period meaning

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period noun
1. (time_interval) the interval taken to complete one cycle of a regularly repeating phenomenon
2. (part) (ice hockey) one of three divisions into which play is divided in hockey games
3. (geological_time) a unit of geological time during which a system of rocks formed
Related: geological_period
  • "ganoid fishes swarmed during the earlier geological periods"
4. (end) the end or completion of something
  • "death put a period to his endeavors"
  • "a change soon put a period to my tranquility"
5. (punctuation) a punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations
Related: point, full_stop, stop, full_point
  • "in England they call a period a stop"
menstruation noun
1. (discharge) the monthly discharge of blood from the uterus of nonpregnant women from puberty to menopause
Related: menses, menstruum, catamenia, period, flow
  • "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
time_period noun
1. (fundamental_quantity) an amount of time
Related: period_of_time, period
  • "a time period of 30 years"
  • "hastened the period of time of his recovery"
  • "Picasso's blue period"
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