American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A period of human culture between the Stone Age and the Iron Age, characterized by the use of weapons and implements made of bronze. See Usage Note at Three Age system.
- n. archaeology A period in a civilization's development when the most advanced metalworking has developed the techniques of smelting copper from natural outcroppings and alloys it to cast bronze.
- n. mythology One of the Classical Ages of Man, associated with warfare.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. an age of the world which followed the stone age, and was characterized by the use of implements and ornaments of copper or bronze.
- n. (classical mythology) the third age of the world, marked by war and violence
- n. (archeology) a period between the Stone and Iron Ages, characterized by the manufacture and use of bronze tools and weapons
“Twelve months earlier, John had found an exquisite Bronze Age axe-head and several bronze buttons at the same spot and felt a strong hunch there was something very special about this particular patch of the enormous beach.”
“Palaeolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age — some Roman things, of course — Saxon, a mediaeval pot or two — it was not rubbish — nearly so, not quite.”
“This boy afterwards became Assistant Keeper in the Department of Archaeology in the University Museum at Padmancaster, and wrote a standard work on Bronze Age Survivals in Britain.”
“It comes from the Bronze Age of tractors, a beautiful, cumbersome, elaborate machine, all flywheels and pulleys, with a rude grey bulbous bonnet, a stout chimney of beaten tin and an office typist’s chair adapted as the driving seat.”
“Bones of a Bronze Age warrior, unearthed in Skyros by Cimon, were unhesitatingly hailed as Theseus 'on the strength of their size alone.”
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