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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 brilliant architecture of this epoch and earlier periods earns Haifa UNESCO World Heritage status.
Scientists studied the Pliocene epoch, which happened a few million years ago.
Rather, the work preserves a sliver of the soundtrack of the era, music to fill elegant enclaves while epochs tectonically slid past each other.
And this giant isn’t some holdover from an ancient epoch.
That is especially true in an epoch, like this one, of momentous choice and change.
The researchers searched one-tenth of the entire sky visible from Earth and found just one quasar from this early epoch.
Temperatures were a little warmer then, so the epoch could be a good preview of a warmer Earth.
The layer where the head was found dates to the 9th century B.C., the epoch associated with the rival biblical kingdoms of Israel and Judah.
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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
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