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ob·so·les·cent

 (ŏb′sə-lĕs′ənt)
adj.
1. Being in the process of passing out of use or usefulness; becoming obsolete.
2. Biology Becoming reduced during the course of evolution; vestigial or nearly vestigial. Used of an organ or other part of an organism.

[Latin obsolēscēns, obsolēscent-, present participle of obsolēscere, to fall into disuse : ob-, away; see ob- + solēre, to be accustomed to.]

ob′so·les′cence n.
ob′so·les′cent·ly adv.
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obsolescence

the process or condition of going out of date or being no longer in use. — obsolescent, adj.
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Obsolescence

 

back number An old-fashioned person or outdated object; one whose mode of thought, dress, or behavior is generally regarded as passé. Issues of magazines are designated by number, and the literal term refers to those no longer current. The figurative meaning has been current, however, for almost a century.

There is always some old back number of a girl who has no fellow. (George W. Peck, Peck’s Sunshine, 1882)

nine days’ wonder A person, object, or event that arouses considerable, but short-lived, interest or excitement; a flash in the pan. This expression probably derives from the activities surrounding the observation of major religious feasts during the Middle Ages. Usually nine days in length (hence the term novena ‘a nine-day religious devotion’), these celebrations were accompanied by parades, festivities, and general merriment, after which the people returned to their normal lifestyles. One source suggests that the term may be derived from an ancient proverb: “A wonder lasts nine days, and then the puppy’s eyes are open.” This refers to the fact that dogs are born blind and do not realize their power of sight until they are about nine days old. It implies that the public is temporarily blinded by the dazzling sensationalism of a person or event, but once its eyes are opened, the wonderment soon fades. In Shakespeare’s Henry VI, Part III, the King responds to Gloucester’s playful charge that his marriage would be a “ten days’ wonder” with

That’s a day longer than a wonder lasts. (III, ii)

old hat Old-fashioned; out of style; passé. This expression derives from dated headgear. The term is commonplace throughout the United States and Great Britain.

For that matter, tubular stuff [furniture] is now old hat. (New Yorker, October, 1949)

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.obsolescence - the process of becoming obsolete; falling into disuse or becoming out of date; "a policy of planned obsolescence"
degeneration, devolution - the process of declining from a higher to a lower level of effective power or vitality or essential quality
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Translations
تَقادُم
forældelse
avuláselavulás
úrelding
zastarávanie
eskime

obsolescence

[ˌɒbsəˈlesns] Ncaída f en desuso, obsolescencia f
planned obsolescenceobsolescencia f planificada
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

obsolescence

[ˌɒbsəˈlɛsəns] n [machine, product] → obsolescence f
built-in obsolescence → obsolescence endogène
planned obsolescence → obsolescence planifiée
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

obsolescence

Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

obsolescence

[ˈɒbsəˈlɛsns] nobsolescenza
built-in or planned obsolescence (Comm) → obsolescenza programmata
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

obsolescent

(obsəˈlesnt) adjective
going out of use. obsolescent slang.
ˌobsoˈlescence noun
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.
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