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Definition: old wife
Sea bream \Sea" bream`\
Any one of several species of sparoid fishes, especially the
common European species (Pagellus centrodontus
Spanish (P. Oweni
), and the black sea bream (Cantharus lineatus
); -- called also old wife
, a. [Compar. Older
; superl. Oldest
.] [OE. old,
ald, AS. ald, eald; akin to D. oud, OS. ald, OFries. ald,
old, G. alt, Goth. alpeis, and also to Goth. alan to grow up,
Icel. ala to bear, produce, bring up, L. alere to nourish.
1. Not young; advanced far in years or life; having lived
till toward the end of the ordinary term of living; as, an
old man; an old age; an old horse; an old tree.
Let not old age disgrace my high desire. --Sir P.
The melancholy news that we grow old. --Young.
2. Not new or fresh; not recently made or produced; having
existed for a long time; as, old wine; an old friendship.
“An old acquaintance.”
3. Formerly existing; ancient; not modern; preceding;
original; as, an old law; an old custom; an old promise.
“The old schools of Greece.”
--Milton. “The character
of the old Ligurians.”
4. Continued in life; advanced in the course of existence;
having (a certain) length of existence; -- designating the
age of a person or thing; as, an infant a few hours old; a
cathedral centuries old.
And Pharaoh said unto Jacob, How old art thou?
Note: In this use old regularly follows the noun that
designates the age; as, she was eight years old.
5. Long practiced; hence, skilled; experienced; cunning; as,
an old offender; old in vice.
Vane, young in years, but in sage counsel old.
6. Long cultivated; as, an old farm; old land, as opposed to
land, that is, to land lately cleared.
7. Worn out; weakened or exhausted by use; past usefulness;
as, old shoes; old clothes.
8. More than enough; abundant. [Obs.]
If a man were porter of hell gate, he should have
old turning the key. --Shak.
9. Aged; antiquated; hence, wanting in the mental vigor or
other qualities belonging to youth; -- used disparagingly
as a term of reproach.
10. Old-fashioned; wonted; customary; as of old; as, the good
old times; hence, colloquially, gay; jolly.
11. Used colloquially as a term of cordiality and
familiarity. “Go thy ways, old lad.”
, advanced years; the latter period of life.
. See Bachelor
. See under Catholic
. See under English
. n., 2.
, Old Scratch
, the devil.
(Zo["o]l.), a large European noctuid moth (Mormo maura
(a) A woman, somewhat advanced in years, who has never
been married; a spinster.
(b) (Bot.) A West Indian name for the pink-flowered
periwinkle (Vinca rosea
(c) A simple game of cards, played by matching them. The
person with whom the odd card is left is the old
Old man's beard
(a) The traveler's joy (Clematis Vitalba
). So named
from the abundant long feathery awns of its fruit.
(b) The Tillandsia usneoides
. See Tillandsia
Old man's head
(Bot.), a columnar cactus (Pilocereus senilis
), native of Mexico, covered towards the top with
long white hairs.
Old red sandstone
(Geol.), a series of red sandstone rocks
situated below the rocks of the Carboniferous age and
comprising various strata of siliceous sandstones and
conglomerates. See Sandstone
, and the Chart of
, a school or party belonging to a former time,
or preserving the character, manner, or opinions of a
former time; as, a gentleman of the old school; -- used
also adjectively; as, Old-School Presbyterians.
, an old and well-known game of cards, called
also all fours
, and high, low, Jack, and the game
(Zo["o]l.), a duck (Clangula hyemalis
inhabiting the northern parts of both hemispheres. The
adult male is varied with black and white and is
remarkable for the length of its tail. Called also
, south southerly
and old wife
. (Chron.) See the Note under Style
. See Old Testament
. [In the senses
c written also oldwife
(a) A prating old woman; a gossip.
Refuse profane and old wives' fables. --1 Tim.
(b) (Zo["o]l.) The local name of various fishes, as the
European black sea bream (Cantharus lineatus
American alewife, etc.
(c) (Zo["o]l.) A duck; the old squaw.
, the Eastern Hemisphere.
Syn: Aged; ancient; pristine; primitive; antique; antiquated;
old-fashioned; obsolete. See Ancient
(sp[o^]t), n. [Cf. Scot. & D. spat, Dan. spette, Sw.
spott spittle, slaver; from the root of E. spit. See Spit
to eject from the mouth, and cf. Spatter
1. A mark on a substance or body made by foreign matter; a
blot; a place discolored.
Out, damned spot! Out, I say! --Shak.
2. A stain on character or reputation; something that soils
purity; disgrace; reproach; fault; blemish.
Yet Chloe, sure, was formed without a spot. --Pope.
3. A small part of a different color from the main part, or
from the ground upon which it is; as, the spots of a
leopard; the spots on a playing card.
4. A small extent of space; a place; any particular place.
“Fixed to one spot.”
That spot to which I point is Paradise. --Milton.
“A jolly place,”
said he, ``in times of old!
But something ails it now: the spot is cursed.''
5. (Zo["o]l.) A variety of the common domestic pigeon, so
called from a spot on its head just above its beak.
(a) A sci[ae]noid food fish (Liostomus xanthurus
) of the
Atlantic coast of the United States. It has a black
spot behind the shoulders and fifteen oblique dark
bars on the sides. Called also goody
, and old wife
(b) The southern redfish, or red horse, which has a spot
on each side at the base of the tail. See Redfish
7. pl. Commodities, as merchandise and cotton, sold for
immediate delivery. [Broker's Cant]
(Zo["o]l.), any butterfly of the family
having crescent-shaped white spots along
the margins of the red or brown wings.
(Microscopy), a condensing lens in which the
light is confined to an annular pencil by means of a
small, round diaphragm (the spot), and used in dark-field
illumination; -- called also spotted lens
(Zo["o]l.), the Hudsonian godwit (Limosa h[ae]mastica
Spots on the sun
. (Astron.) See Sun spot
, ander Sun
On the spot
, or Upon the spot
, immediately; before
moving; without changing place; as, he made his decision
on the spot.
It was determined upon the spot. --Swift.
Syn: Stain; flaw; speck; blot; disgrace; reproach; fault;
blemish; place; site; locality.