From Middle English elde, from Old English ieldu, eldo, ieldo (“age, period of time; period; time of life, years; mature or old age, eld; an age of the world, era, epoch”), from Proto-West Germanic *aldī, from Proto-Germanic *alþį̄ (“eld, age”), from *aldaz (“grown up, mature, old”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eltós, from *h₂el- (“to raise, feed”).
Cognate with Scots eild (“age”), North Frisian jelde (“age”), German Älte (“age”), Danish ælde (“eld, age”), Icelandic elli (“eld, age”). Related also to Gothic 𐌰𐌻𐌳𐍃 (alds, “generation, age”), Old English alan (“to grow up, nourish”). More at old.
- (rare or dialectal) One's age, age in years, period of life.
- 1868, Eadie, John, A Biblical Cyclopædia:
- The experience of many years gave old men peculiar qualification for various offices; and elders, or men of a ripe or advanced eld or age, were variously employed under the Mosaic law.
- 1913, Paulist Fathers, Catholic World:
- Promptly appeared a paragon, aged twenty-five or thereabouts, and exhibiting all the steadiness and serenity of advanced eld.
- (archaic or poetic) Old age, senility; an old person.
- 1904, Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, The Sun's Shame, verse 2, lines 1-3:
- As some true chief of men, bowed down with stress
Of life's disastrous eld, on blossoming youth
May gaze, and murmur with self-pity and ruth […]
- 1912, Ferguson, Herbert Van Allen, Rhymes of Eld:
- The withered limbs of eld, the thin, gray hair […]
- (archaic or poetic) Time; an age, an indefinitely long period of time.
- (archaic or poetic) Former ages, antiquity, olden times.
- 1891, Murfree, Mary Noailles, In the "Stranger People's" Country, Nebraska, published 2005, page 38:
- Once adown the dewy way a youthful cavalier spurred with a maiden mounted behind him, swiftly passing out of sight, recalling to the imagination some romance of eld, when the damosel fled with her lover.
- (one's age):
- (old age): elderliness; see also Thesaurus:old age
- (old person): geriatric, oldster, senior citizen; see also Thesaurus:old person
- (indefinitely long period of time): yonks; see also Thesaurus:eon
- (former age): days of yore; see also Thesaurus:the past
- (intransitive, archaic, poetic or dialectal) To age, become or grow old.
- (intransitive, archaic or poetic) To delay; linger.
- (transitive, archaic or poetic) To make old, age.
- (to age): elden; see also Thesaurus:to age
- (to linger): abide; see also Thesaurus:tarry or Thesaurus:procrastinate
- (to make old): mature; see also Thesaurus:make older
- 1906, The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia, "eld".
- imperative of
- Mange kulturar har mytar om korleis dei vart herre over elden.
- Many cultures have myths about how they mastered fire.
- fire (firing bullets or other projectiles)
- Fienden opna eld.
- The enemy opened fire.
- Fienden opna eld.
Eld is mainly used about the abstract concept of fire. The accidental occurrance of fire, such as a fire in a building, is brann.
- “eld” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.
- (uncountable) fire, a continued chemical exothermic reaction where a gaseous material reacts, and which creates enough heat to evaporate more combustible material
- something set up as to burn, such as a campfire or a bonfire
- (uncountable, alchemy) fire; one of the classical, or basic, elements
- (uncountable) fire; the in-flight projectiles from a gun or similar
|Declension of eld|
- ((case of) accidental, uncontrolled fire): brand