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The duration of time a person has lived. Age is conventionally defined from the time of birth, which counts as zero, and is measured in completed years of life. For some purposes, age is ...

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Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619–1895: From the Colonial Period to the Age of Frederick Douglass

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, Regional and National History
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1,077 words

...expectancy for white males was forty-four. In 1860 less than 10 percent of slaves were over age fifty, 3.5 percent were over age sixty, and 1.2 percent were over age seventy. Much like the tax exemptions that slaveholders received on children from age zero to age ten, slaves above the age of fifty or sixty, depending on the state, also entitled owners to tax exemptions. Defenders of slavery claimed that one of the benefits of the system was the provision of care, attention, and regard for elderly slaves; in reality, the treatment of elderly slaves varied...

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The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature (3 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Literature, Classical studies
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13 words

... For age in the sense of era see Bronze age ; Mycenae ; calendars...

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Oxford Dictionary of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2008
Subject:
Science and technology, Life Sciences
Length:
6 words

... abbr. for advanced glycation product...

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The Oxford Companion to Wine (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015

... in a wine is not necessarily a virtue. See ageing . See also vine age...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Sports Science & Medicine (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2007

... 1 The period of time a person has lived. 2 A period or state of the human life cycle. See actuarial age , biological age , chronological age...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Idioms (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2020
Subject:
Language reference
Length:
138 words

... act your age : see act . the awkward age : see awkward . of a certain age used euphemistically to avoid specifying the age of someone (typically a woman) of middle age or beyond. 🅘 The phrase, first recorded in 1754 , may have been inspired by French d’un certain âge . 2003 Architectural Review Text…is in readable white sans-serif type…and, happily for potential clients of a certain age, it’s adjustable with the browser’s View/Text Size command. come of age 1 (of a person) reach adult status. 2 (of a movement or activity) become fully...

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013

... A word used in mythology, geology, archaeology, history and the like to denote a period of time marked by particular characteristics, e.g. Atomic Age, augustan age , dark ages , Elizabethan Age, golden age , ice age , Machine Age, middle ages , stone age . Hesiod (8th century bc ) names five ages: the Golden or patriarchal; the silver age or voluptuous; the Brazen, warlike and violent; the Heroic or renaissant; and the iron age or present, an age of misery and crime when justice and piety have vanished. Lucretius ( c. 94–55 bc ) distinguishes...

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A Dictionary of Geology and Earth Sciences (5 ed.)

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Current Version:
2020

... 1. The interval of geologic time equivalent to the chronostratigraphic unit ‘ stage ’. Ages are subdivisions of epochs and may themselves be subdivided into chrons . An age takes its name from the corresponding stage, so like the stage name it carries the suffix ‘-ian’ (or sometimes ‘-an’); the term ‘age’ is sometimes capitalized when used in this formal sense, e.g. ‘ Oxfordian Age’. 2. An informal term to denote a time span marked by some specific feature, e.g. ‘ Villafranchian mammalian age...

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A Dictionary of Epidemiology (6 ed.)

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Current Version:
2016

...Age The duration of time that a person has lived, conventionally measured in completed years of life. The WHO recommends that age should be defined by completed units of time, counting the day of birth as zero. In epidemiology age is a common independent variable, as well as a Confounder . It may be important to distinguish “Biological Age” from chronological age; for example, milestones of human growth and development such as onset of puberty or closure of epiphyses are delayed by malnutrition. 24 See also cohort analysis . ...

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Dictionary of the Social Sciences

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Current Version:
2002
Subject:
Social sciences
Length:
359 words

... Although the process of aging is a biological fact, the significance accorded different ages or stages of life is a cultural one and strongly reflects cultural differences. Age is a basic social category that shapes perceptions and nearly all forms of interpersonal interaction. Social research on the question of age reflects this centrality and shows a corresponding diversity. It deals with such issues as the historical evolution or cultural specificity of concepts of childhood; correlations between age and wealth, status, or power; gender-dependent forms of...

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A Dictionary of Weights, Measures, and Units

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Current Version:
2004

... geology . A smaller, informal unit in the context of the geochronologic scale , being usually less than an epoch, but used also to span...

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A Dictionary of Media and Communication (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2020
Subject:
Media studies
Length:
75 words

... 1. The amount of time someone (or something) has existed, or a stage in someone’s life ( age group ; see also age cohort ). A key feature in personal and social identity , a factor in affiliation , a demographic variable in research, and a basis for audience segmentation . 2. ( era ) A period in history widely regarded as having some distinguishing characteristic, such as the information age . ...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
History, Early history (500 CE to 1500)
Length:
575 words

...of one's prime and of decline, and old age; senectitude, however, was to be followed by the new morning, the age of the future life that shall have no evening. The six-age theory was widely accepted in the West, by Isidore of Seville among others. The Byz. knew the ancient seven-age theory but did not develop either it or Augustine's view. In their practical definitions the Byz. distinguished several ages of man: infancy, childhood , puberty or marriageable age (marked by separation of the sexes), and old age. They did not precisely define the different...

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The Oxford Companion to Australian History

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
Subject:
History, Regional and National History
Length:
156 words

...to one. Syme's sons continued the paper after his death in 1908 . The Age operated as a public company from 1945 . Ranald McDonald , managing editor and descendant of the Symes, and Graham Perkin , a notable liberal editor, presided over the newspaper's revival in the 1960s and 1970s. In 1983 the Age was taken over by the Fairfax group. A commemorative publication, The Age: 125th Anniversary , appeared in 1979 . Helen...

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A Dictionary of the Bible (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Religion
Length:
171 words

...future (1 Cor. 10: 11; Matt. 12: 32): thus, there are cares in the present age (Matt. 13: 22) and riches in the ages to come (Eph. 2: 7). It has sometimes been maintained that in the NT, especially in Luke–Acts, time since the * creation is regarded as divided into three ages—up to the coming of Jesus, the life and death of Jesus, and the continuing epoch of the...

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A Concise Companion to the Jewish Religion

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Religion
Length:
192 words

...mother, that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee’, remarks that it is undoubtedly true that care of aged parents can be a severe burden but in return the Torah promises longevity to those who shoulder the burden. A Talmudic saying has it that if the young tell you to build and the aged to destroy, listen to the aged; for the construction of the young is destruction, but the destruction of the aged is...

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2007
Subject:
Classical studies, History
Length:
342 words

... The division of life into age‐groups was prominent in antiquity, though there was disagreement over their precise identification. Pythagorean philosophers identified four, whereas Hippocratic writers ( see hippocrates  ) acknowledged seven ages of man, each seven years in length. Since adult society was primarily organized on a two‐generational principle, a threefold division probably served most practical purposes, namely boy, young man, old man. There were minimum age qualifications for administrative and executive posts. So an Athenian councillor had to...

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Robert S. J. Garland

The Oxford Classical Dictionary (4 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2012
Subject:
Classical studies, History
Length:
694 words

...judged to be strictly a function of ageing, as indicated by the fact that there were minimum age qualifications for administrative and executive posts. So an Athenian councillor had to be 30 years old, as, probably, did a Spartan ephor ( see also age classes ). Similarly the Roman cursus honorum or ladder of office prescribed minimum ages for all magistracies. Belief in the magical power inherent in certain numbers , notably seven and three, meant that certain ages were believed fraught with danger. Augustus is said to have expressed considerable relief...

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Robert S. J. Garland

The Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2014
Subject:
Classical studies, History
Length:
667 words

...judged to be strictly a function of ageing, as indicated by the fact that there were minimum age qualifications for administrative and executive posts. So an Athenian councillor had to be 30 years old, as, probably, did a Spartan ephor ( see also age classes ). Similarly the Roman cursus honorum or ladder of office prescribed minimum ages for all magistracies. Belief in the magical power inherent in certain numbers, notably seven and three, meant that certain ages were believed fraught with danger. Augustus is said to have expressed considerable relief...

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The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Literature
Length:
291 words

... , published in Melbourne since 1854 , was a liberal daily of world standard before 1900 and remains today one of Australia's leading newspapers. Founded by John and Henry Cooke , it was run as a co-operative venture, 1854–56 ; in 1856–57 and 1859–60 it was owned by Ebenezer and David Syme , in 1857–59 by Ebenezer, and in 1860–1908 it was under David's control. After his death the Age remained within the family until the Syme company became a public one in 1948 . In 1983 control of the Age passed to the Fairfax (see John and J. G....

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