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accouchement childbirth, or a period of confinement for childbirth.
adjournment a period of being adjourned. [1/2 definitions]
adolescence the period between puberty and adulthood. [2 definitions]
adolescent of the period between puberty and adulthood. [1/3 definitions]
advent (cap.) the coming of Jesus Christ, or the period including four Sundays before Christmas. [1/2 definitions]
aftereffect an effect that follows its cause after some period of time, such as a delayed effect caused by a medicine or exposure to chemicals.
aftermath the period following a disastrous event. [1/2 definitions]
afternoon the period between noon and evening. [2 definitions]
age a distinctive period of cultural or geologic time. [2/11 definitions]
alert a warning or a period of warning, as of severe weather or military attack. [1/3 definitions]
Alexandrian of or pertaining to Alexander the Great or the period of his reign. [1/2 definitions]
Algonkian the Algonkian Period, or the rock formations that date from that time. [1/4 definitions]
a.m. abbreviation of "ante meridiem" (Latin); the period from midnight until noon.
amortize to deduct (expenditures) by fixed amounts over a period of time. [2 definitions]
anachronism something that is or appears to be out of its appropriate time period. [1/2 definitions]
antebellum in or of the period prior to a war, esp. the American Civil War. (Cf. postbellum.)
antediluvian of the period before the Flood told of in the Bible. [1/4 definitions]
anticlimax a disappointing period of descent or decline in contrast to a previous rise. [1/3 definitions]
antique belonging to earlier times; of a period long past. [1/5 definitions]
Archean the Archean Period, or the rock formations that date from that time. [1/2 definitions]
astronomical year a unit of time equal to the period between one vernal equinox and the next.