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Definition of Epoch


  1. A fixed point of time, established in history by the occurrence of some grand or remarkable event; a point of time marked by an event of great subsequent influence; as, the epoch of the creation; the birth of Christ was the epoch which gave rise to the Christian era.
  2. A period of time, longer or shorter, remarkable for events of great subsequent influence; a memorable period; as, the epoch of maritime discovery, or of the Reformation.
  3. A division of time characterized by the prevalence of similar conditions of the earth; commonly a minor division or part of a period.
  4. The date at which a planet or comet has a longitude or position.
  5. An arbitrary fixed date, for which the elements used in computing the place of a planet, or other heavenly body, at any other date, are given; as, the epoch of Mars; lunar elements for the epoch March 1st, 1860.

Epoch Quotations

A country, a style or an epoch are interesting only for the idea behind them.
Christian Dior

Architecture is the will of an epoch translated into space.
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas, i.e., the class which is the ruling material force of society, is at the same time its ruling intellectual force.
Karl Marx

New York has been the subject of thousands of books. Every immigrant group has had its saga as has every epoch and social class.
Edmund White

We must understand the motives and forces of our time and analyze their structure from three points of view: the material, the functional, and the spiritual. We must make clear in what respects our epoch differs from others and in what respects it is similar.
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
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Epoch Translations

epoch in Danish is epoke
epoch in Dutch is tijdsgewricht, tijdperk
epoch in Finnish is ajanjakso
epoch in German is Epoche
epoch in Hungarian is korszak, kor
epoch in Italian is epoca
epoch in Latin is tempus temporis
epoch in Swedish is epok, tid
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