epoch
noun Etymology: Medieval Latin epocha, from Greek epochē cessation, fixed point, from epechein to pause, hold back, from epi- + echein to hold — more at scheme Date: 1614 1. a. an event or a time marked by an event that begins a new period or development b. a memorable event or date 2. a. an extended period of time usually characterized by a distinctive development or by a memorable series of events b. a division of geologic time less than a period and greater than an age 3. an instant of time or a date selected as a point of reference (as in astronomy) Synonyms: see period

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Synonyms:
, , , , (remarkable for some event)


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  • Epoch — Ep och ([e^]p [o^]k or [=e] p[o^]k; 277), n. [LL. epocha, Gr. epochh check, stop, an epoch of a star, an historical epoch, fr. epe chein to hold on, check; epi upon + e chein to have, hold; akin to Skr. sah to overpower, Goth. sigis victory, AS.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • epoch — 1. An epoch is the beginning of a distinctive period in the history of something or someone, whereas an era is a period of history characterized by particular circumstances or by a particular series of events. A period is a more general term for… …   Modern English usage

  • Epoch — (dt. Epoche) bezeichnet im deutschen Sprachgebrauch die Epoche der Unixzeit zwei US amerikanische Science Fiction Filme, siehe Torus – Das Geheimnis aus einer anderen Welt (Epoch), Epoch: Evolution (2003) einen japanischen Hersteller von… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Epoch — Epoch  неоднозначный термин. Возможные значения: Epoch  японская компания по производству детских игрушек. Unix Epoch  UNIX время, система описания моментов во времени, принятая в UNIX …   Википедия

  • epoch — [ep′ək; ] also [ ep′äk΄; ] Cdn & Brit usually [ ē′päk΄] n. [ML epocha < Gr epochē, a check, cessation < epechein, to hold in, check < epi , upon + echein, to hold: see SCHEME] 1. the beginning of a new and important period in the history …   English World dictionary

  • epoch — index age, cycle, duration, lifetime, period, phase (period) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • epoch — 1610s, epocha, point marking the start of a new period in time (e.g. the founding of Rome, the birth of Christ, the Hegira), from L.L. epocha, from Gk. epokhe stoppage, fixed point of time, from epekhein to pause, take up a position, from epi on… …   Etymology dictionary

  • epoch — era, age, *period, aeon …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • epoch — [n] period age, date, era, span, time; concepts 807,822 …   New thesaurus

  • epoch — ► NOUN 1) a period of time marked by particular events or characteristics. 2) the beginning of a period of history. 3) Geology a division of time that is a subdivision of a period and is itself subdivided into ages. DERIVATIVES epochal adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • Epoch — PeriodizationIn periodization, epoch can refer to:* Epoch (reference date) A defining moment in the beginning of, or characteristic of, a distinctive historical period or era. * On the geologic time scale, a span of time smaller than a period and …   Wikipedia

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