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Definition 1: a period marked by distinctive character or reckoned from a fixed point or event - [noun denoting time]

Synonyms for epoch in the sense of this definition

(epoch is a kind of ...) an amount of time

"a time period of 30 years" "hastened the period of time of his recovery" "Picasso's blue period"

(... is a kind of epoch ) an era of existence or influence

"in the day of the dinosaurs" "in the days of the Roman Empire" "in the days of sailing ships" "he was a successful pianist in his day"

(... is a kind of epoch ) an era of history having some distinctive feature

"we live in a litigious age"

(... is a kind of epoch ) the present or recent times

(... is an instance of epoch) the era of Islam's ascendancy from the death of Mohammed until the 13th century; some Moslems still maintain that the Moslem world must always have a calif as head of the community

"their goal was to reestablish the Caliphate"

(... is an instance of epoch) the time period beginning with the supposed year of Christ's birth

Definition 2: a unit of geological time that is a subdivision of a period and is itself divided into ages - [noun denoting time]

(epoch is a kind of ...) the time of the physical formation and development of the earth (especially prior to human history)

(... is an instance of epoch) approximately the last 10,000 years

(... is an instance of epoch) from two million to 11 thousand years ago; extensive glaciation of the northern hemisphere; the time of human evolution

(... is an instance of epoch) from 13 million to 2 million years ago; growth of mountains; cooling of climate; more and larger mammals

(... is an instance of epoch) from 25 million to 13 million years ago; appearance of grazing mammals

(... is an instance of epoch) from 40 million to 25 million years ago; appearance of sabertoothed cats

(... is an instance of epoch) from 58 million to 40 million years ago; presence of modern mammals

(... is an instance of epoch) from 63 million to 58 million years ago; appearance of birds and earliest mammals

(... is part of epoch) a unit of geological time during which a system of rocks formed

"ganoid fishes swarmed during the earlier geological periods"

Definition 3: (astronomy) an arbitrarily fixed date that is the point in time relative to which information (as coordinates of a celestial body) is recorded - [noun denoting time]

Synonyms for epoch in the sense of this definition

(epoch is a kind of ...) the particular day, month, or year (usually according to the Gregorian calendar) that an event occurred

"he tried to memorizes all the dates for his history class"

(epoch belongs to category ...) the branch of physics that studies celestial bodies and the universe as a whole

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