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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
old age
▪ She's a little forgetful, but that comes with old age.
▪ Coping with life in old age without drink may require an entirely new and improved self-image.
▪ Meat did not have a place in the diet, except in old age.
▪ Researchers have, very largely, identified loneliness as a problem of old age.
▪ The inequality in life chances has therefore intentionally been reinforced in old age.
▪ This indicates that drinking is often a response to an inability to cope with the many losses of old age.
▪ We have old age pensions; but they are not sufficient.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Old age

Old \Old\, a. [Compar. Older; superl. Oldest.] [OE. old, ald, AS. ald, eald; akin to D. oud, OS. ald, OFries. ald, old, G. alt, Goth. alpeis, and also to Goth. alan to grow up, Icel. ala to bear, produce, bring up, L. alere to nourish. Cf. Adult, Alderman, Aliment, Auld, Elder.]

  1. Not young; advanced far in years or life; having lived till toward the end of the ordinary term of living; as, an old man; an old age; an old horse; an old tree.

    Let not old age disgrace my high desire.
    --Sir P. Sidney.

    The melancholy news that we grow old.

  2. Not new or fresh; not recently made or produced; having existed for a long time; as, old wine; an old friendship. ``An old acquaintance.''

  3. Formerly existing; ancient; not modern; preceding; original; as, an old law; an old custom; an old promise. ``The old schools of Greece.''
    --Milton. ``The character of the old Ligurians.''

  4. Continued in life; advanced in the course of existence; having (a certain) length of existence; -- designating the age of a person or thing; as, an infant a few hours old; a cathedral centuries old.

    And Pharaoh said unto Jacob, How old art thou?
    --Cen. xlvii. 8.

    Note: In this use old regularly follows the noun that designates the age; as, she was eight years old.

  5. Long practiced; hence, skilled; experienced; cunning; as, an old offender; old in vice.

    Vane, young in years, but in sage counsel old.

  6. Long cultivated; as, an old farm; old land, as opposed to new land, that is, to land lately cleared.

  7. Worn out; weakened or exhausted by use; past usefulness; as, old shoes; old clothes.

  8. More than enough; abundant. [Obs.]

    If a man were porter of hell gate, he should have old turning the key.

  9. Aged; antiquated; hence, wanting in the mental vigor or other qualities belonging to youth; -- used disparagingly as a term of reproach.

  10. Old-fashioned; wonted; customary; as of old; as, the good old times; hence, colloquially, gay; jolly.

  11. Used colloquially as a term of cordiality and familiarity. ``Go thy ways, old lad.'' --Shak. Old age, advanced years; the latter period of life. Old bachelor. See Bachelor,

    1. Old Catholics. See under Catholic.

      Old English. See under English. n.,

    2. Old Nick, Old Scratch, the devil. Old lady (Zo["o]l.), a large European noctuid moth ( Mormo maura). Old maid.

      1. A woman, somewhat advanced in years, who has never been married; a spinster.

      2. (Bot.) A West Indian name for the pink-flowered periwinkle ( Vinca rosea).

      3. A simple game of cards, played by matching them. The person with whom the odd card is left is the old maid. Old man's beard. (Bot.)

        1. The traveler's joy ( Clematis Vitalba). So named from the abundant long feathery awns of its fruit.

        2. The Tillandsia usneoides. See Tillandsia. Old man's head (Bot.), a columnar cactus ( Pilocereus senilis), native of Mexico, covered towards the top with long white hairs. Old red sandstone (Geol.), a series of red sandstone rocks situated below the rocks of the Carboniferous age and comprising various strata of siliceous sandstones and conglomerates. See Sandstone, and the Chart of Geology. Old school, a school or party belonging to a former time, or preserving the character, manner, or opinions of a former time; as, a gentleman of the old school; -- used also adjectively; as, Old-School Presbyterians. Old sledge, an old and well-known game of cards, called also all fours, and high, low, Jack, and the game. Old squaw (Zo["o]l.), a duck ( Clangula hyemalis) inhabiting the northern parts of both hemispheres. The adult male is varied with black and white and is remarkable for the length of its tail. Called also longtailed duck, south southerly, callow, hareld, and old wife. Old style. (Chron.) See the Note under Style. Old Testament. See Old Testament under Testament, and see tanak. Old wife. [In the senses b and c written also oldwife.]

          1. A prating old woman; a gossip.

            Refuse profane and old wives' fables.
            --1 Tim. iv. 7.

          2. (Zo["o]l.) The local name of various fishes, as the European black sea bream ( Cantharus lineatus), the American alewife, etc.

        3. (Zo["o]l.) A duck; the old squaw.

          Old World, the Eastern Hemisphere.

          Syn: Aged; ancient; pristine; primitive; antique; antiquated; old-fashioned; obsolete. See Ancient.

old age

n. The latter part of life, the part of life after one's prime.

old age

n. a late time of life; "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" [syn: years, age, eld, geezerhood]

Old age

Old age refers to ages nearing or surpassing the life expectancy of human beings, and is thus the end of the human life cycle. Terms and euphemisms for old people include, old people (worldwide usage), seniors (American usage), senior citizens (British and American usage), older adults (in the social sciences), the elderly, and elders (in many cultures —including the cultures of aboriginal people).

Old people often have limited regenerative abilities and are more susceptible to disease, syndromes, and sickness than younger adults. The organic process of ageing is called senescence, the medical study of the aging process is called gerontology, and the study of diseases that afflict the elderly is called geriatrics. The elderly also face other social issues around retirement, loneliness, and ageism.

The chronological age denoted as "old age" varies culturally and historically. Thus, old age is a " social construct" rather than a definite "biological stage".

There is currently no United Nations human rights convention that specifically protects older persons, however one has been proposed and is under discussion

Old Age (song)

"Old Age" is a song written and composed by Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, which was later re-written and re-recorded by his wife, Courtney Love, and her band Hole.

Although Nirvana's and Hole's renditions of the song share the same title and melody, the lyrics used in Hole's version are entirely different from those used in the original Nirvana recording.

Old Age (disambiguation)

Old Age may refer to:

old age

  • Old Age (song), song by Hole
  • "Old Age", Louis Jordan
  • "Old Age", B-side to Let's Party (Rhinoceros song)
  • "Old Age", comedy sketch recorded by Phyllis Diller

Usage examples of "old age".

At last, by the means and mediation of Queen Katherine the king's wrath was qualified, and his pardon sealed, and he spent his old age in peace, at a house of his own, not far from Nottingham, being generally beloved and respected by all.

She had accepted this submergence as philosophically as all her other trials, and now, in extreme old age, was rewarded by presenting to her mirror an almost unwrinkled expanse of firm pink and white flesh, in the centre of which the traces of a small face survived as if awaiting excavation.

The growing remoteness of old age, though it had not diminished her curiosity about her neighbours, had blunted her never very lively compassion for their troubles.

It was just as likely that he would stumble upon Sari as that he should find Lo-har, but he could not simply remain where he was waiting for death by accident or old age.

Being now free from the charge of his daughter, he determined to visit Germany, and, if circumstances were propitious, to secure a refuge for his old age in his favorite Leipsic.

And this is how it came about that the cautious old Squire Montague was drawn into this young fellow's speculation, and began to have his serene old age disturbed by anxieties and by the hope of a great stroke of luck.

And now that five-and-fifty years were gone, she spoke of the dead man as if he had been her son or grandson, with a kind of pity for his youth, growing out of her own old age, and an exalting of his strength and manly beauty as compared with her own weakness and decay.

Or else, were you going to say') We're getting feisty in our old age, aren't we?

Maybe I'm getting softheaded in my old age, but I'd like to think we'd take better care of somebody we promised we'd make a part owner of the casino.

A claim which was immediately followed by sour grumbling that in his old age he'd clearly gotten senile.

That, in my old age, God would place me before that same choice he gave Becket.