period of time


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n period of time an amount of time "a time period of 30 years","hastened the period of time of his recovery","Picasso's blue period"
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  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Future: That period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true and our happiness is assured.”
  • Don Delillo
    “There's always a period of curious fear between the first sweet-smelling breeze and the time when the rain comes cracking down.”
  • Jane Bryant Quinn
    Jane Bryant Quinn
    “The shortest period of time lies between the minute you put some money away for a rainy day and the unexpected arrival of rain.”
  • V. S. Pritchett
    V. S. Pritchett
    “Well, youth is the period of assumed personalities and disguises. It is the time of the sincerely insincere.”


In literature:

With some variation of details at different periods, the same system prevailed essentially at Rome, down to the time when Rome became Christian.
"Women and the Alphabet" by Thomas Wentworth Higginson
All through the period from 800 A.D. till about the time of Henry III.
"The Story of Sigurd the Volsung" by William Morris
She had tea-gowns made to suit this period, and adopted the stately movements which were evidently the attribute of that time.
"Halcyone" by Elinor Glyn
So angry and hurt that I desire to be happy within the shortest possible period of elapsed time.
"Kindred of the Dust" by Peter B. Kyne
Some times the master would be gone for a period of nine to twelve months.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
For a considerable period after the time of Herodotus, the ancients seem to have been nearly stationary in their knowledge of the world.
"Robert Kerr's General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 18" by William Stevenson
The period of his Inner-Temple student-life was a very stirring time in England.
"Atlantic Monthly, Vol. XII. September, 1863, No. LXXI." by Various
The difference as it struck men at the time may be summarized in this passage from a British writer of the period.
"New York Times, Current History, Vol 1, Issue 1" by Various
It covers the period from the earliest times to the commencement of the present century.
"The Journal of Negro History, Vol. I. Jan. 1916" by Various
Before that time the city of Jerusalem had for a considerable period been barred to Jewish pilgrims.
"Chapters on Jewish Literature" by Israel Abrahams
The house, for the above-mentioned period of time, was called a temple.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, V7, 1588-1591" by Emma Helen Blair
The heating-up and cooling-off period of time are therefore not included.
"Every Step in Canning" by Grace Viall Gray
There was no great gulf of time between that period and this; but what had not happened in the interval?
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. XII, No. 29. August, 1873." by Various
I shall comprize, in one view, the state of Birmingham in eight different periods of time.
"An History of Birmingham (1783)" by William Hutton
China needs a period of anarchy in order to work out her salvation; all great nations need such a period, from time to time.
"The Problem of China" by Bertrand Russell
This second misfortune came upon him some time after the period of which we are now writing.
"Life & Times of Col. Daniel Boone" by Cecil B. Hartley
Throughout this period Rousseau was, for the last time in his life, at peace with most of his fellows.
"Rousseau" by John Morley
It can only be the effect of a variety of causes, mainly moral, operating over a long period of time.
"The Inside Story Of The Peace Conference" by Emile Joseph Dillon
Now I come to the probationary period, and I know that there are a great many who have stated that it is mere waste of time.
"Liberalism and the Social Problem" by Winston Spencer Churchill
A certain period of time is required for the transmission of all impulses.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce

In poetry:

Within the hollowed hand of God,
Blood-red they lie, the dice of fate,
That have no time nor period,
And know no early and no late.
"Fortune" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

"There will be a period of time when Corvettes will be hard to find until the 2014 (model) comes out," Doran said.
Right now Rock County dispatchers say they don't know if the fire will cause the restaurant to close down for any period of time.
What's remarkable is the consistency of the percentage of voters calling themselves Democrats over that time period.
The slow period between the end of Wimbledon and the start of the big US Open Series events gives top players the opportunity for a little vacation time, and they've been taking advantage.
The channel will remain open for use during dredging , however, there may be short periods of time when boat traffic will need to be stopped.
Exchange for paying your student loans, you must work for a federal agency for a set period of time, usually three years.
And they don't like to sit on the hard for extended periods of time.
That's an impressive amount of fish removed in a short period of time.
Joe Shine/For The Jersey Journal Heavy flooding is being reported this afternoon in parts of Ocean County, where severe thunderstorms have dumped more than 5 inches of rain during a short period of time this afternoon.
demonstrating that with consistent professional recommendations, you can continually retail professional products in a declining retail market, even over an extended period of time.
A 19-year-old cancer survivor developed a steadfast ritual that paid off in a short period of time with a $250,000 prize from Mega Millions.
Political viewpoints are rarely etched in stone over long periods of time.
The last thing you want to see happen is your leading scorer go down for an extended period of time in the preseason.
No city has offered more inspiration to architects over a longer period of time than Rome .
His novel is brilliantly effective because it is completely of this time, expressing the beliefs and hopes that begin to stand out in this period, marked in it by the threat of complex defeat.

In science:

In this period of time much progress was made in understanding both the structure and the limits of this approach to studying M-theory.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
For a period of time, we fix an infinite cardinal λ.
Definability of initial segments
Table 3: Fraction of reconstructed events for the 4 runs measured in the same conditions with the RICH study prototype and n=1.035 aerogel (two tiles 1 cm thick superimposed) over a two year period of time.
Experimental study of a proximity focusing Cherenkov counter prototype for the AMS experiment
The accelerated protons can interact with photons during much longer period of time (r/cη ) than in the Discrete Model (l/c).
Photon Emission in a Cascade from Relativistic Protons Initiated by Residual Thermal Photons in Gamma-Ray Bursts
For accuracy, I should note some of the subtleties, in particular the threat to determinism from solutions in which some quantities become infinite within a finite period of time after the initial time t1 .
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
In this picture, the excitons remain at high energy for a short period of time, during which they are outside the region of momentum space in which they can emit photons.
Moving Beyond a Simple Model of Luminescence Rings in Quantum Well Structures
The main idea is that in a given coordinate, we can compare the process (2) over a certain period of time to a random walk with the constant transition probability given by the bound in Lemma 1.
Random Multiplication Approaches Uniform Measure in Finite Groups
Such a fine-scale integration is conducted only for a short period of time, from tn to the intermediate time tn c , i.e. u(·, t) = s(t)u(tn ), for tn ≤ t ≤ tn c = tn + nf δ t.
Equation-free, multiscale computation for unsteady random diffusion
In its most general form, the control-time method assigns a period of time for which each exposure was sensitive to a supernova explosion.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
We do not need to expand the potential, since, for a circular binary system over period of time, the average potential is axisymmetric.
The dynamics of eccentric accretion discs in superhump systems
Trapping times much longer than the duration of the THz pulse (≫ 10 ps) are not desirable because the receiver would stay conductive for a long period of time accumulating noise on top of the signal.
Detecting the full polarisation state of terahertz transients
If the n-cells of masses mi and heat capacities ci (T ), where Ni = mici , all initially at different temperatures Ti , are placed in thermal contact, the entire system being adiabatically isolated, then after an indefinite long period of time will reach a common mean temperature, M.
The thermodynamics governing 'endoreversible' engines
Littlefair et al. (2005), for example, had a higher density of data points over a short period of time and they did not detect new periodic variations among these stars.
The Variability and Rotation of Pre-main Sequence Stars in IC 348: Does Intracluster Environment Influence Stellar Rotation?
We name this period of time the short run (first epoch).
Opinion Crystallography: Polarizations, Symmetries, Bonds, and Bands
After some randomly chosen period of time, each vertex halts, selects a new direction and velocity, and the process repeats.
Dynamic Random Geometric Graphs