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Definition a significant period of time
The exact meaning of epoch depends upon its context. For example:
  • "an epoch of scientific discovery" — an historical period
  • "during the Late Jurassic epoch" — a unit of geological time smaller than a period and larger than an age
  • "the epoch moment of the photo" — the time of an astronomical measurement
  • Easter Island has passed through three epochs.
epochs = a significant period of time — such as an historical period or a unit of geological time smaller than a period and larger than an age
  • Geologically, we are in the Holocene epoch.
  • The exhibit is called, Images of an Epoch.
  • an important epoch in the history of the country
  • But, up to that epoch of my life, I had lived in vain.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • ...the many formations long anterior to the Silurian epoch in a completely metamorphosed condition.
    Charles Darwin  --  The Origin of Species
  • It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity...
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale Of Two Cities
  • ...the first day of this visit had become the most fatal epoch of his life.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • It must be remembered, that at that epoch the Gazette des Tribunaux was not yet in existence.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • epoch = period of time
  • It is almost the only one of which it may be said that it points the way to a new epoch in a large area of our national life.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • epoch = a significant period of time
  • Dr. Holabird's epochal address was being broadcast by radio to a million ardently listening lovers of science.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • When you shoot, you pull down governments, inaugurate new epochs, abolish old orders and set up new.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Major Barbara
  • This is day one of year one of the new epoch—the Epoch of the Invisible Man.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • End of an epoch, I could tell the king.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • They are purging more than the epsom salts in this epoch.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • It was probably no more than eighty years old, but would not have been out of place in an entirely different epoch.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • What, then, was regarded as miraculous in each epoch-the ancient, primitive epoch and the later, postRoman epoch which was far more advanced?
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • The epoch-making trial had started, and the Superintendent of Police was opening the case for the prosecution.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • And the more he worked in this cause, the more incontestable it seemed to him that it was a cause destined to assume vast dimensions, to create an epoch.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • When we did, after the melancholy epochs of Janet Savory and Tweedy Browner, things proceeded to fall apart.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise

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