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epoch
used in The Mill on the Floss

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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
  • Tom, as I said, had never been so much like a girl in his life before, and at that epoch of irregular verbs his spirit was further depressed by a new means of mental development which had been thought of for him out of school hours.
    2.1 -- Book 2 Chapter 1 -- Tom's "First Half" (52% in)
  • Chapter X Maggie Behaves Worse Than She Expected The startling object which thus made an epoch for uncle Pullet was no other than little Lucy, with one side of her person, from her small foot to her bonnet-crown, wet and discolored with mud, holding out two tiny blackened hands, and making a very piteous face.
    1.10 -- Book 1 Chapter 10 -- Maggie Behaves Worse Than She Expected (1% in)
  • Tom saw no reason why they should not make up this quarrel as they had done many others, by behaving as if nothing had happened; for though he had never before said to Philip that his father was a rogue, this idea had so habitually made part of his feeling as to the relation between himself and his dubious schoolfellow, who he could neither like nor dislike, that the mere utterance did not make such an epoch to him as it did to Philip.
    2.5 -- Book 2 Chapter 5 -- Maggie's Second Visit (12% in)
  • Chapter XI In the Lane Maggie had been four days at her aunt Moss's giving the early June sunshine quite a new brightness in the care-dimmed eyes of that affectionate woman, and making an epoch for her cousins great and small, who were learning her words and actions by heart, as if she had been a transient avatar of perfect wisdom and beauty.
    6.11 -- Book 6 Chapter 11 -- In the Lane (1% in)

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