Year

Definition of Year

n.1.
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.
2.The time in which any planet completes a revolution about the sun; as, the year of Jupiter or of Saturn.
3.Age, or old age; as, a man in years.
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 days.
Common year
each year of 365 days, as distinguished from leap year.
Embolismic 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
See under Gregorian, and Julian.
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
See under Platonic, and Sabbatical.
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.
Year of grace
any year of the Christian era; Anno Domini; A. D. or a. d.
- Abbott.

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abundant year, academic year, annum, bissextile year, calendar month, calendar year, century, common year, day, decade, decennary, decennium, defective year, fiscal year, fortnight, hour, leap year, lunar month, lunar year, lunation, luster, lustrum, man-hour, microsecond, millennium, millisecond, minute, moment, month, moon, quarter, quinquennium, regular year, second, semester, session, sidereal year, solar year, sun, term, trimester, twelvemonth, week, weekday
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