What is a period of six months called?

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    A period of six months is either half a year or a half-year. Something that happens once every half-year is two times a year or twice a year, both of which are preferred for the sake of clarity.

    If the occurrence is of regular periodicity, it is semiannual(ly) (because ‘semi’ means ‘half’).

    If it’s of irregular or unfixed or unstated periodicity, then it’s half-yearly.

    The words biannual and biannually are ambiguous and generally unrecommended, but strictly speaking means once every two years or occurring in that timeframe.

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    Can it be also called a semester? Or is it only for the academic environment? Would it be correct to say, in a business scenario, for example: “ The 1st semester 2020 was worse than last year’s”?.

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    It might be called a third/ first third of the year, also as per wiki there is a word to define it which says- “quadrimester”.

    you can also refer it as “terminal”, “trimester”, etc.

    There’s a simple logic to it.

    A year consists of 12 months- A year.

    Divided into four seasons/parts- 12/3 = 4 “quarters”

    As “QUAD” is meant for four identical sides/sided.

    Same in the case of “TRI/TERMINAL” which stands for 12/4 = 3

    “TRI”.

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    To Jada Brown,

    Good question. “Every three months” means four times a year, or quarterly (e.g., January, April, July, October). The dates are evenly spaced out. If you start the clock ticking on another month or actual date, just add three months, then six months, then nine months to get the dates within the next 12 months.

    • The first date is on month 1 (or January 25 in my example).
    • The second date is on month 1 + 3 (this equals month 4, or April 25 in my example).
    • The third date is on month 4 + 3 (this equals month 7, or July 25 in my example).
    • The fourth date is on month 7 + 3 (this equals month 10, or October 25 in my example).

    —Sarah M. 7/23/2018


    QUESTION: What does “every 3 months” mean?

    If by “period” you mean “length of time,” I’m not aware of a single English word for that. “Three quarters of a year” is longer than “nine months,” so that’s not especially useful. If you wanted to get pedantic, you could use novemester, along the lines of trimester (three months) and semester (six months), but nobody would know what you were talking about, and you’d probably get some eye-rolls. I think I’d stick to “nine months.”

    On the other hand, if you mean a nine-month menstrual period, I have it on good authority that “hell” would be the proper term. Probably in all caps, boldface, and italics.

    y=1 1/2 months or 3/2 months

    PREMISES

    y=1/4(6 months)

    ASSUMPTIONS

    Let a month =a calendar month

    CALCULATIONS

    y=1/4(6 months)

    y=6 months/4

    y=1 2/4

    y=

    1 1/2 months or 3/2 months

    PROOF

    If y=1 1/2 months, then the equations

    1 1/2 months(4)=6 months and

    6 months=6 months prove the solution y=1 1/2 months to the expression 1/4(6 months)

    C.H.

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    I don’t hear that referred to very often, but it wouldn’t be incorrect to say “the first third of the year”. You much more frequently get the year divided into three month sections and you hear ‘the first quarter” or “Q1” all the time.

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    A trimester is only three months of a nine month pregnancy. The nine month pregnancy, divided into trimesters, has three trimesters each three months long. Should a year (twelve months) be divided into trimesters, the trimesters each would be four months long rather than three.

    The same goes for quarters. A quarter based upon a year is three months. But a quarter based upon half of a year would be a month and a half apiece.

    You could go with treble or triplet, both of which refer to units of three. But these may not sound like indications of time.

    Might I suggest finding a unit that does not necessarily correspond with a set unit of time and unitizing it to a three month period? For example, the term “interval” just means a unit of time. If you set your intervals to be three months each, then you have accomplished your goal. Your 25 year timelime would be 100 intervals in all.

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