|n.||1.||The whole duration of a being, whether animal, vegetable, or other kind; lifetime.|
|2.||That part of the duration of a being or a thing which is between its beginning and any given time; as, what is the present age of a man, or of the earth?|
|3.||The latter part of life; an advanced period of life; seniority; state of being old.|
|4.||One of the stages of life; |
|5.||Mature age; especially, the time of life at which one attains full personal rights and capacities; |
|6.||The time of life at which some particular power or capacity is understood to become vested; |
|7.||A particular period of time in history, as distinguished from others; |
|8.||A great period in the history of the Earth.|
|9.||A century; the period of one hundred years.|
|10.||The people who live at a particular period; hence, a generation.|
|11.||A long time.|
|12.||(poker) the right belonging to the player to the left of the dealer to pass the first round in betting, and then to come in last or stay out; also, the player holding this position; the eldest hand.|
|v. i.||1.||To grow aged; to become old; to show marks of age; |
|v. t.||1.||To cause to grow old; to impart the characteristics of age to; |
|Noun||1.||age - how long something has existed; "it was replaced because of its age"|
|2.||age - an era of history having some distinctive feature; "we live in a litigious age"|
Synonyms: historic period
|3.||age - a time in life (usually defined in years) at which some particular qualification or power arises; "she was now of school age"; "tall for his eld"|
|4.||age - 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"|
|5.||age - a prolonged period of time; "we've known each other for ages"; "I haven't been there for years and years"|
|Verb||1.||age - begin to seem older; get older; "The death of his wife caused him to age fast"|
|2.||age - grow old or older; "She aged gracefully"; "we age every day--what a depressing thought!"; "Young men senesce"|
|3.||age - make older; "The death of his child aged him tremendously"|
rejuvenate - make younger or more youthful; "The contact with his grandchildren rejuvenated him"
AGE. The time when the law allows persons to do acts which, for want of
years, they were prohibited from doing before. See Coop. Justin. 446.
2. For males, before they arrive at fourteen years they are said not to be of discretion; at that age they may consent to marriage and choose a guardian. Twenty-one years is full age for all private purposes, and the may then exercise their rights as citizens by voting for public officers; and are eligible to all offices, unless otherwise provided for in the constitution. At 25, a man may be elected a representative in Congress; at 30, a senator; and at 35, he may be chosen president of the United States. He is liable to serve in the militia from 18 to 45. inclusive, unless exempted for some particular reason.
3. As to females, at 12, they arrive at years of discretion and may consent to marriage; at 14, they may choose a guardian; and 21, as in males, is fun Age, when they may exercise all the rights which belong to their sex.
4. In England no one can be chosen member of parliament till he has attained 21 years; nor be ordained a priest under the age of 24; nor made a bishop till he has completed his 30th year. The age of serving in the militia is from 16 to 45 years.
5. By the laws of France many provisions are made in respect to age, among which are the following. To be a member of the legislative body, the person must have attained 40 years; 25, to be a judge of a tribunal de remiere instance; 27, to be its president, or to be judge or clerk of a court royale ; 30, to be its president or procurer general; 25, to be a justice of the peace; 30, to be judge of a tribunal of commerce, and 35, to be its president; 25, to be a notary public; 21, to be a testamentary witness; 30, to be a juror. At 16, a minor may devise one half of his, property as if he were a major. A male cannot contract marriage till after the 18th year, nor a female before full 15 years. At 21, both males and females are capable to perform all the act's of civil life. Toull. Dr. Civ. Fr. Liv. 1, Intr. n. 188.
6. In the civil law, the age of a man was divided as follows: namely, the infancy of males extended to the full accomplishment of the 14th year; at 14, he entered the age of puberty, and was said to have acquired full puberty at 18 years accomplished, and was major on completing his 25th year. A female was an infant til 7 years; at 12, she entered puberty, and acquired full puberty at 14; she became of fall age on completing her 25th year. Lecons Elem. du Dr. Civ. Rom. 22.
See Com. Dig. Baron and Feme, B 5, Dower, A, 3, Enfant, C 9, 10, 11, D 3, Pleader, 2 G 3, 2 W 22, 2 Y 8; Bac. Ab. Infancy and Age; 2 Vin. Ab. 131; Constitution of the United States; Domat. Lois Civ. tome 1, p. 10; Merlin, Repert. de Jurisp. mot Age; Ayl. Pand. 62; 1 Coke Inst. 78; 1 Bl. Com. 463. See Witness.