What does 1940s mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. forties, 1940s(noun)

    the decade from 1940 to 1949


  1. 1940s(Noun)

    The decade from 1940 to 1949.


  1. 1940s

    The 1940s was a decade that began on January 1, 1940 and ended on December 31, 1949. The Second World War took place in the first half of the decade, which had a profound effect on most countries and people in Europe, Asia and elsewhere. The consequences of the war lingered well into the second half of the decade, with a war-weary Europe divided between the jostling spheres of influence of the West and the Soviet Union. To some degree internal and external tensions in the post-war era were managed by new institutions, including the United Nations, the welfare state and the Bretton Woods system, providing to the post–World War II boom, which lasted well into the 1970s. However the conditions of the post-war world encouraged decolonialization and emergence of new states and governments, with India, Pakistan, Israel, Vietnam and others declaring independence, rarely without bloodshed. The decade also witnessed the early beginnings of new technologies, often first developed in tandem with the war effort, and later adapted and improved upon in the post-war era.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of 1940s in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of 1940s in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Martin Nolan:

    That's a really neat piece and it's like a time warp right back to the 1940s when Marilyn was just becoming famous.

  2. Bob Slaughter:

    Old sheet music back in the 1930s and 1940s used to have a notation printed across the top, it would say ‘vamp til ready.’.

  3. Wu Qingqi:

    Many old people come here for free toilet paper. They were probably born in 1940s or 1950s, during that time, people were very poor. And they somehow still are in fear of being poor. Other migrant workers come here too.

  4. Luka Ladan:

    The Employee Rights Act would hold union officials accountable to their members, not Democratic elites, the ERA would substantially update American labor law for the first time since the 1940s. The ERA would prevent union officials from spending dues dollars on political advocacy without prior member approval, protecting employees who may not support a left-wing political agenda.

  5. George Will:

    In the 1940s a survey listed the top seven discipline problems in public schools talking, chewing gum, making noise, running in the halls, getting out of turn in line, wearing improper clothes, not putting paper in wastebaskets. A 1980s survey lists these top seven drug abuse, alcohol abuse, pregnancy, suicide, rape, robbery, assault. (Arson, gang warfare and venereal disease are also-rans.)

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