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      n   an object, a piece of music, a play, etc., valued for its quality of evoking a particular historical period: often one regarded as of little except historical interest  
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1    a portion of time of indefinable length  
he spent a period away from home     
a    a portion of time specified in some way  
the Arthurian period, Picasso's blue period     
b    (as modifier)  
period costume     
3    a nontechnical name for an occurrence of menstruation  
4      (Geology)   a unit of geological time during which a system of rocks is formed  
the Jurassic period     
5    a division of time, esp. of the academic day  
6      (Physics, maths)  
a    the time taken to complete one cycle of a regularly recurring phenomenon; the reciprocal of frequency.,   (Symbol)    T  
b    an interval in which the values of a periodic function follow a certain pattern that is duplicated over successive intervals  
sin x = sin (x + 2π), where 2π is the period     
7      (Astronomy)  
a    the time required by a body to make one complete rotation on its axis  
b    the time interval between two successive maxima or minima of light variation of a variable star  
8      (Chem)   one of the horizontal rows of elements in the periodic table. Each period starts with an alkali metal and ends with a rare gas  
   Compare       group       11  
9       another term (esp. U.S. and Canadian) for       full stop  
10    a complete sentence, esp. a complex one with several clauses  
11      (Music)   a passage or division of a piece of music, usually consisting of two or more contrasting or complementary musical phrases and ending on a cadence,   (Also called)    sentence  
12    (in classical prosody) a unit consisting of two or more cola  
13    Rare   a completion or end  
     (C14 peryod, from Latin periodus, from Greek periodos circuit, from peri- + hodos way)  

base period  
      n     (Statistics)   a neutral period used as a standard for comparison in constructing an index to express a variable factor: 100 is usually taken as the index number for the variable in the base period  
cooling-off period  
1    a period during which the contending sides to a dispute reconsider their options before taking further action  
2    a period, often 14 days, that begins when a sale contract or life-assurance policy is received by a member of the public, during which the contract or policy can be cancelled without loss  
critical period  
      n     (Psychol)   a period in a lifetime during which a specific stage of development usually occurs. If it fails to do so, it cannot readily occur afterwards  
glacial period  
1    any period of time during which a large part of the earth's surface was covered with ice, due to the advance of glaciers, as in the late Carboniferous period, and during most of the Pleistocene; glaciation  
2    often caps   the Pleistocene epoch,   (Also called)    glacial epoch, ice age  
incubation period  
      n     (Med)   the time between exposure to an infectious disease and the appearance of the first signs or symptoms,   (Sometimes shortened to)    incubation  
latency period  
      n     (Psychoanal)   a period according to Freud, from the age of about five to puberty, when sexual interest is diminished  
latent period  
1    the incubation period of an infectious disease, before symptoms appear  
2       another name for       latent time  
period of revolution  
      n     (Astronomy)   the mean time taken for one body, such as a planet, to complete a revolution about another, such as the sun  
period piece  
      n   an object, a piece of music, a play, etc., valued for its quality of evoking a particular historical period: often one regarded as of little except historical interest  
safe period  
Informal   the period during the menstrual cycle when conception is considered least likely to occur  
   See also       rhythm method  
sidereal period  
      n     (Astronomy)   the period of revolution of a body about another with respect to one or more stars  

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1    interval, season, space, span, spell, stretch, term, time, while  
2    aeon, age, course, cycle, date, days, epoch, era, generation, season, stage, term, time, years  

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Late stage of the Triassic period
something is easy to do
A piece of battered and slightly crumbed chicken.
Australia;[Leg.];[Slang] He eats chicken nuggets because they are delicious.
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.
a sound (usually a song, jingle) that one hears mentally for a certain period of time
distinctive scent that accompanies the rain and rises up from the ground especially after a period of warm and dry weather
Ex.: And we could smell the scent of wheat and petrichor rising up in the air as a silent clamour.
sleep for a short period of time, have a light sleep
a series of tweets on the same topic published in a short period
a website that did not undergo any change for a long period of time
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.
hin, often tapered piece of material, such as wood, stone, or metal, used to fill gaps, make something level, or adjust something to fit properly
After gay bum sex, a 'Denby' is a small piece of poo left on the cock, from an unclean anus.
[US];[UK] Jeff looked down and felt himself almost puke after withdrawing from his partners ass, he spotted a big brown Denby left on his small cock.
An apron is a piece of clothing that you put on over the front of your normal clothes and tie round your waist, especially when you are cooking, in order to prevent your clothes from getting dirty.
1. using copyright law to make a piece of work freely available and allowing its free distribution and modification (as long as its derivate versions follow the same copyright rules)
Interactive Databases System is a process of storing data in files based on interaction between pieces of data.
[Tech.] Interactive Databases System is a process of storing data in files
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