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Examples of epoch in a Sentence
The Civil War era was an epoch in 19th-century U.S. history.
The development of the steam engine marked an important epoch in the history of industry.
Recent Examples of epoch from the Web
The bottom of the chunk was a frozen black mass, the remains of ancient plant life that contains stored carbon from another epoch.
Baltimore needs a way to state, repeatedly and clearly, its desire to end this epoch.
Fourteen years ago— a virtual Pleistocene epoch ago— there were 49 such starts!
The change marks a bittersweet epoch for the Art Alliance, which had once brought to the city the likes of Man Ray, Martha Graham, and Andrew Wyeth, but which lost a good deal of its cutting-edge sheen in recent decades.
Flöge’s contributions were seen as more niche, which pigeonholed her to a specific epoch of Austrian history.
Not necessarily another geological epoch or historical era, but definitely a different month.
Gas prices could rise 25 cents a gallon or more for several weeks in some parts of the country as the energy industry climbs out of hurricane Harvey's epoch rainfall in southeastern Texas.
The objects offer a glimpse of life during the American Revolution, and will be part of classroom lessons that help kids travel back to that epoch of history.
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Did You Know?
Epoch comes to us, via Medieval Latin, from Greek epochē, meaning "cessation" or "fixed point." "Epochē," in turn, comes from the Greek verb epechein, meaning "to pause" or "to hold back." When "epoch" was first borrowed into English, it referred to the fixed point used to mark the beginning of a system of chronology. That sense is now obsolete, but today "epoch" is used in some fields (such as astronomy) with the meaning "an instant of time or a date selected as a point of reference." The "an event or a time that begins a new period or development" sense first appeared in print in the early 17th century, and "epoch" has been applied to defining moments or periods of time ever since.
Synonym Discussion of epoch
- periods of economic prosperity
- the steam engine marked a new epoch in industry
- the era of global communications
- the age of Samuel Johnson
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