infancy


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in·fan·cy

 (ĭn′fən-sē)
n. pl. in·fan·cies
1. The earliest period of childhood, especially before the ability to walk has been acquired.
2. The state of being an infant.
3. An early stage of existence: Space exploration is still in its infancy.
4. Law The state or period of being a minor.

infancy

(ˈɪnfənsɪ)
n, pl -cies
1. the state or period of being an infant; childhood
2. an early stage of growth or development
3. infants collectively
4. (Law) the period of life prior to attaining legal majority (reached at 21 under common law, at 18 by statute); minority nonage

in•fan•cy

(ˈɪn fən si)

n., pl. -cies.
1. the state or period of being an infant; very early childhood; babyhood.
2. the corresponding period in the existence of anything; very early stage: Space science is in its infancy.
3. infants collectively.
4. Law. the period of life to the age of majority, usu. 18; minority.
[1485–95; < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.infancy - the early stage of growth or developmentinfancy - the early stage of growth or development
time of life - a period of time during which a person is normally in a particular life state
oral phase, oral stage - (psychoanalysis) the first sexual and social stage of an infant's development; the mouth is the focus of the libido and satisfaction comes from suckling and chewing and biting
2.infancy - the earliest state of immaturityinfancy - the earliest state of immaturity  
immatureness, immaturity - not having reached maturity

infancy

noun
1. early childhood, babyhood the development of the mind from infancy onwards
2. beginnings, start, birth, roots, seeds, origins, dawn, early stages, emergence, outset, cradle, inception the infancy of the electronic revolution
beginnings end, close, death, finish, conclusion, termination, expiration
Quotations
"Heaven lies about us in our infancy" [William Wordsworth Intimations of Immortality]

infancy

noun
Law. The state or period of being under legal age:
Translations
طفولَه
rané dětství
spædbarnsalder
alkuajat
csecsemõkor
bernska
infantia
detstvo
bebeklik

infancy

[ˈɪnfənsɪ] N
1. (= childhood) → infancia f, niñez f (Jur) → minoría f de edad
from infancydesde niño, desde muy pequeño
2. (fig) (= early stage) → infancia f
the project is still in its infancyel proyecto está todavía en mantillas

infancy

[ˈɪnfənsi] n
[person] → bas âge m
to die in infancy → mourir en bas âge
to be in its infancy [research, organization] → être à ses balbutiements

infancy

nfrühe Kindheit, Kindesalter nt; (Jur) → Minderjährigkeit f; (fig)Anfangsstadium nt; in early infancyin frühester Kindheit; when radio was still in its infancyals das Radio noch in den Kinderschuhen steckte; data processing is no longer in its infancydie Datenverarbeitung steckt nicht mehr in den Kinderschuhen or ist den Kinderschuhen entwachsen

infancy

[ˈɪnfənsɪ] n (childhood) → infanzia (Law) → minore età f inv
in its infancy (fig) (early stage) → ai primi passi

infant

(ˈinfənt) noun
a baby or very young child. the baptism of infants; (also adjective) an infant school.
ˈinfancy noun
the state or time of being a baby. They had two children who died in infancy.

in·fan·cy

n. infancia, menor de edad, primera edad, período desde el nacimiento hasta los primeros dos años.

infancy

n primer período de la vida (aproximadamente el primer año); [Note: infancia refers to the period between birth and puberty and cannot be used to mean infancy.]
References in classic literature ?
Planted deep, in the town's earliest infancy and childhood, by these two earnest and energetic men, the race has ever since subsisted here; always, too, in respectability; never, so far as I have known, disgraced by a single unworthy member; but seldom or never, on the other hand, after the first two generations, performing any memorable deed, or so much as putting forward a claim to public notice.
Moreover, in the infancy of the first Australian settlement, the emigrants were several times saved from starvation by the benevolent biscuit of the whale-ship luckily dropping an anchor in their waters.
She had rocked him in infancy, attended him in childhood, served him through life, and at his death wiped from his icy brow the cold death-sweat, and closed his eyes forever.
She will be disagreeable in infancy, and correct herself as she grows older.
This lady was one of my nearest relations, an orphan from her infancy, and under the guardianship of my father.
I own I did not like her, after infancy was past; and I vexed her frequently by trying to bring down her arrogance: she never took an aversion to me, though.
I know, Doctor Manette--how can I fail to know--that, mingled with the affection and duty of a daughter who has become a woman, there is, in her heart, towards you, all the love and reliance of infancy itself.
To say that he was not startled, or that his blood was not conscious of a terrible sensation to which it had been a stranger from infancy, would be untrue.
The first objects that assume a distinct presence before me, as I look far back, into the blank of my infancy, are my mother with her pretty hair and youthful shape, and Peggotty with no shape at all, and eyes so dark that they seemed to darken their whole neighbourhood in her face, and cheeks and arms so hard and red that I wondered the birds didn't peck her in preference to apples.
I derived from this last, that Joe's education, like Steam, was yet in its infancy, Pursuing the subject, I inquired:
Suddenly, as the child rolled downward on its mother's knees, all wet with snow, its eyes were caught by a bright glancing light on the white ground, and, with the ready transition of infancy, it was immediately absorbed in watching the bright living thing running towards it, yet never arriving.
They swim from their infancy like frogs, and are able to continue long under water, where they often take fish, which the females carry home to their young.