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1. WordNet® 3.0 (2006)
    n 1: a period of time containing 365 (or 366) days; "she is 4
         years old"; "in the year 1920" [syn: year, twelvemonth,
    2: a period of time occupying a regular part of a calendar year
       that is used for some particular activity; "a school year"
    3: 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"
    4: a body of students who graduate together; "the class of '97";
       "she was in my year at Hoehandle High" [syn: class, year]

2. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Sidereal \Si*de"re*al\, a. [L. sidereus, from sidus, sideris, a
   constellation, a star. Cf. Sideral, Consider, Desire.]
   1. Relating to the stars; starry; astral; as, sidereal
      [1913 Webster]

   2. (Astron.) Measuring by the apparent motion of the stars;
      designated, marked out, or accompanied, by a return to the
      same position in respect to the stars; as, the sidereal
      revolution of a planet; a sidereal day.
      [1913 Webster]

   Sidereal clock, day, month, year. See under Clock,
      Day, etc.

   Sideral time, time as reckoned by sideral days, or, taking
      the sidereal day as the unit, the time elapsed since a
      transit of the vernal equinox, reckoned in parts of a
      sidereal day. This is, strictly, apparent sidereal time,
      mean sidereal time being reckoned from the transit, not of
      the true, but of the mean, equinoctial point.
      [1913 Webster]

3. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Year \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.]
   [1913 Webster]
   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).
      [1913 Webster]

            Of twenty year of age he was, I guess. --Chaucer.
      [1913 Webster]

   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.
         [1913 Webster]

   2. The time in which any planet completes a revolution about
      the sun; as, the year of Jupiter or of Saturn.
      [1913 Webster]

   3. pl. Age, or old age; as, a man in years. --Shak.
      [1913 Webster]

   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.
      [1913 Webster] year 2000 bug

4. Easton's 1897 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.

5. Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856)
YEAR. The period in which the revolution of the earth round the sun, and the 
accompanying changes in the order of nature, are completed. 
     2. The civil year differs from the astronomical, the latter being 
composed of 365 days, 5 hours, 48 seconds and a fraction, while the former 
consists, sometimes of three hundred and sixty-five days, and at others, in 
leap years, of three hundred and sixty-six days. 
     3. The year is divided into half-year which consists, according to Co. 
Litt. 135 b, of 182 days; and quarter of a year, which consists of 91 days, 
Ibid. and 2 Roll. Ab. 521, 1. 40. It is further divided into twelve months. 
     4. The civil year commences immediately after twelve o'clock at night 
of the thirty-first day of December, that is the first moment of the first 
day of January, and ends at midnight of the thirty-first day of December, 
twelve mouths thereafter. Vide Com. Dig. Ann.; 2 Bl. Com. by Chitty, 140, 
n.; Chitt. Pr. Index tit. Time alteration of the calendar (q.v.) from old to 
new style in England, (see Bissextile,) and the colonies of that country in 
America, the year in chronological reckoning was supposed to commence with 
the first day of January, although the legal year did not commence until 
March 25th, the intermediate time being doubly indicated: thus February 15, 
1724, and so on. This mode of reckoning was altered by the statute 24 Geo. 
II. cap. 23, which gave rise to an act of assembly of Pennsylvania, passed 
March 11, 1752; 1 Sm. Laws, 217, conforming thereto, and also to the repeal 
of the act of 1710. 
     5. In New York it is enacted that whenever the term "year" or "years" 
is or shall be used in any statute, deed, verbal or written contract, or any 
public or private instrument whatever, the year intended shall be taken to 
consist of three hundred and sixty-five days; half a year of a hundred and 
eighty-two days; and a quarter of a year of ninety-two days; and the day of 
a leap year, and the day immediately preceding, if they shall occur in any 
period so to be computed, shall be reckoned together as one day. Rev. Stat. 
part 1, c. 19, t. 1, Sec. 3. 

6. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906)
YEAR, n.  A period of three hundred and sixty-five disappointments.

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1. Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
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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