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1 an amount of time; "a time period of 30 years"; "hastened the period of time of his recovery"; "Picasso's blue period" [syn: time period, period of time]
2 one of three periods of play in hockey games
3 a stage in the history of a culture having a definable place in space and time; "a novel from the Victorian period" [syn: historic period, historical period]
4 the interval taken to complete one cycle of a regularly repeating phenomenon
5 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"--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 [syn: menstruation, menses, menstruum, catamenia, flow]
6 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" [syn: point, full stop, stop, full point]
7 a unit of geological time during which a system of rocks formed; "ganoid fishes swarmed during the earlier geological periods" [syn: geological period]
8 the end or completion of something; "death put a period to his endeavors"; "a change soon put a period to my tranquility"

User Contributed Dictionary



From periodus.


  • /ˈpɪərɪəd/


  1. Appropriate for a given historical era.
    • 2004, Mark Singer, Somewhere in America, Houghton Mifflin, page 70
      As the guests arrived — there were about a hundred, a majority in period attire — I began to feel out of place in my beige summer suit, white shirt, and red necktie. Then I got over it. I certainly didn't suffer from Confederate-uniform envy.


  1. mostly North America And nothing else; and nothing less; used for emphasis.
    When I say "eat your dinner," it means "eat your dinner," period!



and nothing else


  1. mostly North America Punctuation mark ending a sentence or marking an abbreviation.
  2. A length of time.
    There was a 'period of confusion following the announcement.
    You'll be on probation for a six-month 'period.
  3. An epoch, era, time in history or in a person's life.
    Food rationing continued in the post-war 'period.
    This is one of the last paintings Picasso created during his Blue 'Period.
  4. A specific length of time that an activity (such as a game or a school day) is conventionally divided into.
    Gretzky scored in the last minute of the second 'period.
    I have math class in second 'period.
  5. The minimum interval during which the same characteristics of a periodic phenomenon recur, such as the repetition of a wave or the rotation of a planet.
  6. Female menstruation. See also have a period
  7. A row in the periodic table of the elements.



punctation mark
  • Albanian: pikë
  • Arabic: ,
  • Bosnian: tačka
  • Croatian: točka
  • Czech: tečka
  • Dutch: punt
  • Finnish: piste
  • French: point
  • Greek: τελεία
  • Hungarian: pont
  • Norwegian: punktum
  • Polish: kropka
  • Portuguese: ponto
  • Russian: точка
  • Serbian:
    Cyrillic: тачка
    Roman: tačka
  • Slovak: bodka
  • Slovene: pika
  • Spanish: punto
  • Swedish: punkt
  • Tagalog: tuldok
  • Albanian: periudhë
  • Arabic: (marħála zamníyya)
  • Croatian: period, doba, razdoblje
  • Czech: období
  • Dutch: periode
  • Finnish: kausi, jakso
  • French: période
  • Greek: εποχή (epoçí) , περίοδος (períoðos)
  • Hungarian: időszak, periódus
  • Kurdish:
  • Norwegian: periode, æra
  • Polish: okres
  • Portuguese: período
  • Russian: период
  • Slovak: perióda
  • Slovene: doba , obdobje
  • Swedish: period
something that repeats regularly
  • Albanian: periodike
  • Arabic: (ħádaθ mutakárrir)
  • Croatian: period
  • Czech: perioda
  • Dutch: periode
  • French: période, cycle
  • Greek: περίοδος
  • Hungarian: periódus
  • Norwegian: periode
  • Portuguese: período
  • Slovak: perióda
See also menstruation
  • Albanian: zakone
  • Arabic: (ħaid) , (ʕāda šahríyya)
  • Croatian: menstruacija
  • Finnish: kuukautiset p
  • Italian: mestruazioni
  • Greek: περίοδος (períoðos)
  • Spanish: achaque



  1. period (time)


Extensive Definition

Period or periodic may refer to:

Language and literature

Science and mathematics

Other meanings

See also

period in Afrikaans: Periode
period in Czech: Perioda
period in Danish: Periode
period in German: Periode
period in Spanish: Período
period in French: Période
period in Galician: Período
period in Korean: 주기
period in Indonesian: Periode
period in Italian: Periodo
period in Luxembourgish: Period
period in Lithuanian: Periodas
period in Dutch: Periode
period in Japanese: ピリオド
period in Norwegian: Periode
period in Low German: Periood
period in Polish: Okres
period in Portuguese: Período
period in Russian: Период
period in Simple English: Period
period in Slovak: Perióda
period in Finnish: Jakso
period in Swedish: Period
period in Ukrainian: Період

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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