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noun [countable] period pronunciation in British English /ˈpɪəriəd/
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  1. 1
    an amount of time during which something happens
    The long dry period ended with torrential rain.
    period of: A decision has to be made within a period of three months.
    period of time: They reached these conclusions in a relatively short period of time.
    1. a.
      a particular amount of time in history
      Their collection is confined solely to the Roman period.
    2. b.
      a particular part of someones life or career
      This is described as the artist’s angry period.
    3. c.
      a division in a school day when a particular subject is taught
      They have another period of science this afternoon.
  2. 3
    spoken used for emphasis to show that there is no more to be said about something
    You are not going out tonight, period.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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