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 for Civil year
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Year \Year\, n. [OE. yer, yeer, [yogh]er, AS. ge['a]r; akin to
     OFries. i?r, g?r, D. jaar, OHG. j[=a]r, G. jahr, Icel. [=a]r,
     Dan. aar, Sw. [*a]r, Goth. j?r, Gr. ? a season of the year,
     springtime, a part of the day, an hour, ? a year, Zend
     y[=a]re year. [root]4, 279. Cf. Hour, Yore.]
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     1. The time of the apparent revolution of the sun trough the
        ecliptic; the period occupied by the earth in making its
        revolution around the sun, called the astronomical year;
        also, a period more or less nearly agreeing with this,
        adopted by various nations as a measure of time, and
        called the civil year; as, the common lunar year of 354
        days, still in use among the Mohammedans; the year of 360
        days, etc. In common usage, the year consists of 365 days,
        and every fourth year (called bissextile, or leap year) of
        366 days, a day being added to February on that year, on
        account of the excess above 365 days (see Bissextile).
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              Of twenty year of age he was, I guess. --Chaucer.
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     Note: The civil, or legal, year, in England, formerly
           commenced on the 25th of March. This practice continued
           throughout the British dominions till the year 1752.
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     2. The time in which any planet completes a revolution about
        the sun; as, the year of Jupiter or of Saturn.
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     3. pl. Age, or old age; as, a man in years. --Shak.
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     Anomalistic year, the time of the earth's revolution from
        perihelion to perihelion again, which is 365 days, 6
        hours, 13 minutes, and 48 seconds.
     A year's mind (Eccl.), a commemoration of a deceased
        person, as by a Mass, a year after his death. Cf. A
        month's mind, under Month.
     Bissextile year. See Bissextile.
     Canicular year. See under Canicular.
     Civil year, the year adopted by any nation for the
        computation of time.
     Common lunar year, the period of 12 lunar months, or 354
     Common year, each year of 365 days, as distinguished from
        leap year.
     Embolismic year, or Intercalary lunar year, the period of
        13 lunar months, or 384 days.
     Fiscal year (Com.), the year by which accounts are
        reckoned, or the year between one annual time of
        settlement, or balancing of accounts, and another.
     Great year. See Platonic year, under Platonic.
     Gregorian year, Julian year. See under Gregorian, and
     Leap year. See Leap year, in the Vocabulary.
     Lunar astronomical year, the period of 12 lunar synodical
        months, or 354 days, 8 hours, 48 minutes, 36 seconds.
     Lunisolar year. See under Lunisolar.
     Periodical year. See Anomalistic year, above.
     Platonic year, Sabbatical year. See under Platonic, and
     Sidereal year, the time in which the sun, departing from
        any fixed star, returns to the same. This is 365 days, 6
        hours, 9 minutes, and 9.3 seconds.
     Tropical year. See under Tropical.
     Year and a day (O. Eng. Law), a time to be allowed for an
        act or an event, in order that an entire year might be
        secured beyond all question. --Abbott.
     Year of grace, any year of the Christian era; Anno Domini;
        A. D. or a. d.
        [1913 Webster] year 2000 bug

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Civil \Civ"il\, a. [L. civilis, fr. civis citizen: cf. F. civil.
     See City.]
     1. Pertaining to a city or state, or to a citizen in his
        relations to his fellow citizens or to the state; within
        the city or state.
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     2. Subject to government; reduced to order; civilized; not
        barbarous; -- said of the community.
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              England was very rude and barbarous; for it is but
              even the other day since England grew civil.
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     3. Performing the duties of a citizen; obedient to
        government; -- said of an individual.
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              Civil men come nearer the saints of God than others;
              they come within a step or two of heaven. --Preston
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     4. Having the manners of one dwelling in a city, as opposed
        to those of savages or rustics; polite; courteous;
        complaisant; affable.
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     Note: "A civil man now is one observant of slight external
           courtesies in the mutual intercourse between man and
           man; a civil man once was one who fulfilled all the
           duties and obligations flowing from his position as a
           'civis' and his relations to the other members of that
           'civitas.'" --Trench
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     5. Pertaining to civic life and affairs, in distinction from
        military, ecclesiastical, or official state.
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     6. Relating to rights and remedies sought by action or suit
        distinct from criminal proceedings.
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     Civil action, an action to enforce the rights or redress
        the wrongs of an individual, not involving a criminal
     Civil architecture, the architecture which is employed in
        constructing buildings for the purposes of civil life, in
        distinction from military and naval architecture, as
        private houses, palaces, churches, etc.
     Civil death. (Law.) See under Death.
     Civil engineering. See under Engineering.
     Civil law. See under Law.
     Civil list. See under List.
     Civil remedy (Law), that given to a person injured, by
        action, as opposed to a criminal prosecution.
     Civil service, all service rendered to and paid for by the
        state or nation other than that pertaining to naval or
        military affairs.
     Civil service reform, the substitution of business
        principles and methods for the spoils system in the
        conduct of the civil service, esp. in the matter of
        appointments to office.
     Civil state, the whole body of the laity or citizens not
        included under the military, maritime, and ecclesiastical
     Civil suit. Same as Civil action.
     Civil war. See under War.
     Civil year. See under Year.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  civil year
      n 1: the year (reckoned from January 1 to December 31) according
           to Gregorian calendar [syn: calendar year, civil year]

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