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Primarily and most properly the term has reference to time: in this sense the word is used to indicate that one thing is older or more ancient than another, for the expressions 'older' and 'more ancient' imply greater length of time.
Yet if we compare the older Reptiles and Batrachians, the older Fish, the older Cephalopods, and the eocene Mammals, with the more recent members of the same classes, we must admit that there is some truth in the remark.
Something is going to happen in the house, before we are many months older."
"Ah, it's as well not to say that, though; for you'd pass for a good deal older, and age tells well in business.
Why is such a great fuss made because this Miss Magdalen is going to marry somebody who is older than herself?
"That is all very well," said one of the older foxes; "but I do not think you would have recommended us to dispense with our chief ornament if you had not happened to lose it yourself."
The daughter of a native and an English sea-captain settled in Tahiti, when I knew her she was a woman of fifty, who looked older, and of enormous proportions.
When we grew older, what happy hours did we not spend with our books.
Now, the man who did the sexton's duty was a little older than he, though much more active.
No one gave a thought to the older worlds of space as sources of human danger, or thought of them only to dismiss the idea of life upon them as impossible or improbable.
"Besides, I am older than you," she remarked suddenly, opening her eyes and looking up at him, "three years older."
Though the promontory consisted of flats--expensive, with cavernous entrance halls, full of concierges and palms--it fulfilled its purpose, and gained for the older houses opposite a certain measure of peace.

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