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Another word for period

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Noun
  1. A specific length of time characterized by the occurrence of certain conditions or events

      1. Language of a certain kind; chosen words:
      2. A point in time at which something ends; termination:
      3. The end of a normal gestation period:
      1. (Baseball) A series of movements in which a pitcher, standing with the glove side facing home plate, raises both hands to the height of the head and then lowers them to the chest or waist for a short pause before pitching the ball. It is used especially when runners are on base because it gives base runners less time to steal than they have during a full windup.
      2. (--- Informal) The last stage of an event, period, or process.
      3. (--- Informal) A term served in prison under a sentence
      1. The distance from the tip of the thumb to the tip of the little finger when the hand is fully extended, formerly used as a unit of measure equal to about 9 inches (23 centimeters).
      2. A team of two animals used together
      3. A period of time:
      1. Any of the four arbitrary divisions of the year, characterized chiefly by differences in temperature, precipitation, amount of daylight, and plant growth; spring, summer, fall (or autumn), or winter
      2. A period of time:
      3. A recurrent period characterized by certain occurrences, occupations, festivities, or crops:
    See also:

    time

  2. A particular time notable for its distinctive characteristics

      1. Indefinite, unlimited duration in which things are considered as happening in the past, present, or future; every moment there has ever been or ever will be
      2. A precise instant, second, minute, hour, day, week, month, or year, determined by clock or calendar; specif., the present instant, determined by clock
      3. An appointed or fated moment, especially of death or giving birth:
      1. (Geol.) A subdivision of an eon
      2. An event or date that marks the beginning of a new or important period in the history of something
      3. A period of time considered in terms of noteworthy and characteristic events, developments, individuals, etc.
      1. The beginning of a new and important period in the history of anything
      2. A particular period of history, especially one considered remarkable or noteworthy.
      3. A point in time or a precise date
      1. The portion of a 24-hour period that is devoted to work, school, or business:
      2. A particular or specified day
      3. The struggle or contest occurring on a certain day or in a certain period of time
      1. A period characterized by some person or by some outstanding feature or influence
      2. The time of life when a person becomes qualified to assume certain civil and personal rights and responsibilities, usually at 18 or 21 years; legal age:
      3. Any interval of geologic time; specif., a subdivision of an epoch corresponding to the rock strata of a
    See also:

    time

  3. An interval regarded as a distinct evolutionary or developmental unit

      1. The acting profession, or the world of theater. Used with the:
      2. A particular step, phase, or position in a developmental process.
      3. A level, degree, or period of time in the course of a process:
      1. Any of the stages or forms in any series or cycle of changes, as in development
      2. (Physics) A particular stage in a periodic process or phenomenon.
      3. A distinct stage of development:
    See also:

    time

  4. A span designated for a given activity

      1. Indefinite, unlimited duration in which things are considered as happening in the past, present, or future; every moment there has ever been or ever will be
      2. A precise instant, second, minute, hour, day, week, month, or year, determined by clock or calendar; specif., the present instant, determined by clock
      3. (Music) The meter of a musical pattern:
      1. One of the four natural divisions of the year, spring, summer, fall, and winter, in the North and South Temperate zones. Each season, beginning astronomically at an equinox or solstice, is characterized by specific meteorological or climatic conditions.
      2. A recurrent period characterized by certain occurrences, occupations, festivities, or crops:
      3. The suitable, fitting, or convenient time
    See also:

    time

  5. A concluding or terminating

    See also:

    continue

Another word for period

Noun
  1. A measure of time

      1. A period of activity of any kind
      2. The term or period of such a meeting or meetings
      3. The term or duration of time that is taken by such a series of meetings.
      1. The relative configuration, measured in angular units such as degrees or radians, of two orbiting bodies that periodically eclipse.
      2. Any of the stages or forms in any series or cycle of changes, as in development
      3. (Astronomy) One of the cyclically recurring apparent shapes of the visibly illuminated portion of the moon or a planet.
      1. A recurrent period characterized by certain occurrences, occupations, festivities, or crops:
      2. Any of the four arbitrary divisions of the year, characterized chiefly by differences in temperature, precipitation, amount of daylight, and plant growth; spring, summer, fall (or autumn), or winter
      3. A period of time:
      1. Plural form of year.
      2. (Colloquial, hyperbolic) An unusually long time.
      1. One of two or more successive propulsion units of a rocket vehicle that fires after the preceding one has been jettisoned.
      2. Any of two or more propulsion units used, in sequence, as the launch vehicle of a missile, spacecraft, etc.: when no longer operational or useful, the lower stages usually separate and fall back to earth
      3. A level, degree, or period of time in the course of a process:
      1. (--- Mathematics) A set of elements or points satisfying specified geometric postulates:
      2. (Math.) A set of points or elements assumed to satisfy a given set of postulates (Ex.: space of one dimension is a line and of two dimensions is a plane)
      3. A period or interval of time:
      1. (Informal) A period of weather of a particular kind:
      2. (Chiefly Austral.) A period of rest or relief from activity
      3. (Informal) A period of time that is indefinite, short, or of a specified character
      1. Any of the sections of a course or track for racing
      2. (Baseball) A series of movements in which a pitcher, standing with the glove side facing home plate, raises both hands to the height of the head and then lowers them to the chest or waist for a short pause before pitching the ball. It is used especially when runners are on base because it gives base runners less time to steal than they have during a full windup.
      3. An unbroken period; continuous space (of time)
      1. A unit of linear measure equal to nine inches: originally based on the distance between the tips of a man's extended thumb and little finger
      2. A team of two animals used together
      3. A period of time:
      1. One of the elements of a proposed or concluded agreement; a condition:
      2. The end of a normal gestation period:
      3. A set period of time; duration
      1. A period of existence or persistence:
      2. Continuance or persistence in time.
      3. The number of years required to receive the present value of future payments, both of interest and principle, of a bond, often used as an indicator of a bond's price volatility resulting from changes in interest rates.
      1. The extent of difference between two qualities, conditions, etc.
      2. (Math.) The set containing all numbers between two given numbers: it may include one, both, or neither end point
      3. A period of time between two events, points of time, etc.; intervening period
      1. A billion years
      2. An extremely long, indefinite period of time; thousands and thousands of years
      1. A period characterized by some person or by some outstanding feature or influence
      2. Any interval of geologic time; specif., a subdivision of an epoch corresponding to the rock strata of a
      3. The length of time that a person or thing has existed:
      1. (Geol.) A subdivision of an eon
      2. An event or date that marks the beginning of a new or important period in the history of something
      3. A system of reckoning time by numbering the years from some important occurrence or given point of time
      1. The period between two events or during which something exists, happens, or acts; measured or measurable interval
      2. A person's experience during a specific period or on a certain occasion:
      3. A number, as of years, days, or minutes, representing such an interval:
      1. The beginning of a new and important period in the history of anything
      2. A particular period of history, especially one considered remarkable or noteworthy.
      3. (Geol.) A subdivision of a period in geologic time corresponding to the rock strata of a series
    See also:

    age

  2. An end

      1. The final part or conclusion; end
      2. A conclusion; a finish:
      3. (Archaic) A fight at close quarters.
      1. The result or outcome of an act or process:
      2. The last step in a reasoning process; judgment, decision, or opinion formed after investigation or thought
      3. The close or last part; the end or finish:
      1. The greatest or least amount, number, or extent allowed or possible:
      2. (Games) The largest amount which may be bet at one time in games of chance.
      3. The point, line, or edge where something ends or must end; boundary or border beyond which something ceases to be or to be possible
    See also:

    end

  3. A mark of punctuation

    See also:

    punctuation

Synonym Study

  • Eon refers to an indefinitely long period it all happened eons ago
  • Age is applied to a period identified with some dominant personality or distinctive characteristic the Stone Age
  • Epoch and era are often used interchangeably to refer to a period marked by radical change, noteworthy developments, etc. an era, or epoch, of great discoveries, but epoch may specifically apply to the beginning of such a new period the steam engine marked an epoch in transportation, while era applies only to the entire period
  • Period is the general term for any portion of time