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adj. old·er, old·est
a. Having lived or existed for a relatively long time; far advanced in years or life.
b. Relatively advanced in age: Pamela is our oldest child.
2. Made long ago; in existence for many years: an old book.
a. Of or relating to a long life or to people who have had long lives: a ripe old age.
b. Having or exhibiting the physical characteristics of age: a prematurely old face.
c. Having or exhibiting the wisdom of age; mature: a child who is old for his years.
4. Having lived or existed for a specified length of time: She was 12 years old.
a. Exhibiting the effects of time or long use; worn: an old coat.
b. Known through long acquaintance; long familiar: an old friend.
c. Skilled or able through long experience; practiced: He is an old hand at doing home repairs.
a. Belonging to a remote or former period in history; ancient: old fossils.
b. Belonging to or being of an earlier time: her old classmates.
c. often Old Being the earlier or earliest of two or more related objects, stages, versions, or periods.
7. Geology
a. Having become slower in flow and less vigorous in action. Used of a river.
b. Having become simpler in form and of lower relief. Used of a landform.
8. often ol' (ōl)
a. Used as an intensive: Come back any old time. Don't give me any ol' excuse.
b. Used to express affection or familiarity: good ol' Sam.
1. An individual of a specified age: a five-year-old.
2. Old people considered as a group. Used with the: caring for the old.
3. Former times; yore: in days of old.

[Middle English, from Old English eald; see al- in Indo-European roots.]

old′ness n.
Synonyms: old, ancient1, archaic, antediluvian, antique, antiquated
These adjectives describe what belongs to or dates from an earlier time or period. Old is the most general term: old lace; an old saying.
Ancient pertains to the distant past: "the hills, / Rock-ribbed, and ancient as the sun" (William Cullen Bryant).
Archaic implies a very remote, often primitive period: an archaic Greek bronze of the seventh century bc.
Antediluvian applies to what is extremely outdated: "I ... went out to reconnoiter a fresh typewriter ribbon for Professor Mitwisser's antediluvian machine" (Cynthia Ozick).
Antique is applied to what is especially appreciated or valued because of its age: antique furniture; an antique vase.
Antiquated describes what is out of date, no longer fashionable, or discredited: "No idea is so antiquated that it was not once modern. No idea is so modern that it will not someday be antiquated" (Ellen Glasgow).
Usage Note: Old, when applied to people, is a blunt term that usually suggests at least a degree of physical infirmity and age-related restrictions. It should be used advisedly, especially in referring to people advanced in years but leading active lives. · As a comparative form, older might logically seem to indicate greater age than old, but in most cases the opposite is true. A phrase such as the older woman in the wool jacket suggests a somewhat younger person than if old is substituted. Where old expresses an absolute, an arrival at old age, older takes a more relative view of aging as a continuum—older, but not yet old. As such, older is not just a euphemism for the blunter old but rather a more precise term for someone between middle and advanced age. And unlike elderly, older does not particularly suggest frailness or infirmity, making it the natural choice in many situations. See Usage Note at elder1.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.oldness - the opposite of youngness
age - how long something has existed; "it was replaced because of its age"
agedness, senescence - the property characteristic of old age
senility - the state of being senile
longevity, seniority - the property of being long-lived
staleness - having lost purity and freshness as a consequence of aging
youngness - the opposite of oldness
2.oldness - the quality of being old; the opposite of newness
age - how long something has existed; "it was replaced because of its age"
obsoleteness, superannuation - the property of being out of date and not current
ancientness, antiquity - extreme oldness
old-fashionedness - the property of being no longer fashionable
time of origin, vintage - the oldness of wines
hoariness - great age (especially grey or white with age)
newness - the quality of being new; the opposite of oldness
References in classic literature ?
The sense of the oldness of the Cathedral vanished away under the influence of this truly venerable presence.
The compound also enables a rhetorical use of parallel structures, such as xinling yuenyi ([phrase omitted]) (the spirit is willing) juxtaposed to routi ruanruo ([phrase omitted]) (the flesh is weak) (Mt 26:41 & Mk 14:38), xinling ([phrase omitted]) (spirit) and chengshi ([phrase omitted]) (truth) (Jn 4:23, 24), xinling de xinyang ([phrase omitted]) (newness of the Spirit) versus yiwen de jiuyang ([phrase omitted]) (the oldness of the letter) (Ro 7:6), shenti yin zui er si ([phrase omitted]) (the body is dead because of sin) versus xinling yin yi er huo ([phrase omitted]) (the spirit is life because of righteousness) (Ro 8:10).
This suspicion is reinforced through the memory of Old England whose oldness suggests a time much before the time of Protestantism, that is, the time of a truly "elder world and mightier race," a heathen England of houses of True Love where household gods protect the fire of the hearth.
When you're outside of oldness, looking in, it's scary", she says.
The reality is, despite what you may hear about the slowness or oldness of B2B, companies can modernize their infrastructure without limiting themselves to just certain pockets of B2B functionality, and many continue to gain business agility today with more traditional B2B-led integration.
As he captions the socialist experiment in these alternatively trivial/local and portentous/global terms, the narrator settles into an old newness or new oldness that has the immediate effect of aging him: he stokes his fire, answers the gong at tea, and otherwise leaves his drowsy rocking-chair mainly for "several .
She said: "I like being able to live in today's world but at the same time have a feel of oldness.
Australian Human Rights Commission: The Power of Oldness Campaign Launch.
Functional Dissociation among Components of Remembering: Control, Perceived Oldness, and Content.
Some have the same shade of yellowish color that indicates the oldness of the parchment and some have the same handwriting.
In the oldness of the universe, our lifetimes are no more than the shine of a firefly.
Advertisements have also made their way into the masthead area by 1910 and, as the ads themselves use more "modern" typefaces, this only accentuates the oldness, or some might say tradition, of the Old-English style typeface.