HyperDic: period

English > 7 senses of the word period:
NOUNtimeperiod, time period, period of timean amount of time
timeperiodthe interval taken to complete one cycle of a regularly repeating phenomenon
timeperiod(ice hockey) one of three divisions into which play is divided in hockey games
timeperiod, geological perioda unit of geological time during which a system of rocks formed
timeperiodthe end or completion of something
processperiod, menstruation, menses, menstruum, catamenia, flowthe monthly discharge of blood from the uterus of nonpregnant women from puberty to menopause
communicationperiod, point, full stop, stop, full pointa punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations
period > pronunciation
Soundspih'riyahd
Rhymesabbreviated ... wounded: 365 rhymes with ahd...
English > period: 7 senses > noun 1, time
MeaningAn amount of time.
Examples
  • "a time period of 30 years"
  • "hastened the period of time of his recovery"
  • "Picasso's blue period"
Synonymstime period, period of time
InstancesBronze Age(archeology) a period between the Stone and Iron Ages, characterized by the manufacture and use of bronze tools and weapons
Eolithic Age, EolithicThe earliest part of the Stone Age marked by the earliest signs of human culture
Great SchismThe period from 1378 to 1417 during which there were two papacies in the Roman Catholic Church, one in Rome and one in Avignon
Iron Age(archeology) the period following the Bronze Age
Lower PaleolithicThe oldest part of the Paleolithic Age with the emergence of the hand ax
Mesolithic Age, Mesolithic, Epipaleolithicmiddle part of the Stone Age beginning about 15,000 years ago
Middle PaleolithicThe time period of Neanderthal man
Neolithic Age, Neolithic, New Stone AgeLatest part of the Stone Age beginning about 10,000 BC in the Middle East (but later elsewhere)
Paleolithic Age, Paleolithic, PalaeolithicSecond part of the Stone Age beginning about 750,00 to 500,000 years BC and lasting / lasting until the end of the last ice age about 8,500 years BC
Stone Age(archeology) the earliest known period of human culture, characterized by the use of stone implements
Upper PaleolithicThe time period during which only modern Homo sapiens was known to have existed
NarrowerGolden Age(classical mythology) the first and best age of the world, a time of ideal happiness, prosperity, and innocence
Indian summer, Saint Martin's summerA period of unusually warm weather in the autumn
OlympiadOne of the four-year intervals between Olympic Games
air alertThe time period during which military and civilian agencies are prepared for an enemy / enemy air attack
bimesterA period of 2 months
bimillennium, bimillenaryA span of 2000 years
boutA period of illness
bronze age(classical mythology) the third age of the world, marked by war and violence / violence
calendar day, civil dayA day reckoned from midnight to midnight
calendar month, monthOne of the twelve divisions of the calendar year
centuryA period of 100 years
clotting timeThe time it takes for a sample of blood to clot / clot
dawnAn opening time period
day, daytime, daylightThe time after sunrise and before sunset while it is light outside
dayThe period of time taken by a particular planet (e.g. Mars) to make a complete rotation on its axis
decade, decennary, decenniumA period of 10 years
dog days, canicule, canicular daysThe hot period between early July and early September
downtimeA period of time when something (as a machine or factory) is not operating (especially as a result of malfunctions)
drought, drouthA prolonged shortage / shortage
duration, continuanceThe period of time during which something continues
elapsed timeThe time that elapses while some event is occurring
enlistment, hitch, term of enlistment, tour of duty, duty tour, tourA period of time spent in military service
era, epochA period marked by distinctive character or reckoned from a fixed point or event
eveThe period immediately before something
eveningA later concluding time period
eveningThe early part of night (from dinner until bedtime) spent in a special way
festivalA day or period of time set aside for feasting and celebration
field dayA time of unusual pleasure and success
flower, prime, peak, heyday, bloom, blossom, efflorescence, flushThe period of greatest prosperity or productivity
fortnight, two weeksA period of fourteen consecutive days
generationThe normal time between successive generations
grace, grace periodA period of time past the deadline for fulfilling an obligation during which a penalty that would be imposed for being late is waived, especially an extended period granted as a special favor
great year, Platonic yearTime required for one complete cycle of the precession of the equinoxes, about 25,800 years
half-centuryA period of 50 years
half life, half-lifeThe time required for something to fall to half its initial value (in particular, the time for half the atoms in a radioactive substance to disintegrate)
honeymoonThe early (usually calm and harmonious) period of a relationship
hospitalizationA period of time when you are confined to a hospital / hospital
hourA special and memorable period
hoursAn indefinite period of time
incubation periodThe period between infection and the appearance of symptoms of the disease
indictionA 15-year cycle used as a chronological unit in ancient Rome and adopted in some medieval kingdoms / kingdoms
iron age(classical mythology) the last and worst age of the world
lactationThe period following birth during which milk is secreted
lease, term of a contractThe period of time during which a contract conveying property to a person is in effect
life, lifetime, life-time, lifespanThe period during which something is functional (as between birth and death)
lifeThe period between birth and the present time
lifeThe period from the present until death
long run, long haulA period of time sufficient for factors to work themselves out
long time, age, yearsA prolonged period of time
lustrumA period of five years
mid-AprilThe middle part of April
mid-AugustThe middle part of August
mid-DecemberThe middle part of December
mid-FebruaryThe middle part of February
mid-JanuaryThe middle part of January
mid-JulyThe middle part of July
mid-JuneThe middle part of June
mid-MarchThe middle part of March
mid-MayThe middle part of May
mid-NovemberThe middle part of November
mid-OctoberThe middle part of October
mid-SeptemberThe middle part of September
midweekThe middle of a week / week
midwinterThe middle of winter
millennium, millenaryA span of 1000 years
morning, morn, morning time, forenoonThe time period between dawn and noon
multistageOccurring in more than one stage
night, nighttime, darkThe time after sunset and before sunrise while it is dark outside
nightA period of ignorance or backwardness or gloom
nightThe time between sunset and midnight
nightThe period spent sleeping
novitiate, noviciateThe period during which you are a novice (especially in a religious order)
occupationThe period of time during which a place or position or nation is occupied
overtime, extra timePlaying time beyond regulation, to break a tie
pastA earlier period in someone's life (especially one that they have reason to keep secret)
peacetimeA period of time during which there is no war
phase, stageAny distinct time period in a sequence of events
phase of the moonA time when the Moon presents a particular recurring appearance
prehistory, prehistoric cultureThe time during the development of human culture before the appearance of the written word
prohibition, prohibition eraThe period from 1920 to 1933 when the sale of alcoholic beverages was prohibited in the United States by a constitutional amendment
puerperiumtime period following childbirth when the mother's uterus shrinks / shrinks / shrinks and the other functional and anatomic changes of pregnancy are resolved
quadrenniumA period of four years
quarterA fourth part of a year
quarter-centuryA period of 25 years
question timeA period during a parliamentary session when members of British Parliament may ask questions of the ministers
quinquenniumA period of five years
rainy dayA (future) time of financial need
real time(computer science) the time it takes for a process under computer control to occur
real timeThe actual time that it takes a process to occur
regulation time(sports) the normal prescribed duration of a game
reignA period during which something or somebody is dominant or powerful
runThe continuous period of time during which something (a machine or a factory) operates or continues in operation
running timeThe length of time that a movie or tv show runs
school, schooltime, school dayThe period of instruction in a school
season, time of yearOne of the natural periods into which the year is divided by the equinoxes and solstices or atmospheric conditions
seasonA recurrent time marked by major holidays
seasonA period of the year marked by special events or activities in some field / field
semesterhalf a year
shelf lifeThe length of time a packaged food or drug will last / last without deteriorating
silly seasonA time usually late summer characterized by exaggerated news stories about frivolous matters for want of real news
silver age(classical mythology) the second age of the world, characterized by opulence and irreligion
sleep, napA period of time spent sleeping
study hallA period of time during the school day that is set aside for study
termA limited period of time
tide, lunar time periodThere are usually two high and two low tides each day
timeAn indefinite period (usually marked by specific attributes or activities)
timeA period of time considered as a resource under your control and sufficient to accomplish / accomplish something
time frameA time period during which something occurs or is expected to occur
time limitA time period within which something must be done or completed
time of lifeA period of time during which a person is normally in a particular life state
time offA time period when you are not required to work
timesA more or less definite period of time now or previously present
travel timeA period of time spent traveling
trial period, test periodA period of time during which someone or something is tested
trimesterA period of three months
uptimeA period of time when something (as a machine or factory) is functioning and available for use
usanceThe period of time permitted by commercial usage for the payment of a bill of exchange (especially a foreign bill of exchange)
wartimeA period of time during which there is armed conflict
watchThe period during which someone (especially a guard) is on duty
week, hebdomadAny period of seven consecutive days
week, calendar weekA period of seven consecutive days starting on Sunday
weekendA time period usually extending from Friday night through Sunday
windowThe time period that is considered best for starting or finishing something
work timeA time period when you are required to work
yearThe period of time that it takes for a planet (as, e.g., Earth or Mars) to make a complete revolution around the sun
year, twelvemonth, yrA period of time containing 365 (or 366) days
yearA period of time occupying a regular part of a calendar year that is used for some particular activity
youth, early daysAn early period of development
Broaderfundamental quantity, fundamental measureOne of the four quantities that are the basis of systems of measurement
Spanishetapa, periodo, período
Catalanetapa, període
English > period: 7 senses > noun 2, time
MeaningThe interval taken to complete one cycle of a regularly repeating phenomenon.
Narrowerorbit periodThe time it takes to complete one full orbit around a celestial body
Broadertime interval, intervalA definite length of time marked off by two instants
Spanishperíodo
Adjectivesperiodicalhappening or recurring at regular intervals
English > period: 7 senses > noun 3, time
Meaning(ice hockey) one of three divisions into which play is divided in hockey games.
Categoryice hockey, hockey, hockey gameA game / game played on an ice rink by two opposing teams of six skaters each who try to knock a flat round puck into the opponents' goal with angled sticks
Part ofplaying period, period of play, play(in games or plays or other performances) the time during which play proceeds
Broaderpart, section, divisionOne of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole
Spanishperíodo
English > period: 7 senses > noun 4, time
MeaningA unit of geological time during which a system of rocks formed.
Example"ganoid fishes swarmed during the earlier geological periods"
Synonymgeological period
InstancesCambrian, Cambrian periodFrom 544 million to about 500 million years ago
Carboniferous, Carboniferous periodFrom 345 million to 280 million years ago
Cretaceous, Cretaceous periodFrom 135 million to 63 million years ago
Devonian, Devonian period, Age of FishesFrom 405 million to 345 million years ago
Jurassic, Jurassic periodFrom 190 million to 135 million years ago
Mississippian, Missippian period, Lower Carboniferous, Lower Carboniferous periodFrom 345 million to 310 million years ago
Ordovician, Ordovician periodFrom 500 million to 425 million years ago
Pennsylvanian, Pennsylvanian period, Upper Carboniferous, Upper Carboniferous periodFrom 310 million to 280 million years ago
Permian, Permian periodFrom 280 million to 230 million years ago
Quaternary, Quaternary period, Age of Manlast 2 million years
Silurian, Silurian periodFrom 425 million to 405 million years ago
Tertiary, Tertiary periodFrom 63 million to 2 million years ago
Triassic, Triassic periodFrom 230 million to 190 million years ago
Part ofera, geological eraA major division of geological time
PartsepochA unit of geological time that is a subdivision of a period and is itself divided into ages
Narrowerice age, glacial period, glacial epochAny period of time during which glaciers covered a large part of the earth's surface
Broadergeological time, geologic timeThe time of the physical formation and development of the earth (especially prior to human history)
Spanishperiodo, período
Catalanperíode
English > period: 7 senses > noun 5, time
MeaningThe end or completion of something.
Examples
  • "death put a period to his endeavors"
  • "a change soon put a period to my tranquility"
Broaderend, endingThe point in time at which something ends
Usage oftrope, figure of speech, figure, imagelanguage used in a figurative or nonliteral sense
English > period: 7 senses > noun 6, process
MeaningThe monthly discharge of blood from the uterus of nonpregnant women from puberty to menopause.
Synonymsmenstruation, menses, menstruum, catamenia, flow
Narrowermenorrhagia, hypermenorrheaabnormally heavy or prolonged menstruation
oligomenorrheaabnormally light or infrequent menstruation
Broaderdischarge, emission, expellingAny of several bodily processes by which substances go out of the body
Spanishcatamenia, menstruación, menstruo, mes, periodo, período, regla
Catalancatamenia, menstruació, menstru, menstruo, regla
English > period: 7 senses > noun 7, communication
MeaningA punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations.
Example"in England they call a period a stop"
Synonymspoint, full stop, stop, full point
Narrowersuspension point(usually plural) one of a series of points indicating that something has been omitted or that the sentence is incomplete
Broaderpunctuation, punctuation markThe marks used to clarify meaning / meaning by indicating separation of words into sentences and clauses and phrases
Spanishpunto
Catalanpunt

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