week

Definitions

  • First time in two weeks
    First time in two weeks
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n week hours or days of work in a calendar week "they worked a 40-hour week"
    • n week a period of seven consecutive days starting on Sunday
    • n week any period of seven consecutive days "it rained for a week"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Two aces--Bill Morley and Harold Weeks Two aces--Bill Morley and Harold Weeks
ANOTHER FIVE POUNDS A WEEK ANOTHER FIVE POUNDS A WEEK
BROTHER AND SISTER ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS, TWO WEEKS OLD BROTHER AND SISTER ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS, TWO WEEKS OLD
"A WEEK'S VACATION IN LITTLE OLD NEW YORK" "A WEEK'S VACATION IN LITTLE OLD NEW YORK"

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1916, Charlie Chaplin was making $10,000 a week, making him the highest paid actor of his time
    • n Week A period of seven days, usually that reckoned from one Sabbath or Sunday to the next.☞ Although it [the week] did not enter into the calendar of the Greeks, and was not introduced at Rome till after the reign of Theodesius, it has been employed from time immemorial in almost all Eastern countries. Encyc. Brit. "I fast twice in the week ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A human embryo is smaller than a grain of rice at four weeks old
    • n week A period of seven days, of which the days are numbered or named in like succession in every period—in English, Sunday (or first day. etc.), Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday (or seventh day); hence, a period of seven days. The week is not dependent upon any other period, as a subdivision of that period, but cuts across the division-lines of month and year alike with its never-ending repetition. In general Jewish and Christian belief, it is founded on the creation of the world in six days (according to the account in Genesis), with a succeeding seventh day of rest, specially commemorated by the Jewish rest-day, or Sabbath, our Saturday. It has also been conjectured to represent a fourth of the lunar month of about 28 days; but no people is known as having made and maintained such a subdivision of the month. As a period and division of time, its use is limited to Jews and Christians (including also in some measure the Mohammedans, by derivation from these); but the week-day names and their succession are found more widely, and are of a wholly different origin; they rest upon an astrological principle, which assigns each day in succession to one of the planets as regent; and they further involve a division of the day into 24 hours. If the planets are arranged in the order of their distance from us as held by the ancients—namely, Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Sun, Venus, Mercury, Moon,—then, if the first hour of a clay is allotted to Saturn, and each following hour to the next planet, the 25th hour, or the first of the next day, will fall to the Sun, the 49th, or the first of the following day, to the Moon, and so to Mare, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, in succession; and, each planet being reckoned as regent of the whole day of whose first hour it is regent, the days are Sun's day, Moon's day, Mars' day, and so on to Saturn's day, where the same succession is taken up anew. These names were unknown to, or at least never used by, the Jews, nor do they appear in classical Greek, nor do the Mohammedans employ them; but they passed from Roman use to European, and not only in their Latin forms, but also as translated into Germanic languages, the names of Germanic divinities being, by a rude identification, substituted in them for those of the Roman, as Mars, etc., without any regard to the planets (see the names Tuesday, etc.); and they are found also in India, which doubtless received them, with the rest of its astronomy and astrology, from Greece and Rome. The Indian days are coincident with our days of the same name—that is, it is Sun's day there when it is our Sunday, and so on. But there is no other than an astrological significance belonging to the names there; a week as a division of time is wholly unknown to both ancient and modern India. In law, week is sometimes construed to mean any period of seven full days, and sometimes to mean such a period beginning with the beginning of a Sunday. Thus, a requirement of “a week's notice” may be satisfied by the lapse of any seven consecutive days, but a publication of a notice “once in each week for three weeks before the sale” is held to contemplate three weeks reckoned as from Sunday to Sunday, not merely 21 days before the sale. Abbreviated w., wk.
    • n week The six working-days of the week; the week minus Sunday: as, to be paid so much a week.
    • n week An obsolete form of wick.
    • n week A corner; an angle: as, the weeks of the mouth or the eye.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A dragonfly has a lifespan of for to seven weeks
    • n Week wēk the space of seven days, esp. from Sunday to Sunday: the six working days of the week
    • adv Week once a week
    • n Week a publication appearing once a week
    • n Week wēk (Spens.) Same as Wick.
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Quotations

  • Totie Fields
    Totie Fields
    “I've been on a diet for two weeks and all I've lost is two weeks.”
  • Samuel Johnson
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    “The chains of habit are generally too week to be felt, until they are too strong to be broken.”
  • Edward M. Forster
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    “Life -- No, I've nothing to teach you about it for the moment. May be writing about it another week.”
  • Richard M. Nixon
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    “This is the greatest week in the history of the world since the Creation, because as a result of what happened in this week, the world is bigger, infinitely.”
  • Spanish Proverb
    Spanish Proverb
    “Manana is often the busiest day of the week.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Someday is not a day of the week.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. weke, wike, woke, wuke, AS. weocu, wicu, wucu,; akin to OS. wika, OFries. wike, D. week, G. woche, OHG. wohha, wehha, Icel. vika, Sw. vecka, Dan. uge, Goth. wik, probably originally meaning, a succession or change, and akin to G. wechsel, change, L. vicis, turn, alternation, and E. weak,. Cf. Weak

Usage

In literature:

By unit we mean a course given 4 or 5 times a week for 36 weeks.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 5, 1920" by Various
I used to go twice a week to Father Langhorne and read and write and do sums.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
The week slipped by quickly, too, as weeks have a habit of doing.
"Blue Bonnet in Boston" by Caroline E. Jacobs
The rain continued for a week.
"Roosevelt in the Bad Lands" by Hermann Hagedorn
Week after week he toiled in the hot summer sun, digging, cutting, and dragging out roots.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Mrs. Elsmere, too, seemed to dislike him, and yet there he was, week after week.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Two weeks in the year is a usual allowance; but three weeks are better than two.
"The Canadian Girl at Work" by Marjory MacMurchy
Took me four years to get 'em, working seven days in the week and forty weeks in the year.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
He never deviated; it was these three, week in and week out.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
My Washington week is the first week in February, beginning on Monday, 3rd.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
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In poetry:

They hadna been a week, a week
In Noroway but twae,
When that the lords o Noroway
Began aloud to say:
"Sir Patrick Spens" by Anonymous British
They hadna been a week, a week,
In Noroway, but twae,
When that the lords o' Noroway
Began aloud to say,--
"Sir Patrick Spens" by Henry Morley
Alas! when weeks, and months are past,
Shall I that home behold at last,
Which even the dark clouds overcast
Endear?
"Vignette - XVIII" by Matilda Betham
Three pund a week,
A varra good house,
Niver a clout from him,
Niver a curse;
There's mony a lass
Might have done worse.
"Moorland Wife" by Dorothy Una Ratcliffe
While days and weeks pass gently by,
How little do we deem that these
Are germs of immortality—
The buds of mightiest destinies!
"Autumn: Sunday Morning" by John Bowring
In a week after that what a change took place,
For white, white grew his hair;
He never lookit ye straucht in the face,
An' he jokit an' leuch nae mair.
"The Piper's Tree" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

When four-star defensive end/outside linebacker Ebenezer Ogundeko visited the Syracuse campus two weeks ago, most people hoped he was going to announce he'd be joining the Orange football team in 2013 the following week.
Who is this week's The Score Player of the Week.
For the last 30 years the last week of September has been designated Banned Books Week, promoting and celebrating the freedom to read and open access to information.
This weeks Athlete of the Week is Elisa Marchione from Sauquoit Valley High School.
With all due respect to Cam Newton, the quarterbacks who have dominated the news week after week this season have been Tim Tebow and Tony Romo.
This week is Earthquake Awareness Week in South Carolina.
Reflecting On This Week's Week- Ender .
We were just wondering what's on tap for this week's Week- Ender blog.
Sapna Syal of the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science is this week's WOBM/Gateway Toyota-Scion Student of the Week.
This week is National Epidermolysis Bullosa Awareness week.
Every week should be 'Small Business Week'.
Yogurt maker Fage USA received two key water and sewer approvals this week - and looks to secure another one next week - to start its $120 million plant expansion at the Johnstown Industrial Park.
This week, Jenn Chapman introduces us to tennis player, Elliott Sprecher, who has been nationally ranked in his age group since the age of 12, in our Gordy's Athlete of the Week.
You win at Georgia Tech this week and against Miami next week, you represent the Coastal Division in the ACC championship game.
Here are the nominations for Friday Night Fever's play of the week from week 9.
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In science:

Since that time several other collaborations have built IACT telescopes and the catalogue of detected γ -ray sources has blossomed to nearly 20 ob jects (Horan and Weekes, 2004).
An Overview of The VERITAS Prototype Telescope And Camera
The required week convergence follows from L`evy’s continuity theorem for characteristic functions [12, Section 3.6].
The Limiting Distribution of the Trace of a Random Plane Partition
So, GS for the coupling strength exceeding slightly the critical value εc is the week synchronization [15, 16] and, therefore, the relationship F[·] demonstrates fractal properties.
Intermittent generalized synchronization in unidirectionally coupled chaotic oscillators
Over the next week, the candidate continued to rise slowly, consistent with a supernova (see Fig. 5.1).
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
C -simultaneity, as the most natural and useful in the week field limit.
Simultaneity in special and general relativity
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