secondary or Mezozoic age.
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school-age child

  • noun a young person attending school (up through senior high school)
    pupil; schoolchild.
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Secondary age

  • . (Geol.) The Mesozoic age, or age before the Tertiary. See Mesozoic, and Note under Age, n., 8.
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Silver age

  • noun (classical mythology) the second age of the world, characterized by opulence and irreligion; by extension, a period secondary in achievement to a golden age
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  • (Roman Lit.), the latter part (a. d. 14-180) of the classical period of Latinity, the time of writers of inferior purity of language, as compared with those of the previous golden age, so-called.
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small-for-gestational-age infant

  • noun an infant whose size and weight are considerably less than the average for babies of the same age
    SGA infant.
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space age

  • noun the age beginning with the first space travel; from 1957 to the present
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Stone age

  • noun (archeology) the earliest known period of human culture, characterized by the use of stone implements
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  • a supposed prehistoric age of the world when stone and bone were habitually used as the materials for weapons and tools; called also flint age. The bronze age succeeded to this.
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Tertiary age

  • . (Geol.) See under Age, 8.
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under-age

Un"der-age` adjective
Definitions
  1. Not having arrived at adult age, or at years of discretion; hence, raw; green; immature; boyish; childish. Obs.
    I myself have loved a lady, and pursued her with a great deal of under-age protestation. J. Webster.
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victorian age

  • noun a period in British history during the reign of Queen Victoria in the 19th century; her character and moral standards restored the prestige of the British monarchy but gave the era a prudish reputation
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voting age

  • noun the age at which a person is old enough to vote in public elections
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youth-on-age

  • noun vigorous perennial herb with flowers in erect racemes and having young plants develop at the junction of a leaf blade and the leafstalk
    piggyback plant; pickaback plant; Tolmiea menziesii.
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"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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