eon

[ee-uhn, ee-on]
noun
1.
an indefinitely long period of time; age.
2.
the largest division of geologic time, comprising two or more eras.
3.
Astronomy. one billion years.
Also, aeon.


Origin:
see aeon

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aeon or esp (US) eon (ˈiːən, ˈiːɒn, ˈiːən, ˈiːɒn)
 
n
1.  an immeasurably long period of time; age
2.  a period of one thousand million years
3.  (often capital) gnosticism one of the powers emanating from the supreme being and culminating in the demiurge
 
[C17: from Greek aiōn an infinitely long time]
 
eon or esp (US) eon
 
n
 
[C17: from Greek aiōn an infinitely long time]

eon (ˈiːən, ˈiːɒn)
 
n
1.  the usual US spelling of aeon
2.  geology the longest division of geological time, comprising two or more eras

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eon
1640s, from L. aeon, from Gk. aion "age, vital force, lifetime," from PIE base *aiw- "vital force, life, long life, eternity" (cf. Skt. ayu "life," Avestan ayu "age," L. aevum "space of time, eternity," Goth. aiws "age, eternity," O.N. ævi "lifetime," Ger. ewig "everlasting," O.E. a "ever, always").
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eon   (ē'ŏn')  Pronunciation Key 
The longest division of geologic time, containing two or more eras.
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Psychiatry is a eon behind any such revelation of the untoward ontology of nightmares.
We long to hold on to those rituals and traditions of eon that still resonate, while making new meaning from the ether.
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