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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Definitions for epoch

  1. The beginning of a distinctive period in the history of anything.
  2. A particular period of time marked by distinctive features or events.
  3. A memorable date.

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Citations for epoch
As a result, lawmakers can now submit draft constitutional amendments to the Diet, a practice that had been frozen for three years since the national voting bill was enacted. This is an epoch-making event in the postwar history of our nation's constitutional politics. , "Lawmakers must face constitutional change", editorial, The Daily Yomiuri, May, 2010.
Indeed, I've seen this epoch as an increasingly intimate collaboration between our biological heritage and a future that transcends biology. Ray Kurzweil, The singularity is near: when humans transcend biology
Origin of epoch
1605-1615
Epoch has acquired a variety of precise meanings through the centuries: historical, in ancient Rome and Greece; geological and astronomical in modern times.