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A period is an arbitrary interval of time. The word is applied to many different concepts:

Further meanings less connected with time:

  • in rhetoric, refers to well-balanced sentences. See period (rhetoric).
  • in writing, a period was formerly a name for a long sentence, and from that it is now another name for the full stop punctuation sign: "." because it marks the end of a sentence.
  • also in writing, a period can refer to any dot.
  • a colloquial term for menstruation.
  • in music a period is in some ways equivalent to a period in writing: it closes a phrase of music, though the "period" may also be the cadence or close of the phrases.

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