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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.
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Recent Examples of biannual from the Web
The biannual honors list is released on the Queen's official birthday in June and at the end of each year.
Afghanistan’s own commando forces, according to the Pentagon’s biannual status report to Congress.
This biannual magazine is packed with recipes, profiles, features and photos that are all meant to celebrate women in food.
Its 11,000-person strong cycling club gives members free in-store coffee, a biannual magazine, access to special rides, and the ability to rent high-end canyon bikes, among other perks.
Also at Wednesday's council meeting, an amendment was passed that will provide for biannual registration and inspection of Pepper Pike rental properties.
Finally, someone helped him spring the door. * * * This essay first appeared in Boulevard, St. Louis’ biannual print journal, founded by fiction writer Richard Burgin in 1985.
After heavy lobbying by the sector, organizers of the biannual Outdoor Retailer gear show that has taken place in Salt Lake City decided to move it to Denver.
So, Treasury Partners started an internship program and also hosts a biannual wealth-management symposium, which puts college students in touch with successful advisers who offer insight into financial career paths.
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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.
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