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Period vs. Term

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Periodnoun

A length of time.

‘There was a period of confusion following the announcement.’; ‘You'll be on probation for a six-month period.’;

Termnoun

Limitation, restriction or regulation. en

Periodnoun

A period of time in history seen as a single coherent entity; an epoch, era.

‘Food rationing continued in the post-war period.’;

Termnoun

Any of the binding conditions or promises in a legal contract.

‘Be sure to read the terms and conditions before signing.’;

Periodnoun

The punctuation mark “.” (indicating the ending of a sentence or marking an abbreviation).

Termnoun

That which limits the extent of anything; limit; extremity; bound; boundary.

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Periodnoun

The length of time during which the same characteristics of a periodic phenomenon recur, such as the repetition of a wave or the rotation of a planet.

Termnoun

A point, line, or superficies that limits.

‘A line is the term of a superficies, and a superficies is the term of a solid.’;

Periodnoun

Female menstruation.

‘When she is on her period, she prefers not to go swimming.’;

Termnoun

A word or phrase, especially one from a specialised area of knowledge.

‘"Algorithm" is a term used in computer science.’;

Periodnoun

A section of an artist's, writer's (etc.) career distinguished by a given quality, preoccupation etc.

‘This is one of the last paintings Picasso created during his Blue Period.’;

Termnoun

Relations among people.

‘We are on friendly terms with each other.’;

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Periodnoun

Each of the divisions into which a school day is split, allocated to a given subject or activity.

‘I have math class in second period.’;

Termnoun

Part of a year, especially one of the three parts of an academic year.

Periodnoun

Each of the intervals into which various sporting events are divided.

‘Gretzky scored in the last minute of the second period.’;

Termnoun

Duration of a set length; period in office of fixed length.

‘He was sentenced to a term of six years in prison.’; ‘near-term, mid-term and long-term goals’; ‘the term allowed to a debtor to discharge his debt’;

Periodnoun

The length of time for a disease to run its course.

Termnoun

(of a patent) The maximum period during which the patent can be maintained into force.

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Periodnoun

An end or conclusion; the final point of a process etc.

Termnoun

(archaic) A menstrual period.

Periodnoun

(rhetoric) A complete sentence, especially one expressing a single thought or making a balanced, rhythmic whole.

Termnoun

(mathematics) Any value (variable or constant) or expression separated from another term by a space or an appropriate character, in an overall expression or table.

‘All the terms of this sum cancel out.’;

Periodnoun

(obsolete) A specific moment during a given process; a point, a stage.

Termnoun

(logic) The subject or the predicate of a proposition; one of the three component parts of a syllogism, each one of which is used twice.

Periodnoun

(chemistry) A row in the periodic table of the elements.

Termnoun

(astrology) An essential dignity in which unequal segments of every astrological sign have internal rulerships which affect the power and integrity of each planet in a natal chart.

Periodnoun

(geology) A subdivision of an era, typically lasting from tens to hundreds of millions of years, see Appendix: Geologic timescale.

Termnoun

(architecture) A quadrangular pillar, adorned on top with the figure of a head, as of a man, woman, or satyr.

Periodnoun

(genetics) A Drosophila gene, the gene product of which is involved in regulation of the circadian rhythm.

Termnoun

(nautical) A piece of carved work placed under each end of the taffrail.

Periodnoun

(music) Two phrases (an antecedent and a consequent phrase).

Termnoun

terminal computer program that emulates a physical terminal

Periodnoun

(math) The length of an interval over which a periodic function, periodic sequence or repeating decimal repeats; often the least such length.

Termnoun

One whose employment has been terminated

Periodnoun

(archaic) End point, conclusion.

Termverb

To phrase a certain way; to name or call.

Periodadjective

Designating anything from a given historical era.

‘a period car’; ‘a period TV commercial’;

Termverb

(ambitransitive) To terminate one's employment

Periodadjective

Evoking, or appropriate for, a particular historical period, especially through the use of elaborate costumes and scenery.

Termadjective

Born or delivered at term.

‘term neonate’;

Periodinterjection

That's final; that's the end of the matter (analogous to a period ending a sentence).

‘I know you don't want to go to the dentist but your teeth need to be checked, period!’;

Termnoun

That which limits the extent of anything; limit; extremity; bound; boundary.

‘Corruption is a reciprocal to generation, and they two are as nature's two terms, or boundaries.’;

Periodverb

To come to a period; to conclude.

Termnoun

The time for which anything lasts; any limited time; as, a term of five years; the term of life.

Periodverb

To put an end to.

Termnoun

In universities, schools, etc., a definite continuous period during which instruction is regularly given to students; as, the school year is divided into three terms.

Periodnoun

A portion of time as limited and determined by some recurring phenomenon, as by the completion of a revolution of one of the heavenly bodies; a division of time, as a series of years, months, or days, in which something is completed, and ready to recommence and go on in the same order; as, the period of the sun, or the earth, or a comet.

Termnoun

A point, line, or superficies, that limits; as, a line is the term of a superficies, and a superficies is the term of a solid.

Periodnoun

A stated and recurring interval of time; more generally, an interval of time specified or left indefinite; a certain series of years, months, days, or the like; a time; a cycle; an age; an epoch; as, the period of the Roman republic.

‘How by art to make plants more lasting than their ordinary period.’;

Termnoun

A fixed period of time; a prescribed duration

Periodnoun

One of the great divisions of geological time; as, the Tertiary period; the Glacial period. See the Chart of Geology.

Termnoun

The subject or the predicate of a proposition; one of the three component parts of a syllogism, each one of which is used twice.

‘The subject and predicate of a proposition are, after Aristotle, together called its terms or extremes.’;

Periodnoun

The termination or completion of a revolution, cycle, series of events, single event, or act; hence, a limit; a bound; an end; a conclusion.

‘So spake the archangel Michael; then paused,As at the world's great period.’; ‘Evils which shall never end till eternity hath a period.’; ‘This is the period of my ambition.’;

Termnoun

A word or expression; specifically, one that has a precisely limited meaning in certain relations and uses, or is peculiar to a science, art, profession, or the like; as, a technical term.

‘In painting, the greatest beauties can not always be expressed for want of terms.’;

Periodnoun

A complete sentence, from one full stop to another; esp., a well-proportioned, harmonious sentence.

‘Periods are beautiful when they are not too long.’;

Termnoun

A quadrangular pillar, adorned on the top with the figure of a head, as of a man, woman, or satyr; - called also terminal figure. See Terminus, n., 2 and 3.

Periodnoun

The punctuation point [.] that marks the end of a complete sentence, or of an abbreviated word.

Termnoun

A member of a compound quantity; as, a or b in a + b; ab or cd in ab - cd.

Periodnoun

One of several similar sets of figures or terms usually marked by points or commas placed at regular intervals, as in numeration, in the extraction of roots, and in circulating decimals.

Termnoun

The menses.

Periodnoun

The time of the exacerbation and remission of a disease, or of the paroxysm and intermission.

Termnoun

Propositions or promises, as in contracts, which, when assented to or accepted by another, settle the contract and bind the parties; conditions.

Periodnoun

A complete musical sentence.

Termnoun

In Scotland, the time fixed for the payment of rents.

Periodverb

To put an end to.

Termnoun

A piece of carved work placed under each end of the taffrail.

‘I can not speak in term.’;

Periodverb

To come to a period; to conclude. [Obs.] "You may period upon this, that," etc.

Termverb

To apply a term to; to name; to call; to denominate.

‘Men term what is beyond the limits of the universe "imaginary space."’;

Periodnoun

an amount of time;

‘a time period of 30 years’; ‘hastened the period of time of his recovery’; ‘Picasso's blue period’;

Termnoun

a word or expression used for some particular thing;

‘he learned many medical terms’;

Periodnoun

one of three periods of play in hockey games

Termnoun

a limited period of time;

‘a prison term’; ‘he left school before the end of term’;

Periodnoun

a stage in the history of a culture having a definable place in space and time;

‘a novel from the Victorian period’;

Termnoun

(usually plural) a statement of what is required as part of an agreement;

‘the contract set out the conditions of the lease’; ‘the terms of the treaty were generous’;

Periodnoun

the interval taken to complete one cycle of a regularly repeating phenomenon

Termnoun

any distinct quantity contained in a polynomial;

‘the general term of an algebraic equation of the n-th degree’;

Periodnoun

the monthly discharge of blood from the uterus of nonpregnant women from puberty to menopause;

‘the women were sickly and subject to excessive menstruation’; ‘a woman does not take the gout unless her menses be stopped’; ‘the semen begins to appear in males and to be emitted at the same time of life that the catamenia begin to flow in females’;

Termnoun

one of the substantive phrases in a logical proposition;

‘the major term of a syllogism must occur twice’;

Periodnoun

a punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations;

‘in England they call a period a stop’;

Termnoun

the end of gestation or point at which birth is imminent;

‘a healthy baby born at full term’;

Periodnoun

a unit of geological time during which a system of rocks formed;

‘ganoid fishes swarmed during the earlier geological periods’;

Termnoun

(architecture) a statue or a human bust or an animal carved out of the top of a square pillar; originally used as a boundary marker in ancient Rome

Periodnoun

the end or completion of something;

‘death put a period to his endeavors’; ‘a change soon put a period to my tranquility’;

Termverb

name formally or designate with a term

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