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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
The paper, written by Paul Beaudry, professor at the University of British Columbia, and IMF economist Tim Willems, uses a sample of forecasts for 189 countries made by the biannual IMF World Economic Outlook publication between 1990 and 2016.
From ice cream sandwiches to theater tickets to temporary tattoos to dog treats, $1 bargains of all kinds await at the biannual Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll.
Now in its 14th year, the biannual crowd-pleaser has expanded from its original concept to include a rock climbing wall, pickleball courts, stand-up paddle boats and – to the delight of many on hand – the inclusion of dogs.
And of course, for the dedicated follower of fashion, nothing beats the biannual Net-a-Porter markdown.
Platforms must publish biannual reports on their efforts.
But a new study, reported here this week at Evolang, a biannual conference on the evolution of language, finds that these markings and others like them lack key characteristics of symbols.
The biannual grants fund films in the screenwriting and initial development stage.
Mayor Dave Bieter shares a few statistics from a biannual citizen survey.
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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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