eon

noun
\ ˈē-ən How to pronounce eon (audio) , ˈē-ˌän How to pronounce eon (audio) \
variants: or chiefly British

Definition of eon

1 : an immeasurably or indefinitely long period of time : age I haven't seen him in eons.
2a : a very large division of geologic time usually longer than an era the Archean eon
b : a unit of geologic time equal to one billion years

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This far from base reality, the haywire way that things go—Rhea’s death, the narrow and fragile window of our moment in all the cold eons, even Little Sister ravening to survive—make a kind of sense now. Smith Henderson, Popular Mechanics, "Olympia," 20 Nov. 2017 Over eons, plant and animal remains (not to mention hominins) have been found in the caves. Lydia Pyne, Ars Technica, "Rising Star found a new species—now it wants to find a new way for paleoanthropology," 20 Dec. 2018 Through eons of incremental innovation, a cave dweller’s sketching stick evolved into the No. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, "Is This the World’s Oldest Hashtag?," 12 Sep. 2018 These monoliths, eroded by nature over the eons into curious shapes, are a defining feature of Hampi, the erstwhile seat of the Vijayanagara Empire in the Southern Indian state of Karnataka. Sarah Khan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Visiting Hampi, an Historic Region of Southern India That's Free of Tourists...For Now," 1 Aug. 2018 Ten miles across and 3,500 feet deep, it’s been carved out over eons by lava flows and water pouring down from the summit of Wai'ale'ale. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Islands in the U.S.: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 The challenge of visualizing things like light-years and eons, which our brains just weren’t meant to comprehend, is that they weren’t really meant to exist on Earth. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make a Scale Model of the Universe," 21 Aug. 2018 The single-use plastic straw — colorful, functional and handed out in bunches — has suddenly shifted from consumer staple to scourge, projected by some critics to foul ecosystems for an eon. Robert Channick, chicagotribune.com, "From a South Side plastics factory to McDonald's HQ, Chicago is on the front lines of anti-straw push," 11 June 2018 To uncover evidence of the collision so many eons later, astronomers have to work like galactic archaeologists, sifting through myriad sources of surviving information to piece together a story consistent with the available evidence. Ramin Skibba, WIRED, "This Galactic Collision Shaped the History of the Milky Way," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of eon

circa 1642, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for eon

Latin, from Greek aiōn — more at aye entry 3

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Eolithic

eolotropic

EOM

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eonian

eo nomine

Eopaleozoic

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: a very long period of time

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