What does period mean?

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ˈpɪər i ədpe·ri·od

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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"

GCIDE

  1. Period(n.)

    (Sports) One of the specified time intervals into which a game is divided; as, there are three periods in a hockey game.

    Etymology: [L. periodus, Gr. peri`odos a going round, a way round, a circumference, a period of time; peri` round, about + "odo`s a way: cf. F. priode.]

  2. Period(n.)

    (Education) One of the specified time intervals into which the academic day is divided; as, my calculus class is in the first period.

    Etymology: [L. periodus, Gr. peri`odos a going round, a way round, a circumference, a period of time; peri` round, about + "odo`s a way: cf. F. priode.]

  3. Period(n.)

    The time interval during which a woman is menstruating, or the event of a single menstruation; as, her period was late this month.

    Etymology: [L. periodus, Gr. peri`odos a going round, a way round, a circumference, a period of time; peri` round, about + "odo`s a way: cf. F. priode.]

Wiktionary

  1. period(Noun)

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

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

  2. period(Noun)

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

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

  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.

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

  4. period(Noun)

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

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

  5. period(Noun)

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

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

  6. period(Noun)

    A length of time.

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

  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.

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

  8. period(Noun)

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

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

  9. period(Noun)

    Female menstruation.

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

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

  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.

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

  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.

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

  12. period(Noun)

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

    Gretzky scored in the last minute of the second period.

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

  13. period(Noun)

    A row in the periodic table of the elements.

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

  14. period(Noun)

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

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

  15. period(Noun)

    two phrases (an antecedent and a consequent phrase)

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

  16. period(Adjective)

    Appropriate for a given historical era.

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

  17. period(Interjection)

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

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

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [L. periodus, Gr. peri`odos a going round, a way round, a circumference, a period of time; peri` round, about + "odo`s a way: cf. F. priode.]

  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

    Etymology: [L. periodus, Gr. peri`odos a going round, a way round, a circumference, a period of time; peri` round, about + "odo`s a way: cf. F. priode.]

  3. Period(noun)

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

    Etymology: [L. periodus, Gr. peri`odos a going round, a way round, a circumference, a period of time; peri` round, about + "odo`s a way: cf. F. priode.]

  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

    Etymology: [L. periodus, Gr. peri`odos a going round, a way round, a circumference, a period of time; peri` round, about + "odo`s a way: cf. F. priode.]

  5. Period(noun)

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

    Etymology: [L. periodus, Gr. peri`odos a going round, a way round, a circumference, a period of time; peri` round, about + "odo`s a way: cf. F. priode.]

  6. Period(noun)

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

    Etymology: [L. periodus, Gr. peri`odos a going round, a way round, a circumference, a period of time; peri` round, about + "odo`s a way: cf. F. priode.]

  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

    Etymology: [L. periodus, Gr. peri`odos a going round, a way round, a circumference, a period of time; peri` round, about + "odo`s a way: cf. F. priode.]

  8. Period(noun)

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

    Etymology: [L. periodus, Gr. peri`odos a going round, a way round, a circumference, a period of time; peri` round, about + "odo`s a way: cf. F. priode.]

  9. Period(noun)

    a complete musical sentence

    Etymology: [L. periodus, Gr. peri`odos a going round, a way round, a circumference, a period of time; peri` round, about + "odo`s a way: cf. F. priode.]

  10. Period(verb)

    to put an end to

    Etymology: [L. periodus, Gr. peri`odos a going round, a way round, a circumference, a period of time; peri` round, about + "odo`s a way: cf. F. priode.]

  11. Period(verb)

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

    Etymology: [L. periodus, Gr. peri`odos a going round, a way round, a circumference, a period of time; peri` round, about + "odo`s a way: cf. F. priode.]

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Period

    pē′ri-ud, n. the time in which anything is performed: (astron.) the time occupied by one of the heavenly bodies in making its revolution: a stated interval of time, at the end of which certain events begin again to go through the same course as before: a series of events: a series of years: length of duration: the time at which anything ends: conclusion: (gram.) a mark at the end of a sentence: (rhet.) a complete sentence.—v.t. (Shak.) to put an end to.—adjs. Period′ic, -al, pertaining to a period: happening by revolution: occurring at regular intervals: pertaining to periodicals.—ns. Period′ical, a magazine or other publication which appears in parts at regular periods; Period′icalist, one who writes in a periodical.—adv. Period′ically.—n. Periodic′ity, state of being periodic: tendency to happen over again at regular intervals of time.—Periodical literature, literature published in magazines, &c.; Periodic function, one whose operation being iterated a certain number of times restores the variable: a function having a period; Periodic inequality, a disturbance in the motion of a planet due to its position in its orbit relatively to another planet; Periodic law (chem.), a relation of elements according to their atomic weights. [Fr.,—L.,—Gr. periodosperi, around, hodos, a way.]

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.

Editors Contribution

  1. period

    A specific or known unit of time.

    The governmental period was for a 5yr period.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 20, 2020  

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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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of period in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of period in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of period in a Sentence

  1. Chief Financial Officer John Rainey:

    Sixty dollars is an attractive price. It's just that you really can't place a hedge outside of this period for $60, seventy dollars is an attractive price too, but we want to be fairly prudent with how we spend our money on hedging. ... We really want to see the market settle a little bit.

  2. Steven Mnuchin:

    It will be embarrassing if I keep this person waiting for a long period of time.

  3. Ken Cuccinelli:

    We're talking only about violent rioters. We're not talking about actual protesters. We're not seeking to interfere at all with anyone peacefully expressing themselves - period, full stop.

  4. Matija Cuk:

    But that fact allows us to use computer simulations to tease out the history of Saturn’s inner moons, doing so, we find that they were most likely born during the most recent 2 percent of the planet’s history. Related : Saturn's largest moon Titan is bursting with color Researchers had long thought Saturn’s rings were as old as the planet itself. But that thinking changed in 2012, when French astronomers found that tidal effects – the gravitational interaction of the inner moons with fluids deep in Saturn’s interior – are causing them to spiral to larger orbital radii comparatively quickly. The implication, given their present positions, is that these moons, and presumably the rings, are not so old. That still did n’t answer exactly when they were born. Cuk and his team turned to results from NASA’s Cassini mission, which has observed ice geysers on Saturn’s moon Enceladus. Assuming that the energy powering these geysers comes directly from tidal interactions and that Enceladus ’ level of geothermal activity is more or less constant, then the tides within Saturn are quite strong. According to the team’s analysis, these would move the satellite by the small amount indicated by the simulations in only about 100 million years. Related : Cassini probe takes' cosmic bulls-eye' of Saturn moons Enceladus, Tethys This would date the formation of the major moons of Saturn, with the exception of more distant Titan and Iapetus, to the relatively recent Cretaceous Period, the era of the dinosaurs.

  5. Nick Obradovich:

    Exposure to hotter temperatures and higher rates of precipitation in that period produced increases in the probability that people were going to report some mental health problem in that period.

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