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Meaning of YEAR

Pronunciation:  yeer

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a body of students who graduate together; "the class of '97"; "she was in my year at Hoehandle High"
  2. [n]  the period of time that it takes for a planet (as, e.g., Earth or Mars) to make a complete revolution around the sun; "a Martian year takes 687 of our days"
  3. [n]  a period of time containing 365 (or 366) days; "she is 4 years old"; "in the year 1920"
  4. [n]  a period of time occupying a regular part of a calendar year that is used for some particular activity; "a school year"

YEAR is a 4 letter word that starts with Y.


 Synonyms: class, twelvemonth, yr
 See Also: 365 days, 366 days, academic year, annum, anomalistic year, assemblage, astronomical year, bissextile year, calendar year, Christian year, church year, civil year, common year, decade, decennary, decennium, equinoctial year, financial year, fiscal year, freshman class, gathering, graduating class, Holy Year, intercalary year, junior class, leap year, lunar year, month, New Year, off year, period, period of time, school year, season, senior class, sidereal year, solar year, sophomore class, time of year, time period, tropical year, Y2K, year of grace



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Year\, n. [OE. yer, yeer, [yogh]er, AS. ge['a]r; akin to
OFries. i?r, g?r, D. jaar, OHG. j[=a]r, G. jahr, Icel. [=a]r,
Dan. aar, Sw. [*a]r, Goth. j?r, Gr. ? a season of the year,
springtime, a part of the day, an hour, ? a year, Zend
y[=a]re year. [root]4, 279. Cf. {Hour}, {Yore}.]
1. The time of the apparent revolution of the sun trough the
   ecliptic; the period occupied by the earth in making its
   revolution around the sun, called the astronomical year;
   also, a period more or less nearly agreeing with this,
   adopted by various nations as a measure of time, and
   called the civil year; as, the common lunar year of 354
   days, still in use among the Mohammedans; the year of 360
   days, etc. In common usage, the year consists of 365 days,
   and every fourth year (called bissextile, or leap year) of
   366 days, a day being added to February on that year, on
   account of the excess above 365 days (see {Bissextile}).

         Of twenty year of age he was, I guess. --Chaucer.

Note: The civil, or legal, year, in England, formerly
      commenced on the 25th of March. This practice continued
      throughout the British dominions till the year 1752.

2. The time in which any planet completes a revolution about
   the sun; as, the year of Jupiter or of Saturn.

3. pl. Age, or old age; as, a man in years. --Shak.

{Anomalistic year}, the time of the earth's revolution from
   perihelion to perihelion again, which is 365 days, 6
   hours, 13 minutes, and 48 seconds.

{A year's mind} (Eccl.), a commemoration of a deceased
   person, as by a Mass, a year after his death. Cf. {A
   month's mind}, under {Month}.

{Bissextile year}. See {Bissextile}.

{Canicular year}. See under {Canicular}.

{Civil year}, the year adopted by any nation for the
   computation of time.

{Common lunar year}, the period of 12 lunar months, or 354

{Common year}, each year of 365 days, as distinguished from
   leap year.

{Embolismic year}, or {Intercalary lunar year}, the period of
   13 lunar months, or 384 days.

{Fiscal year} (Com.), the year by which accounts are
   reckoned, or the year between one annual time of
   settlement, or balancing of accounts, and another.

{Great year}. See {Platonic year}, under {Platonic}.

{Gregorian year}, {Julian year}. See under {Gregorian}, and

{Leap year}. See {Leap year}, in the Vocabulary.

{Lunar astronomical year}, the period of 12 lunar synodical
   months, or 354 days, 8 hours, 48 minutes, 36 seconds.

{Lunisolar year}. See under {Lunisolar}.

{Periodical year}. See {Anomalistic year}, above.

{Platonic year}, {Sabbatical year}. See under {Platonic}, and

{Sidereal year}, the time in which the sun, departing from
   any fixed star, returns to the same. This is 365 days, 6
   hours, 9 minutes, and 9.3 seconds.

{Tropical year}. See under {Tropical}.

{Year and a day} (O. Eng. Law), a time to be allowed for an
   act or an event, in order that an entire year might be
   secured beyond all question. --Abbott.

{Year of grace}, any year of the Christian era; Anno Domini;
   A. D. or a. d.

Easton Bible Dictionary

Heb. shanah, meaning "repetition" or "revolution" (Gen. 1:14; 5:3). Among the ancient Egyptians the year consisted of twelve months of thirty days each, with five days added to make it a complete revolution of the earth round the sun. The Jews reckoned the year in two ways, (1) according to a sacred calendar, in which the year began about the time of the vernal equinox, with the month Abib; and (2) according to a civil calendar, in which the year began about the time of the autumnal equinox, with the month Nisan. The month Tisri is now the beginning of the Jewish year.