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ep·och

 (ĕp′ək, ē′pŏk′)
n.
1. A particular period of history, especially one considered remarkable or noteworthy.
2. A unit of geologic time that is a division of a period.
3. Astronomy An instant in time that is arbitrarily selected as a point of reference for specification of celestial coordinates.

[Medieval Latin epocha, measure of time, from Greek epokhē, a point in time; see segh- in Indo-European roots.]

epoch

(ˈiːpɒk)
n
1. a point in time beginning a new or distinctive period: the invention of nuclear weapons marked an epoch in the history of warfare.
2. a long period of time marked by some predominant or typical characteristic; era
3. (Astronomy) astronomy a precise date to which information, such as coordinates, relating to a celestial body is referred
4. (Palaeontology) geology a unit of geological time within a period during which a series of rocks is formed: the Pleistocene epoch.
5. (General Physics) physics the displacement of an oscillating or vibrating body at zero time
[C17: from New Latin epocha, from Greek epokhē cessation; related to ekhein to hold, have]
epochal adj
ˈepˌochally adv

ep•och

(ˈɛp ək; esp. Brit. ˈi pɒk)

n.
1. a period of time marked by distinctive features, noteworthy events, changed conditions, etc.: an epoch of peace.
2. the beginning of a distinctive period in the history of anything.
3. a point of time distinguished by a particular event or state of affairs; a memorable date.
4. any of several divisions of a geologic period during which a geologic series is formed.
5. an arbitrarily fixed instant of time used as a reference in giving the elements of the orbit of a celestial body.
[1605–15; < New Latin epocha < Greek epochḗ pause, check, fixed point in time]

ep·och

(ĕp′ək, ē′pŏk′)
The shortest division of geologic time, being a subdivision of a period.

epoch

- Pronounced EH-puhk, it is from Greek epokhe, "fixed point in time, stoppage," and it was first the initial point in a chronology from which succeeding years were numbered.
See also related terms for stoppage.

epoch

A time unit within a geological period.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.epoch - a period marked by distinctive character or reckoned from a fixed point or eventepoch - a period marked by distinctive character or reckoned from a fixed point or event
period, period of time, time period - an amount of time; "a time period of 30 years"; "hastened the period of time of his recovery"; "Picasso's blue period"
day - an era of existence or influence; "in the day of the dinosaurs"; "in the days of the Roman Empire"; "in the days of sailing ships"; "he was a successful pianist in his day"
historic period, age - an era of history having some distinctive feature; "we live in a litigious age"
modern era - the present or recent times
2.epoch - (astronomy) an arbitrarily fixed date that is the point in time relative to which information (as coordinates of a celestial body) is recorded
astronomy, uranology - the branch of physics that studies celestial bodies and the universe as a whole
date - the particular day, month, or year (usually according to the Gregorian calendar) that an event occurred; "he tried to memorizes all the dates for his history class"
3.epoch - a unit of geological time that is a subdivision of a period and is itself divided into ages
geologic time, geological time - the time of the physical formation and development of the earth (especially prior to human history)
geological period, period - a unit of geological time during which a system of rocks formed; "ganoid fishes swarmed during the earlier geological periods"

epoch

noun era, time, age, period, date, aeon the beginning of a major epoch in world history

epoch

noun
A particular time notable for its distinctive characteristics:
age, day, era, period, time (often used in plural).
Translations
عَصْر
epoke
aikakausiajanjaksoepookkikäännekohta
tímamót
epocha
laikmets

epoch

[ˈiːpɒk] Népoca f
to mark an epochhacer época, marcar un hito

epoch

[ˈiːpɒk] népoque f, ère f

epoch

nZeitalter nt (also Geol), → Epoche f

epoch

[ˈiːpɒk] n (period) → epoca, era

epoch

(ˈiːpok) , ((American) ˈepək) noun
(the start of) a particular period of history, development etc. The invention of printing marked an epoch in the history of education.
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It called in its text for a "sustained, well-coordinated, and well-funded effort to investigate and prosecute racially motivated murders that occurred on or before December 31, 1969.
The song has also been covered by Jimi Hendrix, who played a live version in New York on December 31, 1969, and Elvis Presley, on New Year's Eve, 1976, in Pittsburgh.