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Meaning of “period” in the English Dictionary

"period" in British English

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periodnoun [C]

uk   /ˈpɪə.ri.əd/  us   /ˈpɪr.i-/
  • period noun [C] (TIME)

B1 a ​length of ​time: Her ​workmeans that she ​spendslong periods away from ​home. Unemployment in the first ​half of the ​year was 2.5 ​percentlower than in the same period the ​year before. 15 ​people were ​killed in/over a period of four ​days. The ​study will be ​carried out over a six-month period.B1 in ​school, a ​division of ​time in the ​day when a ​subject is ​taught: We have six periods of ​science a ​week. a ​fixedtime during the ​life of a ​person or in ​history: Most ​teenagers go through a ​rebellious period. The ​house was ​built during the ​Elizabethan period.

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  • period noun [C] (BLOOD)

the bleeding from a woman's womb that ​happensonce a ​month when she is not ​pregnant: period ​pains She'd ​missed a period and was ​worried.
  • period noun [C] (MARK)

mainly US (UK usually full stop) the ​symbol . used in writing at the end of a ​sentence or at the end of the ​shortform of a word mainly US said at the end of a ​statement to show that you ​believe you have said all there is to say on a ​subject and you are not going to ​discuss it any more: There will be no more ​shouting, period!

periodadjective

uk   /ˈpɪə.ri.əd/  us   /ˈpɪr.i-/
(Definition of period from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"period" in American English

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periodnoun [C]

 us   /ˈpɪər·i·əd/
  • period noun [C] (TIME)

a ​length of ​time: The ​study will be ​carried out over a six-month period. A period in the ​life of a ​person or in ​history is a ​particulartime during that ​life or ​history: The period after ​World War II was ​marked by ​rapideconomicgrowth. A period is a ​division of ​time in an ​event of ​fixedlength, such as a ​day at ​school or a ​game: There was no ​scoring in the second period. physics A period is the ​time it ​takes for one ​completerepetition of a ​pattern that ​repeats. A second is used as the ​standardunit in most ​areas of ​science. Period ​costume/​dress/​furniture is the ​clothing or ​furniture of a ​particulartime in ​history: At the Revolutionary War ​themepark, everyone was ​wearing period ​costumes.
  • period noun [C] (MARK)

a ​mark (.) used in writing to show where the end of a ​sentence is, or to show that the ​letters before it are an abbreviation (= ​short word ​form) infml You can say period at the end of a ​statement as a way of ​addingemphasis: There will be no more ​shouting, period!
  • period noun [C] (BLEEDING)

(also menstrual period,  /ˈmen·strəlˌpɪr·i·əd, -strə·wəl-/ ) the ​bleeding from a woman’s ​uterus that ​happensapproximately every four ​weeks when she is not ​pregnant
  • period noun [C] (REPEATED EVENT)

science the ​timeneeded to ​complete a ​regularlyrepeatingevent or ​series of ​events
  • period noun [C] (ROW)

chemistry any of the ​rows in the ​periodictable of ​chemicalelements
(Definition of period from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"period" in Business English

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periodnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈpɪəriəd/
a length of ​time: a period of six months/10 years, etc. This ​debt is ​repayable over a period of five ​years in ​equalquarterlyinstalments. Profit ​fell 75.1% from the same period a ​year ago. The Government will make an ​additional 10% ​contribution for a limited period. The second ​quarter of the ​year should have been a busy period.
(Definition of period from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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