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, marked by events of great importance; a period of years filled with unusual events.
  10. A point of time fixed or made remarkable by some great event from which dates are reckoned: a period remarkable for important events.
  11. A remarkable period of time; date from which an era is reckoned.
  12. An important point or memorable period of history; era.
  13. 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.
  14. A fixed point of time from which succeeding years are numbered; a period in the progress of events when some important occurrence takes place; a fixed and important period of novelty or change; in geol., age or era.

Quotes of epoch

  1. Ever since my youth it has disturbed me that of the literary works that survived their own epoch so many dealt with historical rather than contemporary subjects. – Lion Feuchtwanger
  2. We shall be inclined to pronounce the voyage that led to the way to this New World as the most epoch -making event of all that have occurred since the birth of Christ. – John Fiske
  3. In all the areas within which the spiritual life of humanity is at work, the historical epoch wherein fate has placed us is an epoch of stupendous happenings. – Edmund Husserl
  4. But I now entered on my fifteenth year- a sad epoch in the life of a slave girl. My master began to whisper foul words in my ear. Young as I was, I could not remain ignorant of their import. – Harriet Ann Jacobs
  5. It is an absolutely unique success of the church community to have introduced such an epoch -making change, in just a few years, without having a serious division. – Hans Kung
  6. Beauty is also submitted to the taste of time, so a beautiful woman from the Belle Epoch is not exactly the perfect beauty of today, so beauty is something that changes with time. – Karl Lagerfeld
  7. In the present epoch of struggle between two worlds the two opposing and antagonistic trends penetrating the foundations of nearly all branches of biology are particularly sharply defined. – Trofim Lysenko
  8. The epoch of Customary Law, and of its custody by a privileged order, is a very remarkable one. – Henry James Sumner Maine
  9. A man lives not only his personal life, as an individual, but also, consciously or unconsciously, the life of his epoch and his contemporaries. – Thomas Mann
  10. Architecture is the will of an epoch translated into space. – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
  11. Once more I can climb about and remind you that a woman in this epoch does the important literary thinking. – Gertrude Stein
  12. The obscurest epoch is today. – Robert Louis Stevenson
  13. From the building of the temple of Solomon, which is also treated as a leading epoch in chronology, a new period in the history of worship is accordingly dated, - and to a certain extent with justice. – Julius Wellhausen

Usage examples for epoch

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Nothing could possibly have been more trifling to my parents, but to me it meant an epoch – Father and Son by Edmund Gosse
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Their epoch is assigned on the score of internal evidence. – The Ethnology of the British Colonies and Dependencies by Robert Gordon Latham
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Philosophical discussion, especially since the beginning of the great war, has entered upon a new epoch of sanity, and, perhaps, of constructive effort. – John Dewey's logical theory by Delton Thomas Howard
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Frederick felt that with this moment, an epoch of his life had come to a close. – Atlantis by Gerhart Hauptmann
  16. Had these works been displayed in Germany, they would undoubtedly have been epoch making. – Atlantis by Gerhart Hauptmann
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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