pe|ri|od1 W1S3 [ˈpıəriəd US ˈpır-] n
1¦(length of time)¦
7¦(for emphasis)¦
[Date: 1300-1400; : French; Origin: période, from Latin, from Greek, from peri- ( PERICARDIUM) + hodos 'way']
a particular length of time with a beginning and an end
Tomorrow's weather will be dry with sunny periods.
period of
His playing improved in a very short period of time .
a brief period of silence
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) .
a particular time in someone's life or in history
the conflict of the Cold War period
Van Gogh's early period
the Jurassic period
the behaviour of children during the period of adolescence
3.) ¦(BLOOD)¦
the flow of blood that comes from a woman's body each month
I was twelve years old when I started my periods .
4.) ¦(MARK)¦
AmE the mark (.), used in of writing to show the end of a sentence or of an ↑abbreviation
British Equivalent: full stop
5.) ¦(SCHOOL)¦
one of the equal parts that the school day is divided into
British Equivalent: lesson
What class do you have first period?
period of
a double period of Science
6.) ¦(SPORTS)¦
one of the equal parts that a game is divided into in a sport such as ↑ice hockey
The Bruins scored twice in the first period.
AmE spoken used to emphasize that you have made a decision and that you do not want to discuss the subject any more
= ↑full stop!
I'm not going, period!
period 2
period2 adj
period costume/furniture etc
clothes, furniture etc in the style of a particular time in history
actors dressed in period costume

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