ep·​i·​sod·​ic ˌe-pə-ˈsä-dik How to pronounce episodic (audio)
-ˈzä- How to pronounce episodic (audio)
variants or less commonly episodical
ˌe-pə-ˈsä-di-kəl How to pronounce episodic (audio)
 also  -ˈzä-
: made up of separate especially loosely connected episodes
: having the form of an episode
: of or limited in duration or significance to a particular episode : temporary
may be able to establish whether the sea-floor spreading is continuous or episodicA. I. Hammond
: occurring, appearing, or changing at usually irregular intervals : occasional
an episodic illness
ˌe-pə-ˈsä-di-k(ə-)lē How to pronounce episodic (audio)
 also  -ˈzä-

Examples of episodic in a Sentence

the long novel was filmed for television as an episodic movie that was shown over the course of five evenings malaria is characterized by episodic attacks of chills and fever that coincide with mass destruction of blood cells
Recent Examples on the Web Past research has found that bats, rats, monkeys and other animals use place cells to help create cognitive maps of spaces that can be used in episodic memory, or the ability to remember life experiences. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Apr. 2024 Beyond that award, the PGA also presents prizes for animated features, documentary features, episodic TV and limited series, among others. Todd Longwell, Variety, 25 Feb. 2024 Steven has more moral authority than anyone else on episodic TV. Chris Snellgrove, EW.com, 18 Jan. 2024 That hasn’t stopped streamers from trying, and last year, Tencent debuted its own live-action, episodic take on Liu’s book. Charles Pulliam-Moore, The Verge, 21 Mar. 2024 There’s a lot to appreciate about the humor and skill and sheer muscular competence that goes into good, solid, episodic network TV. Lili Loofbourow, Washington Post, 29 Feb. 2024 But Slack is fleeting and episodic, designed to transact but not to capture. Ann Kowal Smith, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 Issues with episodic memory — memory for events in time or if a person doesn’t remember going shopping, for example — can be a sign of a progressive disorder, but not always. Ghael Fobes, NBC News, 10 Feb. 2024 The 30th Slamdance Film Festival has announced its complete 2024 lineup, including 32 features, 75 shorts and five episodic titles. Jaden Thompson, Variety, 4 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1711, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of episodic was in 1711

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“Episodic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/episodic. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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