from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Extremely old and antiquated. See Synonyms at old.
- adj. Bible Occurring or belonging to the era before the Flood.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. ancient or antiquated; old; prehistoric.
- adj. Supremely dated.
- adj. Pertaining or belonging to the time period prior to a great or destructive flood or deluge
- adj. Pertaining or belonging to the time prior to Noah's Flood.
- n. One who lived prior to Noah's Flood.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or relating to the period before the Deluge in Noah's time; hence, antiquated.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Existing before the flood (the Noachian deluge) recorded in Genesis; relating to the times or events before the Noachian deluge: as, the antediluvian patriarchs: by extension, applied to the time preceding any great flood or inundation, as that which is said to have occurred in China in the time of Yao, 2298 b. c.
- Belonging to very ancient times; antiquated; primitive; rude; simple: as, antediluvian ideas.
- n. One who lived before the deluge.
- n. Hence, humorously
- n. One who is very old or very antiquated in manners or notions; an old fogy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a very old person
- adj. so extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period
- n. any of the early patriarchs who lived prior to the Noachian deluge
- adj. of or relating to the period before the biblical flood
The doctor armed himself, and held himself in readiness to fire upon an animal which, by its dimensions, recalled the antediluvian quadrupeds.
Parker also complains that British (military) ambulances are "antediluvian" and "reveals" that the laboratory at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan, which is used to match blood and test samples, had to close between 11.30am and 3.30pm because the air-conditioning system could not keep the temperature below 97F (36C).
Sally Keeble, MP for Northampton North, thought the ban epitomised 'the complete nonsense of an institution that won't move on', and Barbara Follett, MP for Stevenage, talked of 'antediluvian' attitudes.
"Antiquites Celtiques," published in 1847, M. Boucher de Perthes styled these older tools "antediluvian," because they came from the lowest beds of a series of ancient alluvial strata bordering the valley of the Somme, which geologists had termed "diluvium."
That way, they would have found out what kind of antediluvian throwback they hve admitted to the EU.
When Dewi Morris uses the word "antediluvian" you know you've got a problem
He complains that merchants in Pasadena are "antediluvian" when it comes to the Internet.
"antediluvian" shape of the bat -- no paddings on the legs.
"antediluvian," and for startling originality in his views as well as fearlessness in expressing them.
"antediluvian" in their turn; are ready also to climb the scaffold - poles always to be found somewhere about the great church, or dive along the odd, secret passages of the old builders, with quite learned explanations (being proud of, and therefore painstaking about, the place) of architectural periods, of Gothic "late" and