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period


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Period  \Pe"ri*od\,  v.  t. 
  To  put  an  end  to  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Period  \Pe"ri*od\,  v.  i. 
  To  come  to  a  period;  to  conclude.  [Obs.]  ``You  may  period 
  upon  this  that,''  etc  --Felthman. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Period  \Pe"ri*od\,  n.  [L.  periodus  Gr  ?  a  going  round,  a  way 
  round,  a  circumference,  a  period  of  time;  ?  round,  about  +  ? 
  a  way:  cf  F.  p['e]riode.] 
  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.  Hence:  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. 
 
  How  by  art  to  make  plants  more  lasting  than  their 
  ordinary  period.  --Bacon. 
 
  3.  (Geol.)  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.  --Bacon. 
 
  So  spake  the  archangel  Michael;  then  paused,  As  at 
  the  world's  great  period.  --Milton. 
 
  Evils  which  shall  never  end  till  eternity  hath  a 
  period.  --Jer.  Taylor. 
 
  This  is  the  period  of  my  ambition.  --Shak. 
 
  5.  (Rhet.)  A  complete  sentence,  from  one  full  stop  to 
  another;  esp.,  a  well-proportioned,  harmonious  sentence. 
  ``Devolved  his  rounded  periods.''  --Tennyson. 
 
  Periods  are  beautiful  when  they  are  not  too  long. 
  --B.  Johnson. 
 
  Note:  The  period,  according  to  Heyse,  is  a  compound  sentence 
  consisting  of  a  protasis  and  apodosis;  according  to 
  Becker,  it  is  the  appropriate  form  for  the 
  co["o]rdinate  propositions  related  by  antithesis  or 
  causality.  --Gibbs. 
 
  6.  (Print.)  The  punctuation  point  [.]  that  marks  the  end  of  a 
  complete  sentence,  or  of  an  abbreviated  word 
 
  7.  (Math.)  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  period 
  n  1:  an  indefinite  length  of  time;  "a  time  period  of  30  years"; 
  "hastened  the  period  of  his  recovery"  [syn:  {time  period}, 
  {period  of  time},  {amount  of  time}] 
  2:  a  stage  in  the  history  of  a  culture  having  a  definable  place 
  in  space  and  time;  "a  novel  from  the  Victorian  period" 
  [syn:  {historic  period},  {historical  period}] 
  3:  the  interval  taken  to  complete  one  cycle  of  a  regularly 
  repeating  phenomenon 
  4:  a  time  of  life  characterized  as  a  distinct  phase;  "Picasso's 
  blue  period";  "it  was  the  happy  period  of  my  life" 
  5:  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  [syn:  {menstruation}, 
  {menses},  {catamenia},  {flow}] 
  6:  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"  [syn:  {point},  {full 
  stop},  {stop},  {full  point}] 
  7:  a  unit  of  geological  time  during  which  a  system  of  rocks 
  formed;  "ganoid  fishes  swarmed  during  the  earlier 
  geological  periods"  [syn:  {geological  period}] 
  8:  one  of  three  periods  of  play  in  hockey  games 
  9:  the  end  or  completion  of  something  "death  put  a  period  to 
  his  endeavors";  "a  change  soon  put  a  period  to  my 
  tranquility" 




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