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Q: What is the word for a four-month period? ( No Answer,   2 Comments )
Subject: What is the word for a four-month period?
Category: Reference, Education and News > General Reference
Asked by: paul5002-ga
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Posted: 27 May 2005 14:40 PDT
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A quarter is a three-month period.  Trimester is another name for that.

What is the name for a four-month period?

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 27 May 2005 20:39 PDT
A trimester itself can sometimes be about 4 months, depending, I
suppose, on how long the "year" itself is considered to be:

Trimester: Period of study consisting of approximately three equal
terms of 16 weeks during the academic year.

Beyond that, a full-text search of the Oxford English Dictionary for
the term "four months" did not reveal any word that is defined as a
period equal to four months.

Does that help at all?

Request for Question Clarification by tutuzdad-ga on 28 May 2005 07:13 PDT
Wouldn't that period be called "triannually"? It seems to be a term
used quite a bit in the publishing industry.


There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: What is the word for a four-month period?
From: xarqi-ga on 27 May 2005 20:17 PDT
Quadmester has been used, but then, so has tetramester (arrrgh)!
Subject: Re: What is the word for a four-month period?
From: myoarin-ga on 28 May 2005 05:38 PDT
Good question.  The calendar year is just not supposed to be divided
in thirds; it is unnatural; bad for your health to even think about
it; if we were meant to, we would have a word for it.  ;-)

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