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  • A year is the orbital period of the Earth moving in its orbit around the Sun. For an observer on the Earth, this corresponds to the period it takes the Sun to complete one course throughout the zodiac along the ecliptic.
  • In astronomy, the Julian year is a unit of time, defined as 365.25 days of 7004864000000000000♠86400 SI seconds each (no leap seconds), or 7007315576000000000♠31557600 seconds total.
  • Due to the Earth's axial tilt, the course of a year sees the passing of the seasons, marked by changes in weather, the hours of daylight, and consequently vegetation and fertility.

    Definition of year in English Dictionary

  • NounPLyears
    1. The time it takes the Earth to complete one revolution of the Sun (between 365.24 and 365.26 days depending on the point of reference).
      1. we moved to this town a year ago;  I quit smoking exactly one year ago ‎
    2. (by extension) The time it takes for any planetary body to make one revolution around another body.
      1. Mars goes around the sun once in a Martian year, or 1.88 Earth years. ‎
    3. A period between set dates that mark a year, from January 1 to December 31 by the Gregorian calendar.
      1. Dotcom mania was slow in coming to higher education, but now it has the venerable industry firmly in its grip. Since the launch early last year of Udacity and Coursera, two Silicon Valley start-ups offering free education through MOOCs, massive open online courses, the ivory towers of academia have been shaken to their foundations.
    4. A scheduled part of a calendar year spent in a specific activity.
      1. During this school year I have to get up at 6:30 to catch the bus. ‎
    5. (sciences) A Julian year, exactly 365.25 days, represented by "a".
      1. A level or grade in school or college.
        1. Every second-year student must select an area of specialization. ‎
        2. The exams in year 12 at high school are the most difficult. ‎
      2. The proportion of a creature's lifespan equivalent to one year of an average human lifespan (see also dog year).
        1. Geneticists have created baker's yeast that can live to 800 in yeast years. ‎
    6. More Examples
      1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
        • The last ten thousand years have witnessed a gracilization of the human cranium — and masticatory complex, in particular.
        • Iron ore producers are facing the first price fall for annual contracts in seven years as demand weakens for steelmaking inputs.
        • This years projections are above prior year actuals by five percent.
      2. Used in the Beginning of Sentence
        • year I was diagnosed with cervical cancer and had to pack in my job as a full-time cleaner as I needed chemo and radiotherapy
      3. Used in the Ending of Sentence
        • The game then went into extra innings, when Rally Killer Miller brought in the absolutely godawful Norm Charlton, one of the crapperific pitchers in Seattle's pen last year.
        • We are going to send our son away to live with his uncle in America for a year.
        • We are completely snowed under at work because it is the end of the tax year.
    • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
      1. Nouns
        • Countable nouns
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      Grammatically, this word "year" is a noun, more specifically, a countable noun.
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