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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Century  \Cen"tu*ry\,  n.;  pl  {Centuries}.  [L.  centuria  (in 
  senses  1  &  3),  fr  centum  a  hundred:  cf  F.  centurie.  See 
  {Cent}.] 
  1.  A  hundred;  as  a  century  of  sonnets;  an  aggregate  of  a 
  hundred  things  [Archaic.] 
 
  And  on  it  said  a  century  of  prayers.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  A  period  of  a  hundred  years;  as  this  event  took  place 
  over  two  centuries  ago. 
 
  Note:  Century,  in  the  reckoning  of  time,  although  often  used 
  in  a  general  way  of  any  series  of  hundred  consecutive 
  years  (as,  a  century  of  temperance  work),  usually 
  signifies  a  division  of  the  Christian  era,  consisting 
  of  a  period  of  one  hundred  years  ending  with  the 
  hundredth  year  from  which  it  is  named  as  the  first 
  century  ({a}.  {d}.  1-100  inclusive);  the  seventh 
  century  ({a}.{d}.  601-700);  the  eighteenth  century 
  ({a}.{d}.  1701-1800).  With  words  or  phrases  connecting 
  it  with  some  other  system  of  chronology  it  is  used  of 
  similar  division  of  those  eras;  as  the  first  century 
  of  Rome  (A.U.C.  1-100). 
 
  3.  (Rom.  Antiq.) 
  a  A  division  of  the  Roman  people  formed  according  to 
  their  property,  for  the  purpose  of  voting  for  civil 
  officers. 
  b  One  of  sixty  companies  into  which  a  legion  of  the  army 
  was  divided.  It  was  Commanded  by  a  centurion. 
 
  {Century  plant}  (Bot.),  the  {Agave  Americana},  formerly 
  supposed  to  flower  but  once  in  a  century;  --  hence  the 
  name  See  {Agave}. 
 
  {The  Magdeburg  Centuries},  an  ecclesiastical  history  of  the 
  first  thirteen  centuries,  arranged  in  thirteen  volumes, 
  compiled  in  the  16th  century  by  Protestant  scholars  at 
  Magdeburg. 




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