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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
More than 80 percent of respondents to a survey by Haynes and Boone LLP said their borrowing bases, or credit availability backed by collateral, will likely increase as banks conduct their biannual reviews, the law firm said Tuesday.
But almost a decade later, the now-20-year-old continues to cross the bumpy bridge onto the island twice a year with his parents and sister for biannual cleanups held along its shoreline.
The soccer tournament is a biannual competition between North American, Central American and the Caribbean national teams.
Their destination: spring, or the springlike profusion of floral sheets, pillowcases, and cocktail napkins at the D. Porthault store, which was holding its biannual sale.
The biannual Mars/Saturn meetup is often considered bad news, since the combo rule challenges, obstacles, fears, and setbacks.
This year is on a pace to outstrip that number, especially with the induction ceremonies set to make their biannual stop in Cleveland on Saturday, April 14, for the enshrinement of the Class of 2018.
This essay first appeared in Ninth Letter, a long-running biannual print journal of fiction, poetry, and formally inventive nonfiction, published by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Daylight Saving Time has sprung into national headlines recently as more states consider ditching the biannual switch.
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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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