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Dictionary definition for: Period

1. (n) an amount of time; "a time period of 30 years" "hastened the period of time of his recovery" "Picasso''s blue period"

2. (n) one of three periods of play in hockey games

3. (n) a stage in the history of a culture having a definable place in space and time; "a novel from the Victorian period"

4. (n) the interval taken to complete one cycle of a regularly repeating phenomenon

5. (n) 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

6. (n) 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"

7. (n) a unit of geological time during which a system of rocks formed; "ganoid fishes swarmed during the earlier geological periods"

8. (n) the end or completion of something; "death put a period to his endeavors" "a change soon put a period to my tranquility"

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