Definitions of epoch

  1. ( astronomy) the precise date that is the point of reference for which information ( as coordinates of a celestial body) is referred
  2. a unit of geological time
  3. a period marked by distinctive character or reckoned from a fixed point or event
  4. A fixed point of time, established in history by the occurrence of some grand or remarkable event; a point of time marked by an event of great subsequent influence; as, the epoch of the creation; the birth of Christ was the epoch which gave rise to the Christian era.
  5. A period of time, longer or shorter, remarkable for events of great subsequent influence; a memorable period; as, the epoch of maritime discovery, or of the Reformation.
  6. A division of time characterized by the prevalence of similar conditions of the earth; commonly a minor division or part of a period.
  7. The date at which a planet or comet has a longitude or position.
  8. An arbitrary fixed date, for which the elements used in computing the place of a planet, or other heavenly body, at any other date, are given; as, the epoch of Mars; lunar elements for the epoch March 1st, 1860.
  9. A point of time fixed or made remarkable by some great event from which dates are reckoned: a period remarkable for important events.
  10. A remarkable period of time; date from which an era is reckoned.
  11. An important point or memorable period of history; era.
  12. A fixed point or period of time remarkable for some great event or series of events from which succeeding years, as connected therewith, are numbered; any remarkable period of time; date; the beliocentric longitude of a planet at any given time.

Usage examples for epoch

  1. This fact in itself testifies to an epoch- making change in the organization of the Mexican government, in the making of which a concession was made to a previously existing order of things, by the retention of the female title by a male ruler. – The Fundamental Principles of Old and New World Civilizations by Zelia Nuttall
  2. I got sights for error and rate of chronometer watches, but these are not satisfactory with so short an epoch as our stay at Mount Hooper, when change in altitude is so slow. – South with Scott by Edward R. G. R. Evans
  3. An outline of either would fairly indicate the content of the fundamental law for the whole Territorial epoch. – History of the Constitutions of Iowa by Benjamin F. Shambaugh
  4. Frederick felt that with this moment, an epoch of his life had come to a close. – Atlantis by Gerhart Hauptmann
  5. There were signs all along that at some previous epoch the level of the lake must have been much higher than it is at present. – An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet by A. Henry Savage Landor
  6. Here we strike the ringing iron of the old conscience and sense of honour which marked the best men of his party and of his epoch. – Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton
  7. In some ways the book served to mark a new epoch in the development of that part of practical sociology which concerns itself with the direct betterment of the lower class of society. – The Social Work of the Salvation Army by Edwin Gifford Lamb
  8. From this epoch, I saw all the persons who had any wish to communicate with the Queen on matters relative to the public business, and Her Majesty was generally present when they came, and received them in my apartments. – The Secret Memoirs of Louis XV./XVI, Complete by Madame du Hausset, an "Unknown English Girl" and the Princess Lamballe
  9. The evidence of the later movements of the land surface, and its rise and fall after the close of the glacial epoch, may still easily be traced. – The Dawn of Canadian History: A Chronicle of Aboriginal Canada by Stephen Leacock
  10. Had these works been displayed in Germany, they would undoubtedly have been epoch- making. – Atlantis by Gerhart Hauptmann
  11. This was not, however, Charlemagne's only great enterprise at this epoch, nor the only great struggle he had to maintain. – A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Volume I. of VI. by Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
  12. Nothing could possibly have been more trifling to my parents, but to me it meant an epoch. – Father and Son by Edmund Gosse
  13. The results were thus very grand and epoch- making. – The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II by A.E. Nordenskieold
  14. The artists of that great epoch participate in its general character, and represent it in their way. – Lectures on the true, the beautiful and the good by Victor Cousin
  15. Those were the days when failure and humiliation could still draw tears from me: that epoch in my life is marked in my memory as the epoch when I could weep. – Basil by Wilkie Collins
  16. Not in revelation confined to one book or one epoch in the history of the world, though we do not deny the revelation contained in them. – Our Unitarian Gospel by Minot Savage
  17. To omit them, or follow too closely the printed text, would be to ignore the epoch, school and character of the music; a careful study of which forms one of the cornerstones of Interpretation. – Style in Singing by W. E. Haslam
  18. An epoch- making book may sweep men off of their feet and make of them passionate adherents. – An Introduction to Philosophy by George Stuart Fullerton