Age signifies any period of duration. It is indiscriminately used to express many objects and situations, but is more frequently applied to the latter of advanced periods of human life ; and, in this a is accompanied with the epithet old.

Human existence has been di-vided into four viz. infancy, youth, manhood, and old age. The gradation through these successive stages slight and ptible ; it may be either aerated or retarded, according the more or less prudent conduct of the individual, the mode of life which is pursued, and the various rides and precautions observed in diet, regimen, etc

Age, when accompanied with other good qualities, is more especially entitled to respect, and reverence ; but, if marked with ignorance and folly, becomes disgusting and contemptible. See the article Longevity.