period [pir′ē əd]
[ME paryode < MFr periode < L periodus < Gr periodos, a going around, cycle < peri-, around + hodos, way < IE base * sed-, to go > Sans ā-sad-, go toward]
1. the interval between recurrent astronomical events, as between two full moons
2. the interval between certain happenings [a ten-year period of peace]
3. a portion of time, often indefinite, characterized by certain events, processes, conditions, etc.; stage [a period of change, the present period]
4. any of the portions of time into which an event of fixed duration, as a game or a school day, is divided
5. the full course, or one of the stages, of a disease
6. an occurrence of menstruation; menses
7. an end, completion, or conclusion, or a point of time marking this [death put a period to his plans]
8. Geol. a subdivision of an era in geologic time corresponding to the rock strata of a SYSTEM (sense 10): see the geologic time chart in the Reference Supplement
9. Gram. Rhetoric
a) a sentence, esp. a balanced, well-constructed, complex sentence
b) the natural pause in speaking used to indicate the end of a declarative sentence
c) the mark of punctuation (.) used to indicate the end of a declarative sentence
d) the dot (.) following many abbreviations
10. Math. the interval from one repetition to the next of a recurrent or self-duplicating function
11. Music a group of two or more related phrases ending with a cadence
12. Physics the interval of time necessary for a regularly recurring motion to make a complete cycle
13. Prosody a rhythm group of two or more cola in the Greek system
of or like that of an earlier period or age [period furniture]
Informal used to indicate that the preceding statement is the speaker's last, conclusive, word on the subject [be home by midnight or you're grounded, period!]
SYN.- PERIOD is the general term for any portion of time; EPOCH and ERA are often used interchangeably, but in strict discrimination EPOCH applies to the beginning of a new period marked by radical changes, new developments, etc. and ERA, to the entire period [the steam engine marked an epoch in transportation, an era of revolution ]; AGE is applied to a period identified with some dominant personality or distinctive characteristic [the Stone Age]; EON refers to an indefinitely long period [it all happened eons ago ]

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