Definition of "period" []

  • An interval of time characterized by the occurrence of a certain condition, event, or phenomenon: a period of economic prosperity. (noun)
  • An interval of time characterized by the prevalence of a specified culture, ideology, or technology: artifacts of the pre-Columbian period. (noun)
  • An interval regarded as a distinct evolutionary or developmental phase: Picasso's early career is divided into his blue period and rose period. (noun)
  • Geology A unit of time, longer than an epoch and shorter than an era. (noun)
  • Any of various arbitrary units of time, especially: (noun)
  • A portion of time of indefinable length (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A portion of time specified in some way (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • A nontechnical name for an occurrence of menstruation (noun)
  • A unit of geological time during which a system of rocks is formed (noun)
  • A division of time, esp of the academic day (noun)
  • The time taken to complete one cycle of a regularly recurring phenomenon; the reciprocal of frequency (noun)
  • An interval in which the values of a periodic function follow a certain pattern that is duplicated over successive intervals (noun)
  • The time required by a body to make one complete rotation on its axis (noun)
  • The time interval between two successive maxima or minima of light variation of a variable star (noun)
  • One of the horizontal rows of elements in the periodic table. Each period starts with an alkali metal and ends with a rare gas (noun)
  • The punctuation mark (.) used at the end of a sentence that is not a question or exclamation, after abbreviations, etc (noun)
  • A complete sentence, esp a complex one with several clauses (noun)
  • A passage or division of a piece of music, usually consisting of two or more contrasting or complementary musical phrases and ending on a cadence (noun)
  • (in classical prosody) a unit consisting of two or more cola (noun)
  • A completion or end (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "period" in a sentence
  • "The RE is, at least as I understand it (and in 40 years of statistics and econometrics I never ran in to it until started reading climate papers), is 1 minus the ratio of the predicted minus actual values (both in the verification period) squared over the squared deviations of the actual values (in the verification period) less the mean of the __calibration period__."
  • "It is going to make a difference which 5-year period is picked or whether the trend rate measured over a 5-year period of a 10-year period…."
  • "Here it is usual to enquire, whether it is necessary to attend to our numbers through the whole compass of a period, [Footnote: Our author here informs us, that what the Greeks called [Greek: periodos], a _period_, was distinguished among the Romans by the words _ambitus, circuitus, comprehensio, continuatio_, and _circumscriptio_."