Each of the four divisions of a year: spring, summer, autumn and winter; yeartide.
A part of a year when something particular happens: mating season'', ''rainy season'', ''football season .
- the several seasons of the year in their beauty
Mr. Pratt's Patients
, passage=Then there came a reg'lar terror of a sou'wester same as you don't get one summer in a thousand, and blowed the shanty flat and ripped about half of the weir poles out of the sand. We spent consider'ble money getting 'em reset, and then a swordfish got into the pound and tore the nets all to slathers, right in the middle of the squiteague season
(obsolete) That which gives relish; seasoning.
* 1599 , (William Shakespeare), (Much Ado About Nothing) ,
- O! she is fallen
- Into a pit of ink, that the wide sea
- Hath drops too few to wash her clean again,
- And salt too little which may season give
* 1605 , (Shakespeare), The Tragedy of Macbeth, III, 4
- To her foul-tainted flesh.
(cricket) The period over which a series of Test matches are played.
(North America, broadcasting) A group of episodes of a television or radio program broadcast in regular intervals with a long break between each group, usually with one year between the beginning of each.
- You lack the season of all natures, sleep.
(obsolete) An extended, undefined period of time.
* 1656 , , The Mortification of Sin
- The third season of ''Friends'' aired from 1996 to 1997.
- So it is in a person when a breach hath been made upon his conscience, quiet, perhaps credit, by his lust, in some eruption of actual sin; — carefulness, indignation, desire, fear, revenge are all set on work about it and against it, and lust is quiet for a season , being run down before them; but when the hurry is over and the inquest is past, the thief appears again alive, and is as busy as ever at his work.
In British English, a year-long group of episodes is called a series, whereas in North American English the word "series" is a synonym of "program" or "show".
* high season
* in season
* low season
* mating season
* mid-season form
* open season
* out of season
* rutting season
* silly season
To flavour food with spices, herbs or salt.
To make fit for any use by time or habit; to habituate; to accustom; to inure; to ripen; to mature; as, to season one to a climate.
Hence, to prepare by drying or hardening, or removal of natural juices; as, to season timber.
To become mature; to grow fit for use; to become adapted to a climate.
To become dry and hard, by the escape of the natural juices, or by being penetrated with other substance; as, timber seasons in the sun.
(obsolete) To copulate with; to impregnate.
A particular period of history, especially one considered remarkable or noteworthy.
, author=Donald Worster
, title=A Drier and Hotter Future
, volume=100, issue=1, page=70
, passage=Phoenix and Lubbock are both caught in severe drought, and it is going to get much worse. We may see many such [dust] storms in the decades ahead, along with species extinctions, radical disturbance of ecosystems, and intensified social conflict over land and water. Welcome to the Anthropocene, the epoch
when humans have become a major geological and climatic force.}}
A notable event which marks the beginning of such a period.
(astronomy) A precise instant of time that is used as a reference point.
(computing, uncountable) A precise instant of time that is used as a reference point (e.g. January 1, 1970, 00:00:00 UTC).
* a particular period in history: era; age (epoch is a subcategory of era and/or age)