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Noun period has 7 senses

1.  period(n = noun.time) period of time, time period - an amount of time; "a time period of 30 years"; "hastened the period of time of his recovery"; "Picasso's blue period"
is a kind of fundamental measure, fundamental quantity
has particulars: test period, trial period, time frame, hours, downtime, uptime, work time, time off, bout, hospitalization, travel time, times, time, elapsed time, continuance, duration, calendar week, week, midweek, field day, life, life-time, lifespan, lifetime, life, life, millenary, millennium, bimillenary, bimillennium, occupation, past, shelf life, puerperium, lactation, time of life, calendar day, civil day, festival, day, daylight, daytime, forenoon, morn, morning, morning time, dark, night, nighttime, night, night, night, eve, evening, hebdomad, week, fortnight, two weeks, weekend, indian summer, saint martin's summer, year, school, school day, schooltime, twelvemonth, year, yr, year, semester, bimester, olympiad, lustrum, decade, decennary, decennium, century, quadrennium, quinquennium, half-century, quarter-century, quarter, phase of the moon, day, calendar month, month, mid-january, mid-february, mid-march, mid-april, mid-may, mid-june, mid-july, mid-august, mid-september, mid-october, mid-november, mid-december, time limit, term, trimester, hour, silly season, golden age, silver age, bronze age, iron age, great year, platonic year, regulation time, extra time, overtime, season, time of year, canicular days, canicule, dog days, midwinter, season, season, age, long time, years, long haul, long run, drought, drouth, epoch, era, generation, prehistoric culture, prehistory, reign, run, early days, youth, dawn, evening, time, nap, sleep, lease, term of a contract, half-life, half life, lunar time period, tide, phase, stage, multistage, watch, peacetime, wartime, duty tour, enlistment, hitch, term of enlistment, tour, tour of duty, honeymoon, indiction, prohibition, prohibition era, incubation period, rainy day, noviciate, novitiate, bloom, blossom, efflorescence, flower, flush, heyday, peak, prime, running time, clotting time, air alert, question time, real time, real time, study hall, usance, window, bronze age, iron age, stone age, eolithic, eolithic age, palaeolithic, paleolithic, paleolithic age, lower paleolithic, middle paleolithic, upper paleolithic, epipaleolithic, mesolithic, mesolithic age, neolithic, neolithic age, new stone age, great schism

2.  period(n = noun.time) - the interval taken to complete one cycle of a regularly repeating phenomenon;
is a kind of
interval, time interval
has particulars: orbit period
Derived form adjective periodical1

3.  period(n = noun.time) - (ice hockey) one of three divisions into which play is divided in hockey games;
is a kind of
division, part, section
is a part of period of play, play, playing period

4.  period(n = noun.time) geological period - a unit of geological time during which a system of rocks formed; "ganoid fishes swarmed during the earlier geological periods"
is a kind of geologic time, geological time
is a part of era, geological era
has parts: epoch
has particulars: glacial epoch, glacial period, ice age

5.  period(n = noun.time) - the end or completion of something; "death put a period to his endeavors"; "a change soon put a period to my tranquility"
is a kind of
end, ending

6.  period(n = noun.process) catamenia, flow, menses, menstruation, menstruum - 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"; "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"
is a kind of discharge, emission, expelling
has particulars: hypermenorrhea, menorrhagia, oligomenorrhea

7.  period(n = noun.communication) full point, full stop, point, stop - 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"
is a kind of punctuation, punctuation mark
has particulars: suspension point


period, n. [L. periodus, Gr. a going round, a way round, a circumference, a period of time; round, about + a way: cf. F. période.].

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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]
"How by art to make plants more lasting than their ordinary period." [1913 Webster]

3.  One of the great divisions of geological time; as, the Tertiary period; the Glacial period. See the Chart of Geology. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]
"So spake the archangel Michael; then paused,
As at the world's great period.
" [1913 Webster]
"Evils which shall never end till eternity hath a period." [1913 Webster]
"This is the period of my ambition." [1913 Webster]

5.  A complete sentence, from one full stop to another; esp., a well-proportioned, harmonious sentence. Tennyson. [1913 Webster]
" 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 coördinate propositions related by antithesis or causality." Gibbs. [1913 Webster]
"Periods are beautiful when they are not too long." [1913 Webster]

6.  The punctuation point [.] that marks the end of a complete sentence, or of an abbreviated word. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

8.  The time of the exacerbation and remission of a disease, or of the paroxysm and intermission. [1913 Webster]

9.  A complete musical sentence. [1913 Webster]

The period, the present or current time, as distinguished from all other times.
Syn. -- Time; date; epoch; era; age; duration; limit; bound; end; conclusion; determination.

period, v. t.

   To put an end to. Shak. [1913 Webster]

period, v. i.

   To come to a period; to conclude. [Obs.] “You may period upon this, that,” etc. Felthman. [1913 Webster]


period, n. & adj.
1 a length or portion of time (showers and bright periods).
2 a distinct portion of history, a person's life, etc. (the Georgian period; Picasso's Blue Period).
3 Geol. a time forming part of a geological era (the Quaternary period).
4 a an interval between recurrences of an astronomical or other phenomenon. b the time taken by a planet to rotate about its axis.
5 the time allowed for a lesson in school.
6 an occurrence of menstruation.
7 a a complete sentence, esp. one consisting of several clauses. b (in pl.) rhetorical language.
8 esp. US a = full stop (see FULL(1)). b used at the end of a sentence etc. to indicate finality, absoluteness, etc. (we want the best, period).
9 a a set of figures marked off in a large number to assist in reading. b a set of figures repeated in a recurring decimal. c the smallest interval over which a function takes the same value.
10 Chem. a sequence of elements between two noble gases forming a row in the periodic table.
--adj. belonging to or characteristic of some past period (period furniture).

of the period of the era under discussion (the custom of the period). period piece an object or work whose main interest lies in its historical etc. associations.

ME f. OF periode f. L periodus f. Gk periodos (as PERI-, odos = hodos way)



N  end, close, termination, desinence, conclusion, finis, finale, period, term, terminus, endpoint, last, omega, extreme, extremity, gable end, butt end, fag-end, tip, nib, point, tail, verge, tag, peroration, bonne bouche, bottom dollar, tail end, rear guard, consummation, denouement, finish, fate, doom, doomsday, crack of doom, day of Judgment, dies irae, fall of the curtain, goal, destination, limit, determination, expiration, expiry, extinction, extermination, death, end of all things, finality, eschatology, break up, commencement de la fin, last stage, turning point, coup de grace, deathblow, knock-out-blow, sockdolager, ending, final, terminal, definitive, crowning, last, ultimate, hindermost, rear, caudal, vergent, conterminate, conterminous, conterminable, ended, at an end, settled, decided, over, played out, set at rest, conclusive, penultimate, last but one, last but two, unbegun, uncommenced, fresh, finally, in fine, at the last, once for all, as high as Heaven and as deep as hell, deficit omne quod nascitur, en toute chose il faut considerer la fin, finem respice, ultimus Romanorum.


N  term, rank, station, stage, step, degree, scale, remove, grade, link, peg, round of the ladder, status, position, place, point, mark, pas, period, pitch, stand, standing, footing, range.


N  time, duration, period, term, stage, space, span, spell, season, the whole time, the whole period, space-time, course, snap, intermediate time, while, interim, interval, pendency, intervention, intermission, intermittence, interregnum, interlude, respite, era, epoch, time of life, age, year, date, decade, moment, glass of time, sands of time, march of time, Father Time, ravages of time, arrow of time, river of time, whirligig of time, noiseless foot of time, scythe, continuing, on foot, permanent, while, whilst, during, pending, during the time, during the interval, in the course of, at that point, at that point in time, for the time being, day by day, in the time of, when, meantime, meanwhile, in the meantime, in the interim, ad interim, pendente lite, de die in diem, from day to day, from hour to hour, hourly, always, for a time, for a season, till, until, up to, yet, as far as, by that time, so far, hereunto, heretofore, prior to this, up to this point, the whole time, all the time, all along, throughout, for good, hereupon, thereupon, whereupon, then, anno Domini, A, D, ante Christum, A, C, before Christ, B, C, anno urbis conditae, A, U, C, anno regni, A, R, once upon a time, one fine morning, one fine day, one day, once, time flies, tempus fugit, time runs out, time runs against, race against time, racing the clock, time marches on, time is of the essence, time and tide wait for no man, ad calendas Groecas, panting Time toileth after him in vain, 'gainst the tooth of time and razure of oblivion, rich with the spoils of time, tempus edax rerum, the long hours come and go, the time is out of joint, Time rolls his ceaseless course, Time the foe of man's dominion, time wasted is existence, used is life, truditur dies die, volat hora per orbem, carpe diem.


N  period, age, era, second, minute, hour, day, week, month, quarter, year, decade, decenniumm lustrum, quinquennium, lifetime, generation, epoch, ghurry, lunation, moon, century, millennium, annus magnus, horary, hourly, annual.


N  regularity of recurrence, periodicity, intermittence, beat, oscillation, pulse, pulsation, rhythm, alternation, alternateness, alternativeness, alternity, bout, round, revolution, rotation, turn, say, anniversary, jubilee, centenary, catamenia, courses, menses, menstrual flux, rota, cycle, period, stated time, routine, days of the week, Sunday, Monday, months of the year, January, feast, fast, Christmas, Easter, New Year's day, Allhallows, Allhallowmas, All Saints' Day, All Souls', All Souls' Day, Ash Wednesday, bicentennial, birthday, bissextile, Candlemas, Dewali, groundhog day, Halloween, Hallowmas, Lady day, leap year, Midsummer day, Muharram, woodchuck day, St. Swithin's day, natal day, yearbook, yuletide, punctuality, regularity, steadiness, periodic, periodical, serial, recurrent, cyclical, rhythmical, recurring, intermittent, remittent, alternate, every other, hourly, diurnal, daily, quotidian, tertian, weekly, hebdomadal, hebdomadary, biweekly, fortnightly, bimonthly, catamenial, monthly, menstrual, yearly, annual, biennial, triennial, centennial, secular, paschal, lenten, regular, steady, punctual, regular as clockwork, periodically, at regular intervals, at stated times, at fixed established, at established periods, punctually, de die in diem, from day to day, day by day, by turns, in turn, in rotation, alternately, every other day, off and on, ride and tie, round and round.


N  cessation, discontinuance, desistance, desinence, intermission, remission, suspense, suspension, interruption, stop, stopping, closure, stoppage, halt, arrival, pause, rest, lull, respite, truce, drop, interregnum, abeyance, cloture, dead stop, dead stand, dead lock, finis, cerrado, blowout, burnout, meltdown, disintegration, comma, colon, semicolon, period, full stop, end, death, I pause for a reply.


N  interval, interspace, separation, break, gap, opening, hole, chasm, hiatus, caesura, interruption, interregnum, interstice, lacuna, cleft, mesh, crevice, chink, rime, creek, cranny, crack, chap, slit, fissure, scissure, rift, flaw, breach, rent, gash, cut, leak, dike, ha-ha, gorge, defile, ravine, canon, crevasse, abyss, abysm, gulf, inlet, frith, strait, gully, pass, furrow, abra, barranca, barranco, clove, gulch, notch, yawning gulf, hiatus maxime, hiatus valde deflendus, parenthesis, void, incompleteness, period, interim (time), with an interval, far between, breachy, rimose, rimulose, at intervals, longo intervallo.


N  indication, symbolism, symbolization, semiology, semiotics, semeiology, semeiotics, Zeitgeist, characteristic, diagnostic, lineament, feature, trait, fingerprint, voiceprint, footprint, noseprint, cloven hoof, footfall, recognition (memory), diagnostic, divining rod, detector, sign, symbol, index, indice, indicator, point, pointer, exponent, note, token, symptom, dollar sign, dollar mark, type, figure, emblem, cipher, device, representation, epigraph, motto, posy, gesture, gesticulation, pantomime, wink, glance, leer, nod, shrug, beck, touch, nudge, dactylology, dactylonomy, freemasonry, telegraphy, chirology, byplay, dumb show, cue, hint, clue, clew, key, scent, signal, signal post, rocket, blue light, watch fire, watch tower, telegraph, semaphore, flagstaff, cresset, fiery cross, calumet, heliograph, guidon, headlight, mark, scratch, line, stroke, dash, score, stripe, streak, tick, dot, point, notch, nick, print, imprint, impress, impression, keyboard symbols, printing symbols, red letter, italics, sublineation, underlining, bold font, jotting, note, annotation, reference, blaze, cedilla, guillemets, hachure, quotation marks, ", double quotes, " ", parentheses, "( )", brackets, "", braces, "", left arrow, "<", right arrow, ">", forward slash, "/", backward slash, "\", exclamation point, "!", commercial at, "@", pound sign, "#", percent sign, "%", carat, "", ampersand, "&", asterisk, "*", hyphen, "-", dash, "-", "_", em dash, "--", plus sign, "+", equals sign, "=", question mark, "?", period, ", ", semicolon, ", ", colon, ":", comma, ", ", apostrophe, "'", single quote, "'", tilde, "~", badge, criterion, countercheck, countermark, countersign, counterfoil, duplicate, tally, label, ticket, billet, letter, counter, check, chip, chop, dib, totem, tessera, card, bill, witness, voucher, stamp, cacher, trade mark, Hall mark, signature, mark, autograph, autography, attestation, hand, hand writing, sign manual, cipher, seal, sigil, signet, hand and seal, paraph, brand, superscription, indorsement, endorsement, password, watchword, catchword, security card, pass, passkey, credentials, open sesame, timbrology, mot de passe, mot du guet, pass-parole, shibboleth, title, heading, docket, address card, visiting card, carte de visite, insignia, banner, banneret, bannerol, bandrol, flag, colors, streamer, standard, eagle, labarum, oriflamb, oriflamme, figurehead, ensign, pennon, pennant, pendant, burgee, blue Peter, jack, ancient, gonfalon, union jack, banderole, old glory, quarantine flag, vexillum, yellow-flag, yellow jack, tricolor, stars and stripes, bunting, heraldry, crest, coat of arms, arms, armorial bearings, hatchment, escutcheon, scutcheon, shield, supporters, livery, uniform, cockade, epaulet, chevron, garland, love knot, favor, beacon, cairn, post, staff, flagstaff, hand, pointer, vane, cock, weathercock, guidepost, handpost, fingerpost, directing post, signpost, pillars of Hercules, pharos, bale-fire, beacon-fire, l'etoile du Nord, landmark, seamark, lighthouse, balize, polestar, loadstar, lodestar, cynosure, guide, address, direction, name, sign, signboard, warning, omen, prefigurement, trace, record, warning &c, alarm, scepter, trophy, gauge, milestone, milepost, brand, fool's cap, check, telltale, test, mileage ticket, milliary, notification, advertisement, word of command, call, bugle call, trumpet call, bell, alarum, cry, battle cry, rallying cry, angelus, reveille, sacring bell, sanctus bell, exposition &c (explanation), proof, pattern, indicating, indicative, indicatory, denotative, connotative, diacritical, representative, typical, symbolic, pantomimic, pathognomonic, symptomatic, characteristic, demonstrative, diagnostic, exponential, emblematic, armorial, individual, known by, recognizable by, indicated, pointed, marked, denotable, indelible, in token of, symbolically, in dumb show, ecce signum, ex ungue leonem, ex pede Herculem, vide ut supra, vultus ariete fortior.


alabama period, cambrian period, carboniferous period, catskill period, champlain period, chemung period, class period, cretaceous period, devonian period, duty period, fertile period, final period, first period, geological period, gestation period, glacial period, hamilton period, historic period, historical period, incubation period, jurassic period, latency period, latent period, lower carboniferous period, lunar time period, lunch period, missippian period, neonatal period, niagara period, orbit period, ordovician period, overtime period, pennsylvanian period, period of play, period of time, period piece, period style, permian period, playing period, precambrian period, quaternary period, reconstruction period, refractory period, rest period, safe period, salina period, second period, silurian period, tertiary period, test period, third period, time period, trenton period, trial period, triassic period, twenty-four hour period, upper carboniferous period