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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 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.
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 phrase represents an epoch in American thought.
Schneider responded with a hot clarinet, his more traditional musical vocabulary turning this performance into a kind of dialogue between distinct jazz epochs.
For one, there were much warmer climates on Earth in the relatively recent past, such as during the Eocene epoch (between 56 million and 34 million years ago), and no signs of a runaway greenhouse effect, Zahnle said.
Portentous, considering that the current concentration of CO2, now more than 400 parts per million, is reaching a level not seen for perhaps three million years, since the Pliocene epoch.
Deep thinkers in ancient Greece and Rome recognized fossils as the remains of life-forms from earlier epochs.
Each of her books is a dense tapestry woven from encounters with those caught up in epoch-making events, from the second world war to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986.
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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
EPOCH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of epoch for English Language Learners
: a period of time that is very important in history
EPOCH Defined for Kids
Definition of epoch for Students
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