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period

  
  ( periods    plural  )
1       n-count   A period is a length of time.  
usu with supp  
This crisis might last for a long period of time., ...a period of a few months., ...for a limited period only.     
2       n-count   A period in the life of a person, organization, or society is a length of time which is remembered for a particular situation or activity.  
with supp  
...a period of economic good health and expansion..., He went through a period of wanting to be accepted..., The South African years were his most creative period.     
3       n-count   A particular length of time in history is sometimes called a period. For example, you can talk about the Victorian period or the Elizabethan period in Britain.  
usu with supp  
...the Roman period..., No reference to their existence appears in any literature of the period.     
4       adj   Period costumes, furniture, and instruments were made at an earlier time in history, or look as if they were made then.  
ADJ n  
...dressed in full period costume.     
5       n-count   Exercise, training, or study periods are lengths of time that are set aside for exercise, training, or study.  
usu n N  
They accompanied him during his exercise periods.     
6       n-count   At a school or college, a period is one of the parts that the day is divided into during which lessons or other activities take place.  
...periods of private study.     
7       n-count   When a woman has a period, she bleeds from her womb. This usually happens once a month, unless she is pregnant.  
8       adv   Some people say period after stating a fact or opinion when they want to emphasize that they are definite about something and do not want to discuss it further.  
cl ADV     (emphasis)    I don't want to do it, period.     
9       n-count   A period is the punctuation mark (.) which you use at the end of a sentence when it is not a question or an exclamation.  
  (AM)  
in BRIT, use full stop     


cooling-off period        ( cooling-off periods    plural  ) A cooling-off period is an agreed period of time during which two sides with opposing views try to resolve a dispute before taking any serious action.      n-count  
There should be a seven-day cooling-off period between a strike ballot and industrial action.     
period pain        ( period pains    plural  ) Period pain is the pain that some women have when they have a monthly period.      n-var  
period piece        ( period pieces    plural  ) A period piece is a play, book, or film that is set at a particular time in history and describes life at that time.      n-count  
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n.
Lesewut is a German word for "reading craze" (literally) used to describe a specific period in the intellectual history of Germany from the late eighteenth century onward.
n.
a sound (usually a song, jingle) that one hears mentally for a certain period of time
n.
a website that did not undergo any change for a long period of time
[Comp.];[Slang]
n.
1. [Rel.] expression used to describe metaphorically a period of ignorance and spiritual crisis that precedes the communion with Divinity ; 2. in a larger meaning, it is used when refering to having a hard time, going through a phase of pessimism, sadness, failure etc.

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