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Year. n.s. [ᵹaꞃ, Saxon.]

  1. If one by the word year mean twelve months of thirty days each, i. e. three hundred and sixty days; another intend a solar year of three hundred sixty-five days; and a third mean a lunar year, or twelve lunar months, i. e. three hundred fifty-four days, there will be a great variation and error in their account of things, unless they are well apprized of each other's meaning. Watts's Logick.

    See the minutes, how they run:
    How many makes the hour full compleat,
    How many hours bring about the day,
    How many days will finish up the year,
    How many years a mortal man may live.

                          With the year
    Seasons return, but not to me returns
    Day, or the sweet approach of morn.

    Oviparous creatures have eggs enough at first conceived in them, to serve them for many years laying, allowing such a proportion for every year, as will serve for one or two incubations. Ray on the Creation.

    He accepted a curacy of thirty pounds a year. Swift.

  2. It is often used plurally, without a plural termination.

    I fight not once in forty year. Shakespeare.

  3. In the plural old age.

                Some mumble-news,
    That smiles his cheek in years, and knows the trick
    To make my lady laugh when she's dispos'd,
    Told our intents.
    Shakesp. Love's Labour Lost.

    There died also Cecile, mother to king Edward IV. being of extreme years, and who had lived to see three princes of her body crowned, and four murthered. Bacon's Hen. VII.

    He look'd in years, yet in his years were seen,
    A youthful vigour, and autumnal green.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part 1 (48) · Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part 3 (39) · Shakespeare's Love's Labours Lost (33) · Milton, John (449) · Ray, John (59) · Swift, Jonathan (306) · Watts, Isaac (116)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269) · Saxon (215)

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