|1.||the period of time that a person, animal, or plant has lived or is expected to live: the age of a tree; what age was he when he died?; the age of a horse is up to thirty years|
|2.||the period of existence of an object, material, group, etc: the age of this table is 200 years|
|3.||a. a period or state of human life: he should know better at his age; she had got beyond the giggly age|
|b. (as modifier): age group|
|4.||the latter part of life|
|5.||a. a period of history marked by some feature or characteristic; era|
|b. (capital when part of a name): the Middle Ages; the Space Age|
|6.||generation: the Edwardian age|
|a. a period of the earth's history distinguished by special characteristics: the age of reptiles|
|b. the period during which a stage of rock strata is formed; a subdivision of an epoch|
|8.||myth any of the successive periods in the legendary history of man, which were, according to Hesiod, the golden, silver, bronze, heroic, and iron ages|
|9.||informal (often plural) a relatively long time: she was an age washing her hair; I've been waiting ages|
|10.||psychol achievement age See also mental age the level in years that a person has reached in any area of development, such as mental or emotional, compared with the normal level for his chronological age|
|11.||age before beauty (often said humorously when yielding precedence) older people take precedence over younger people|
|12.||of age adult and legally responsible for one's actions (usually at 18 or, formerly, 21 years)|
|—vb , ages, ageing, aging, aged|
|13.||to grow or make old or apparently old; become or cause to become old or aged|
|14.||to begin to seem older: to have aged a lot in the past year|
|15.||brewing to mature or cause to mature|
|[C13: via Old French from Vulgar Latin aetatīcum (unattested), from Latin aetās, ultimately from aevum lifetime; compare |
|ageing or aging (ˈeɪdʒɪŋ)|
|1.||the process of growing old or developing the appearance and characteristics of old age|
|2.||the change of properties that occurs in some metals after heat treatment or cold working|
|3.||becoming or appearing older or elderly: an ageing car|
|4.||giving or creating the appearance of age or elderliness: that dress is really ageing on her|
|aging or aging|
The length of time that one has existed; duration of life. v.
To become old.
To manifest traits associated with old age.
aging ag·ing (ā'jĭng)
The process of growing old or maturing.
The gradual changes in the structure of a mature organism that occur normally over time and increase the probability of death.
used to denote the period of a man's life (Gen. 47:28), the maturity of life (John 9:21), the latter end of life (Job 11:17), a generation of the human race (Job 8:8), and an indefinite period (Eph. 2:7; 3:5, 21; Col. 1:26). Respect to be shown to the aged (Lev. 19:32). It is a blessing to communities when they have old men among them (Isa. 65:20; Zech. 8:4). The aged supposed to excel in understanding (Job 12:20; 15:10; 32:4, 9; 1 Kings 12:6, 8). A full age the reward of piety (Job 5:26; Gen. 15:15).