What is period?

  • (noun): A stage in the history of a culture having a definable place in space and time.
    Example: "A novel from the Victorian period"
    Synonyms: historic period, historical period
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on period:

History Of Norway - Prehistory
... Norway's coastline rose from glaciation with the end of the last glacial period about 12,000 BC ... The first immigration took place during this period as the Norwegian coast offered good conditions for sealing, fishing and hunting ... The first farming and thus the start of the Neolithic period, began ca ...
Iowa - Prehistory
... During the Archaic period (10,500–2,800 years ago), American Indians adapted to local environments and ecosystems, slowly becoming more sedentary as populations increased ... More than 3,000 years ago, during the Late Archaic period, American Indians in Iowa began utilizing domesticated plants ... The subsequent Woodland period saw an increased reliance on agriculture and social complexity, with increased use of mounds, ceramics, and specialized subsistence ...
Geography Of Tonga - Climate
... The climate is tropical with a distinct warm period (December-April), during which the temperatures rise above 32 °C (89.6 °F), and a cooler period (May-November ... The average wettest period is around March with on average 263 mm (10.4 in) ...
Southern And Northern Dynasties
... Dynasties (Chinese 南北朝 pinyin Nánběicháo) was a period in the history of China that lasted from 420 to 589 ... The period saw large-scale migration of Han Chinese people to the lands south of the Yangtze River ... During this period the process of sinicization accelerated among the non-Chinese arrivals in the north and among the aboriginal people in the south ...
Turkish Language - History - Ottoman Turkish
... Turkish literature during the Ottoman period, particularly Ottoman Divan poetry, was heavily influenced by Persian, including the adoption of poetic ... and official language during the Ottoman Empire period (c ... differed considerably and was largely unintelligible to the period's everyday Turkish known as kaba Türkçe or "rough Turkish", spoken by the less-ed ...

More definitions of "period":

  • (noun): One of three periods of play in hockey games.
  • (noun): The end or completion of something.
    Example: "Death put a period to his endeavors"; "a change soon put a period to my tranquility"
  • (noun): The interval taken to complete one cycle of a regularly repeating phenomenon.
  • (noun): An amount of time.
    Example: "A time period of 30 years"; "hastened the period of time of his recovery"; "Picasso's blue period"
    Synonyms: time period, period of time
  • (noun): A punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations.
    Example: "In England they call a period a stop"
    Synonyms: point, full stop, stop, full point
  • (noun): A unit of geological time during which a system of rocks formed.
    Synonyms: geological period

Famous quotes containing the word period:

    The easiest period in a crisis situation is actually the battle itself. The most difficult is the period of indecision—whether to fight or run away. And the most dangerous period is the aftermath. It is then, with all his resources spent and his guard down, that an individual must watch out for dulled reactions and faulty judgment.
    Richard M. Nixon (1913–1995)

    Of all the barbarous middle ages, that
    Which is most barbarous is the middle age
    Of man! it is—I really scarce know what;
    But when we hover between fool and sage,
    And don’t know justly what we would be at—
    A period something like a printed page,
    Black letter upon foolscap, while our hair
    Grows grizzled, and we are not what we were.
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788–1824)

    When we suffer anguish we return to early childhood because that is the period in which we first learnt to suffer the experience of total loss. It was more than that. It was the period in which we suffered more total losses than in all the rest of our life put together.
    John Berger (b. 1926)