infancy infancy  /ˈɪn fən si/


  1. (n) the early stage of growth or development
  2. (n) the earliest state of immaturity


  1. The benefits of adequate sleep in infancy and childhood extend far beyond any single night of rest.
  2. But in 1981, when semiconductors and on-board computers were still in their infancy, variable displacement was a huge technical challenge.
  3. One is already doomed to die in infancy.


  • The Mouse Inventor’s Vision of Computing

    Beginning in the 1950s, when computing was in its infancy, Douglas C. Engelbart set out to show that progress in science and engineering could be greatly accelerated if researchers, working in small groups, shared computing power. He called the approach “bootstrapping.”
    on July 3, 2013     Source: New York Times


  1. "The shift towards a greener future is still in its infancy and needs nurturing," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told participants Thursday. "While the world looks to the UN to steward the negotiating process, the United Nations looks to...
    on Feb 25, 2007 By: Ban Ki-moon Source: Leading The Charge

  2. "We are the challenger, not the leader, in search, but we believe strongly that search is in its infancy and there is so much room for innovation," Chief Executive Steve Ballmer told a news conference in Paris. "For companies like Microsoft...
    on Oct 2, 2008 By: Steve Ballmer Source: Reuters

  3. "The reasons that motivated the framers to protect the ability of militiamen to keep muskets available for military use when our nation was in its infancy .......... have only a limited bearing on the question that confronts the homeowner in a...
    on Jun 28, 2010 By: John Paul Stevens Source: Globe and Mail

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