from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The state or quality of being fully grown or developed.
- n. The state or quality of being mature.
- n. The time at which a note or bond is due.
- n. The state of a note or bond being due.
- n. Geology A stage in the development of streams or landscapes at which maximum development has been reached or at which the process of erosion is going on with maximum vigor. Maturity of a landscape continues throughout the period of maximum topographic differentiation or until about three fourths of the original mass is carried away by erosion.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The state of being mature, ready or ripe
- n. When bodily growth has completed and/or reproduction can begin
- n. Date when payment is due
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state or quality of being mature; ripeness; full development
- n. Arrival of the time fixed for payment; a becoming due; termination of the period a note, etc., has to run.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being mature; ripeness; completeness; full development or elaboration: as, maturity of age; the maturity of corn; the maturity of a scheme.
- n. In com., the time fixed for payment of an obligation; the time when a note or bill of exchange becomes due.
- n. In medicine, a state of perfect suppuration.
- n. In physical geography, that stage in the geographical cycle or cycle of erosion when the fullest development of variety in forms and of activity in processes is attained. It lies between the uncarved forms of youth and the worn-down forms of old age.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. state of being mature; full development
- n. the date on which an obligation must be repaid
- n. the period of time in your life after your physical growth has stopped and you are fully developed
Middle English maturite, from Old French, from Latin mātūritās, from mātūrus, mature; see mature.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
mature + -ity (Wiktionary)