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eon

or aeon

[ee-uh n, ee-on] /ˈi ən, ˈi ɒn/
noun
1.
an indefinitely long period of time; age.
2.
the largest division of geologic time, comprising two or more eras.
3.
Astronomy. one billion years.
Origin of eon
See origin at aeon
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Examples from the Web for eons
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  • As China was for centuries, so for eons we of this earth have been isolated.

    The Fire People

    Ray Cummings
  • At last, after eons, they reached the corner of her own yard.

    Missy Dana Gatlin
  • Presently, after eons it seemed, she desperately evoked a small, jerky voice.

    Missy Dana Gatlin
  • The six days of Creation were six eons or geological periods.

  • After eons and eons of time the band played "Home, Sweet Home."

    Sandy

    Alice Hegan Rice
  • The icy breeze tore tiny puffs of dust from grotesque, angling drifts of soil, nearly waterless for eons.

    The Eternal Wall Raymond Zinke Gallun
British Dictionary definitions for eons

eon

/ˈiːən; ˈiːɒn/
noun
1.
the usual US spelling of aeon
2.
(geology) the longest division of geological time, comprising two or more eras
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Word Origin and History for eons

eon

n.

1640s, from Latin aeon, from Greek aion "age, vital force, a period of existence, lifetime, generation;" in plural, "eternity," from PIE root *aiw- "vital force, life, long life, eternity" (cf. Sanskrit ayu "life," Avestan ayu "age," Latin aevum "space of time, eternity," Gothic aiws "age, eternity," Old Norse ævi "lifetime," German ewig "everlasting," Old English a "ever, always").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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eons in Science
eon
  (ē'ŏn')   
The longest division of geologic time, containing two or more eras.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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