Webster 1913 Edition
περίοδοσa going round, a way round, a circumference, a period of time;
περίround, about +
ὁδόσa way: cf. F.
A portion of time as limited and determined by some recurring or cyclic 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;
periodof the sun, or the earth, or a comet; the
periodof an electromagnetic wave is the time interval between maxima
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;
periodof the Roman republic
How by art to make plants more lasting than their ordinary
One of the great divisions of geological time;
as, the Tertiary. See the Chart of
period; the Glacial
The termination or completion of a revolution, cycle, series of events, single event, or act; hence, a limit; a bound; an end; a conclusion.
So spake the archangel Michael; then paused,
As at the world’s great
As at the world’s great
Evils which shall never end till eternity hath a
This is the
periodof my ambition.
A complete sentence, from one full stop to another; esp., a well-proportioned, harmonious sentence.“Devolved his rounded periods.”
Periodsare beautiful when they are not too long.
☞ 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 coordinate propositions related by antithesis or causality.
The punctuation point [.] that marks the end of a complete sentence, or of an abbreviated word.
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.
The time of the exacerbation and remission of a disease, or of the paroxysm and intermission.
A complete musical sentence.
the present or current time, as distinguished from all other times.
Syn. – Time; date; epoch; era; age; duration; limit; bound; end; conclusion; determination.
To put an end to.
To come to a period; to conclude.
[Obs.]“You may period upon this, that,” etc.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Properly, a circuit; hence, the time which is taken up by a planet in making its revolution round the sun, or the duration of its course till it returns to the point of its orbit where it began. Thus the period of the earth or its annual revolution is 365 days, 6 hours, 9 minutes, and 30 seconds.
2.In chronology, a stated number of years; a revolution or series of years by which time is measured; as the Calippic period; the Dionysian period; the Julian period.
3.Any series of years or of days in which a revolution is completed, and the same course is to begun.
4.Any specified portion of time, designated by years, months, days or hours complete; as a period of a thousand years; the period of a year; the period of a day.
5.End; conclusion. Death puts a period to a state of probation.
6.An indefinite portion of any continued state, existence or series of events; as the first period of life; the last period of a king's reign; the early periods of history.
7.State at which any thing terminates; limit.
8.Length or usual length of duration.
9.A complete sentence from one full stop to another.
Periods are beautiful when they are not too long.
10. The point that marks the end of a complete sentence; a full stop,thus, (.)
11. In numbers, a distinction made by a point or comma after every sixth place or figure.
12. In medicine, the time of intention and remission of a disease, or of the paroxysm and remission.
Julian period, in chronology, a period of 7980 years; a number produced by multiplying 28, the years of the solar cycle, into 19, the years of the lunar cycle, and their product by 15, the years of the Roman indiction.