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Definition of Period

Period

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. One of the great divisions of geological time; as, the Tertiary period; the Glacial period. See the Chart of Geology.
  4. The termination or completion of a revolution, cycle, series of events, single event, or act; hence, a limit; a bound; an end; a conclusion.
  5. A complete sentence, from one full stop to another; esp., a well-proportioned, harmonious sentence.
  6. The punctuation point [.] that marks the end of a complete sentence, or of an abbreviated word.
  7. 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.
  8. The time of the exacerbation and remission of a disease, or of the paroxysm and intermission.
  9. A complete musical sentence.
  10. To put an end to.
  11. To come to a period; to conclude. [Obs.] "You may period upon this, that," etc.

Period Quotations

History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

I used to meditate all the time in bed. That was when I was raising my daughter, and I'd get her up and off to school, and then I would go back to bed and meditate. And then I would do the same in the evening, and that was very good for that period because I had so many things to juggle as a single mother.
Alice Walker

Future. That period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true and our happiness is assured. - Ambrose Bierce
Future. That period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true and our happiness is assured.
Ambrose Bierce

Probably the happiest period in life most frequently is in middle age, when the eager passions of youth are cooled, and the infirmities of age not yet begun; as we see that the shadows, which are at morning and evening so large, almost entirely disappear at midday.
Eleanor Roosevelt

If the human race wishes to have a prolonged and indefinite period of material prosperity, they have only got to behave in a peaceful and helpful way toward one another.
Winston Churchill
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Period Translations

period in Afrikaans is punt
period in Danish is punkt
period in Dutch is periode, tijdvak
period in Finnish is piste
period in German is Zeitraum, Periode
period in Italian is periodo
period in Norwegian is punkt
period in Swedish is skede, termin, tid

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