Period - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈpɪrɪəd|  American pronunciation of the word period
Brit.  |ˈpɪərɪəd|  British pronunciation of the word period


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

Extra examples

We have had two power failures in a five-month period.

The period between Christmas and New Year's Eve is a very busy one for us.

We are studying our country's colonial period.

Children go through many changes during the period of adolescence.

Tolstoy often used periods in his novels.

Tomorrow's weather will be dry with sunny periods.

His playing improved in a very short period of time.

The drug was tested over a five-week period.

They adopted the system for a trial period (=time in which something is tested to see if it works well).

Van Gogh's early period

I was twelve years old when I started my periods.

What class do you have first period?

The Bruins scored twice in the first period.

I'm not going, period!

Picasso's blue period

Word forms

singular: period
plural: periods
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