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Meaning & Definition of Period in English

English

Period

/pɪriəd/

noun

1. An amount of time

  • "A time period of 30 years"
  • "Hastened the period of time of his recovery"
  • "Picasso's blue period"
    synonym:
  • time period
  • ,
  • period of time
  • ,
  • period

2. The interval taken to complete one cycle of a regularly repeating phenomenon

    synonym:
  • period

3. (ice hockey) one of three divisions into which play is divided in hockey games

    synonym:
  • period

4. A unit of geological time during which a system of rocks formed

  • "Ganoid fishes swarmed during the earlier geological periods"
    synonym:
  • period
  • ,
  • geological period

5. The end or completion of something

  • "Death put a period to his endeavors"
  • "A change soon put a period to my tranquility"
    synonym:
  • period

6. 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
    synonym:
  • menstruation
  • ,
  • menses
  • ,
  • menstruum
  • ,
  • catamenia
  • ,
  • period
  • ,
  • flow

7. 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"
    synonym:
  • period
  • ,
  • point
  • ,
  • full stop
  • ,
  • stop
  • ,
  • full point

Examples of using

Last year was a period of economic uncertainty.
A study has shown that dairy cattle can increase their milk production by up to three percent after having soothing music played to them for twelve hours per day over a nine-week period.
That was a difficult period in American history.