Definitions for periodˈpɪər i əd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pe•ri•odˈpɪər i əd(n.)

  1. an extent of time that is meaningful in the life of a person, in history, etc.:

    a period of illness; a period of social unrest.

  2. a specific division or portion of time:

    the postwar period.

  3. a round of time, esp. as marked by the recurrence of some phenomenon:

    the rainy period.

  4. any of the parts of equal length into which a particular thing, as a sports contest, is divided.

    Category: Sport

  5. the time during which something is completed or runs its course:

    the gestation period.

  6. the point or character (.) used esp. to mark the end of a declarative sentence or to indicate an abbreviation; full stop.

    Category: Grammar

  7. a full pause, as is made at the end of a complete sentence; full stop.

    Category: Grammar

  8. a sentence, esp. a well-balanced, impressive sentence.

    Category: Prosody, Rhetoric

  9. Category: Rhetoric, Grammar

    Ref: periodic sentence.

  10. an occurrence of menstruation. a time of the month during which menstruation occurs.

    Category: Physiology

  11. the basic unit of geologic time, during which a standard rock system is formed: comprising two or more epochs and included with other periods in an era.

    Category: Geology

  12. Physics. the duration of one complete cycle of a wave or oscillation; the reciprocal of the frequency.

    Category: Physics

  13. a division of a musical composition commonly consisting of two or more contrasted or complementary phrases ending with a cadence.

    Category: Music and Dance

  14. Astron. the time in which a body rotates once on its axis. the time in which a planet or satellite revolves once about its primary.

    Category: Astronomy

  15. (in classical prosody) a group of two or more cola.

    Category: Prosody

  16. (adj.)noting or pertaining to a historical period.

  17. (interj.)(used to indicate that a decision is final):

    I forbid you to go, period.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of period:

1375–1425; < MF < ML periodus, L < Gk períodos circuit, period of time, period in rhetoric

Princeton's WordNet

  1. time period, period of time, period(noun)

    an amount of time

    "a time period of 30 years"; "hastened the period of time of his recovery"; "Picasso's blue period"

  2. period(noun)

    the interval taken to complete one cycle of a regularly repeating phenomenon

  3. period(noun)

    (ice hockey) one of three divisions into which play is divided in hockey games

  4. period, geological period(noun)

    a unit of geological time during which a system of rocks formed

    "ganoid fishes swarmed during the earlier geological periods"

  5. period(noun)

    the end or completion of something

    "death put a period to his endeavors"; "a change soon put a period to my tranquility"

  6. menstruation, menses, menstruum, catamenia, period, flow(noun)

    the monthly discharge of blood from the uterus of nonpregnant women from puberty to menopause

    "the women were sickly and subject to excessive menstruation"; "a woman does not take the gout unless her menses be stopped"--Hippocrates; "the semen begins to appear in males and to be emitted at the same time of life that the catamenia begin to flow in females"--Aristotle

  7. period, point, full stop, stop, full point(noun)

    a punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations

    "in England they call a period a stop"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. period(noun)ˈpɪər i əd

    a measure of time

    a 3-hour period; a period of three weeks

  2. periodˈpɪər i əd

    a written mark (.) that indicates the end of a sentence

    Remember to use a period at the end of your sentences.

  3. periodˈpɪər i əd

    the flow of blood from a woman's uterus each month

    the time when a woman gets her period

Wiktionary

  1. period(Noun)

    The length of time for a disease to run its course.

  2. period(Noun)

    An end or conclusion; the final point of a process etc.

  3. period(Noun)

    A period of time in history seen as a single coherent entity; an epoch, era.

    Food rationing continued in the post-war period.

  4. period(Noun)

    A complete sentence, especially one expressing a single thought or making a balanced, rhythmic whole.

  5. period(Noun)

    The punctuation mark u201C.u201D (indicating the ending of a sentence or marking an abbreviation).

  6. period(Noun)

    A length of time.

  7. period(Noun)

    The length of time during which the same characteristics of a periodic phenomenon recur, such as the repetition of a wave or the rotation of a planet.

  8. period(Noun)

    A specific moment during a given process; a point, a stage.

  9. period(Noun)

    Female menstruation.

    When she is on her period she can be more disagreeable than usual

  10. period(Noun)

    A section of an artist's, writer's (etc.) career distinguished by a given quality, preoccupation etc.

    This is one of the last paintings Picasso created during his Blue Period.

  11. period(Noun)

    Each of the divisions into which a school day is split, allocated to a given subject or activity.

    I have math class in second period.

  12. period(Noun)

    Each of the intervals into which various sporting events are divided.

    Gretzky scored in the last minute of the second period.

  13. period(Noun)

    A row in the periodic table of the elements.

  14. period(Noun)

    A Drosophila gene which gene product is involved in regulation of the circadian rhythm

  15. period(Noun)

    two phrases (an antecedent and a consequent phrase)

  16. period(Adjective)

    Appropriate for a given historical era.

  17. period(Interjection)

    And nothing else; and nothing less; used for emphasis.

    When I say "eat your dinner," it means "eat your dinner," period!

  18. Origin: From periode, from periode, from periodus, from περίοδος, from περί- + ὁδός. Displaced native tide, from tid, elde, from ieldu.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Period(noun)

    a portion of time as limited and determined by some recurring phenomenon, as by the completion of a revolution of one of the heavenly bodies; a division of time, as a series of years, months, or days, in which something is completed, and ready to recommence and go on in the same order; as, the period of the sun, or the earth, or a comet

  2. Period(noun)

    a stated and recurring interval of time; more generally, an interval of time specified or left indefinite; a certain series of years, months, days, or the like; a time; a cycle; an age; an epoch; as, the period of the Roman republic

  3. Period(noun)

    one of the great divisions of geological time; as, the Tertiary period; the Glacial period. See the Chart of Geology

  4. Period(noun)

    the termination or completion of a revolution, cycle, series of events, single event, or act; hence, a limit; a bound; an end; a conclusion

  5. Period(noun)

    a complete sentence, from one full stop to another; esp., a well-proportioned, harmonious sentence

  6. Period(noun)

    the punctuation point [.] that marks the end of a complete sentence, or of an abbreviated word

  7. Period(noun)

    one of several similar sets of figures or terms usually marked by points or commas placed at regular intervals, as in numeration, in the extraction of roots, and in circulating decimals

  8. Period(noun)

    the time of the exacerbation and remission of a disease, or of the paroxysm and intermission

  9. Period(noun)

    a complete musical sentence

  10. Period(verb)

    to put an end to

  11. Period(verb)

    to come to a period; to conclude. [Obs.] "You may period upon this, that," etc

Freebase

  1. Period

    A geologic period is a time unit subdivision of geologic time defined as a span of years into which the larger era time units are divided into smaller timeframes, as Era's divide the Eon. In the Earth Sciences rocks and especially the sequences of rocks called stratum arrayed in an ordered "rock column" occurring during a timespan are the focus of study so the time units are paired with corresponding Rock strata units whose characteristics define such points elsewhere that occurred concurrently as the local rock layers were laid down as sediments. For the Geological Period the paired rock strata term, a geologic stage is used to denote the corresponding rock layers of both the geologic record and the fossil record; thus the rocks of the Devonian System were laid down during the Devonian Period, and such equivalent units exist at each level of refinement of geological chronology and biogeological or stratigraphic classification. Each unit of strata, no matter how interrupted the record recorded in the local rock column, is mapped into the overall geologic record and classified carefully into chronological units of geologic time based on world wide efforts of the International Commission on Stratigraphy working to correlate the world's local stratigraphic record into one uniform planet wide benchmarked system, in a steady effort ongoing since 1974. While paleontologists often refer to faunal stages rather than geologic periods, they are often used in popular presentations of paleontology or plate reconstructions.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Period

    The time required for the completion of one complete element of periodic motion. This may be a complete alternation (See Alternation, Complete) of an alternating current, or of an oscillatory discharge.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. period

    The time it takes for a satellite to complete one orbit around the earth.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'period' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #341

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'period' in Written Corpus Frequency: #746

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'period' in Nouns Frequency: #91


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

period(noun)

any length of time

a period of three days; a period of waiting.

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