English Edit

Etymology Edit

From centi- +‎ millennium.

Noun Edit

centimillennium (plural centimillennia)

  1. A period of time consisting of one hundred thousand years.
    Coordinate terms: annum, biennium, triennium, quadrennium, quinquennium, sexennium, septennium, octennium, novennium, decennium, centennium, quincentennium, millennium, decamillennium, millionennium
    • [1882, Nelson Loverin, “Description of the Historical Slate”, in Loverin’s Chart of Time, Centograph and Slate, New York, “Definitions Worthy of Special Attention”, page 37:
      A Millennium consists of one thousand years. / A Decamillennium is ten thousand years. / [] / A Centimillennium embraces a period of one hundred thousand years.]
    • 1951, George R. Stewart, “The Mountains and the Sky”, in Sheep Rock[1], Ballantine Books, published 1971, “The Mountains”, pages 174, 175:
      After that the land was quiet for a long time, and the decimillennia passed and ran on into centimillennia, and the centimillennia piled up into millionennia. [] And, as the centimillennia passed, the hills grew lower still and the valleys broader, so that the whole land was only of a rolling surface, as if it would soon be a plain.
    • 1964, Jim Bailey, “Chapter 30. The Landing in the South of France”, in The Sky Suspended: A Fighter Pilot’s Story, Bloomsbury Publishing, published 2005, →ISBN, page 164:
      To dig down through the layers of anthropology, to compare spokeshave and arrowhead, awl and drill – embedded codices – from the abandoned shelters of the earth, to hobnob with millennia and to quote centimillennia with the same sort of respect as was previously accorded to the aristocracy, is to cite the modern quality.
    • 1969, Earl W. Count, “Animal Communication in Man-Science: An Essay in Perspective”, in Thomas A. Sebeok, Julia Kristeva, Josette Rey-Debove, editors, Approaches to Animal Communication (“Approaches to Semiotics”, volume 1), Mouton & Co., →ISBN, page 98:
      This suggests, for one thing, that if our Australopithecoid ancestry possessed a brain-volume approximating that of a chimpanzee, in the late Tertiary, an additional 2 mitotic divisions over a period of some centimillennia would really not suggest that the human capacity is the product of an ‘explosion of brains’ under a terrific ‘selective pressure’, — as appears to be a current view of the matter.
    • [1972, George R. Stewart, “INTERVIEW VI, []”, in A Little of Myself, The Regents of the University of California, page 155:
      A lot of this book dealt with long periods of time. I coined words in there. There was no unit of time longer than a millennium in ordinary usage, which doesn't do at all. So I coined "decimillennium" and "centimillennium," and I used "millennium" for a million years. I doubt if you'd find those anywhere else, but it's pretty obvious what they mean. I really needed them in this book, because I was dealing in periods very much longer than a thousand years.]
    • 1997, Carleton Bulkin, transl., Hidden History, Twisted Spoon Press, translation of Skryté dějiny by Otokar Březina, →ISBN, page 132:
      Do the millennia and the centimillennia dash between us and this dream? Must the sun be extinguished and reignited a thousand times?
    • 1999, American Journal of Physics, volume 67, page 842, column 2:
      I see no reason not to consider Jackson the text of choice for the next millennium, or at least the next centimillennium.