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Examples of biannual in a Sentence
- Politicians still tremble when Barry begins his biannual comeback flirtations. … But if they'd spent less time looking over their shoulders and more time looking over election returns, they'd have seen that Barry was likely heading for a poleaxing when he called it quits. —Michael Schaffer, New Republic, 22 Apr. 2002
- … have recommended routine annual or biannual mammographic screening for asymptomatic women without a personal or family history of breast cancer, starting at the age of 40. —Nels Marcus Thygeson, Journal of the American Medical Association, 8 July 1986
- One of the more fascinating commonplace facts about the whitetail is its biannual change of color. Summer, when deer come "into the red," as the saying goes, scant reddish-brown hairs replace the winter coat. Fall, deer come back "into the blue," though less than blue, with a thick pelage of hollow, grayish-tan hairs … —John G. Mitchell, Smithsonian, November 1982
The group holds biannual meetings in December and July.
The art show is a biannual event that won't happen again for two more years.
Recent Examples of biannual from the Web
Other actions Council approved a motion authorizing the city manager to enter into a biannual agreement with the city's current codification firm, Walter H. Drane Company.
The city has also capitalized on temporary exhibits in recent years, including pop-up art demonstrations like the Art of Ice Cream Experience, as well as the city's biannual Canal Convergence.
The European Commission has launched a public poll on whether its biannual daylight saving rules should be scrapped for good.
Other bills aimed at the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs would create a new protocol for reporting disease outbreaks and require biannual health reports to be sent to state lawmakers.
So a semiannual sale happens once every half a year – just like a biannual one.
Chu says the biannual time switches are bad for people’s health and that there’s widespread support for more daylight in evening hours.
Trump also regularly criticizes NATO countries for not spending enough on defense, and just recently in the run up to the alliance’s biannual summit sent letters to at least several members hitting those points again.
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries is set to hold its biannual meeting of oil ministers in Vienna Friday.
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Did You Know?
When we describe something as biannual, we can mean either that it occurs twice a year or that it occurs once every two years. So how does someone know which particular meaning we have in mind? Well, unless we provide them with a contextual clue, they don't. Some people prefer to use semiannual to refer to something that occurs twice a year, reserving biannual for things that occur once every two years. This practice is hardly universal among English speakers, however, and biannual remains a potentially ambiguous word. Fortunately, English also provides us with biennial, a word that specifically refers to something that occurs every two years or that lasts or continues for two years.
BIANNUAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of biannual for English Language Learners
: happening twice a year
: happening every two years
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